Eye of a Mother (Two Photographs), and Some Words on Eyes
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There is not much of a story here, the mother kept her eye on me even as her young one hotfooted it north. I suspect that no matter how you look at this picture the first thing you see are the eyes. That the eyes identify the birds as female Wood Ducks is only the first level. Eyes, it is said, have a special place in our perception of animals including humans; we judge animals and humans in large part by their eyes. For photographers it is the one area that needs to be tack sharp. The tiny catch lights in the eyes bring them alive. Were there no light in the eyes, these shots regardless of the vibrant color, composition etc. would probably strike you as a bit flat and dull.