Prince Charming by MrsRatbag ()
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The turtles weren't the only ones enjoying the warm weather on Sunday...
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around this time, my sister was in the hospital, having fallen down a flight of stairs; and she was beginning to recover without serious complications. It was a relieving time, as you can imagine. She was staying in a suburban hospital. So I took my old bridge camera, finally was able to leave her for a few hours, and walked around the suburbs where there are mansions for miles and miles along the coast of Lake Michigan; and I tried to tackle "mansion photography" while surrounded by trees, overgrowth and winding streets. It wasn't easy: Not many "open" views. So I walked to the lake and found a frog slumbering in a puddle, surrounded by leaves and other stuff. I pulled out my camera and took 16 shots, none of which came out. (Ugh.) That night, I I came to your gallery and saw this. I wanted to shout: Nice timing! How did you know!!! Perfectly timed. I screwed up the shot, but you got it 'for' me... But the MAIN reason I'm commenting on this is that it's a stunning shot, period. Hoping that no frogs are within earshot, frogs aren't the most dapper of animals---sorry, frogs. It's just, they're not likely to be chosen for a Ralph Lauren ad, or to sell Chanel, or show off a Patek Phillippe watch. (Really, how many frogs do you see with a Timex? A Movado, even...) But when sitting in their natural habitats, they conjure a luminous montage as few animals can. This shot is case in point. Beautiful detail on the frog, truly beautiful, with jewels for eyes. And, given that they move a lot, you got a beautiful cut of shadow across its back, and a 'beard' made of bubbles. (Really---it's a beard. A kind of Lincoln beard.) But the surrounding: You might as well have photographed inside a geode. The blues are stunning, the little flowers on the water (or leaves) are beautiful accents, and the overall feeling is one of a fairyland for which this frog is Guardian and Protector. It's a small world, this shot...but its plush and gorgeous, which is something you do in various small shots. You make them seem large because they're so lush. ("Lush" is cognate with "luscious". Apt connection.) Point blank, it's another of your intimate shots that has much more opulence than a small space would suggest; it spills out of its boundaries and just dazzles us. So, for so many shots like this in your gallery, a huge hurrah. This is just beautiful.