There is a traditional form of Bullfighting on the north of Portugal called "Chega de Bois". When you put two "Barrosão" bulls at the same place (on this case a soccer field) the result is that they will discuss in a "pleasant" manner which one of them will rule the place.
There's no way they will peacefully share the area: they will have to have a fight where the winner takes it all. But it doesn't end here: the looser will humbly and definitely accept his condition. Don't worry: their fight rarely causes any serious consequences.
Sometimes nature is strange. Rich, to be more precise.
A friend once showed me a rather pessimistic view of the human kind, which I do not agree, when he stated that the natural state of the society is being always under sheer violence, just like two bulls that face one another.
I agree that, yes, we do have a primal tendency that pushes us to dominate. But fortunately, there's something in us, humans, that enables us to reach to the conclusion that maybe a fight is not the best option -that's Reason - something that permits you not to let go that punch that your fist would be delighted to apply - and that's liberty.
Even economy has reached to the conclusion that in a fight everyone loses. One of the conclusions of the "Game Theory" developed by economy gurus is that, in the long run, crime doesn't pay: If you're unfair in business, you will suffer from it sooner or later.
After all, litigation is not as reasonable as it would seem: it's just bull business.
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zoso68 (17) 2007-06-15 21:08
Great animals and contrast.
Good decisive moment
nivaldo (15415) 2007-06-15 21:13
Um lindo flagrante, bela imagem, embora não concorde muito em luta de animais induzidas por nós, "animais humanos" !
Uma boa tomada Francisco e espero que os bichos não tenham sofrido. Sou contra as touradas, vaqueijadas, "Farra do Boi" ou qualquer ato de violência para os animais.
Um abraço. Nivaldo
euryan (8436) 2007-06-15 21:30
The moment of capture is perfect here. The cropping and composition are very good too. Your note was very intelligent as well, and I enjoyed reading it. Good job.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-06-15 22:25
Shall I continue...?
Portugal ? 2007 ?
You guys out there - you certainly have your share of fun... (:-))))))))))
Incredible scenery... This dwelling building behind (???)...People commonly gazing at the duel…!!!!
Kinda shocking - I must tell you, Francisco.
In every good meaning of that word.
But then…You must have get used to see such stuff - Have ya ' buddy…? (:-))))))))
Great WE, Francisco
colinb (1590) 2007-06-15 23:25
Great action shot. It's chock full of tension. You captured a perfect moment. TFS!
Dpbours (222) 2007-06-16 0:07
Great note! Doesn't mean I think your picture isn't great - it's great as well - but your note really builds it up. Nice one. The building behind it is just unreal. You wouldn't imagine this on a football field somewhere next to an office block, school or suburbian living uglyness. Great.
Have a good weekend! Dennis
isabela_sor (47541) 2007-06-16 1:20
Unusual place for this kind of scene.Your shot is really great, a very decisive moment,and the title very funny.Tell me how was the end,which one won?
Have a nice weekend
Cara (2059) 2007-06-16 7:31
Boa foto, o momento é emocionante e foi bem captado, as cores e composição funcionam muito bem. Ainda bem que raramente sai 1 animal aleijado.
Bom trabalho, Cumprimentos,
Clairedelune (4923) 2007-06-17 15:29
Lols! Really strange to see these bull fighting with a background that looks so much like an appartement building with people quietly looking from their window...
I like your timing here, very good with the two "beasts" facing each other, and the dust coming from their "activity" (!).
Bull business! Love it! :))
Bluejeans (64247) 2007-06-19 17:40
Ola Francisco ficou fantastica este duelo de touros , gostei muito das cores , gostei do pó no ar ,parabens!!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
pjorgeoliveira (10) 2007-06-25 8:59
Undoubtely your best photo.
i like the comment and the critique moment that you caught.
There are several elemnts that enrich this photo:
1) The dust creates a realy sense of movement
2) The two men expressions and the other people who are looking by the window!
3)The horizontal lines of the buildings that takes for the real fight in the "arena".
riclopes (35577) 2007-06-28 4:57
1º que tudo, os meus parabéns pela magnífica nota, Francisco. Está realmente muito boa e apropriada para a excelente imagem que nos mostras. Estes dois bichinhos são impressionantes e apanháste-os muito bem na sua luta pelo território. A apresentação está muito bem conseguida com a original moldura castanha. Também gosto de ver o pessoal lá atrás a observar o combate e do grafismo acastanhado das fachadas. Grande post!
luisafonso (862) 2007-07-02 8:06
Está muito boa Francisco. Ver estes bisontes - ok, bois da raça barrosã - no meio de um campo pelado com aquela arquitectura moderna lá atrás é uma cena realmente intrigante. A exposição está perfeita e aquela nuvem de pó aumenta em muito o realismo e o dinamismo da cena. Grande nota...
xuaxo (6846) 2007-07-03 4:39
Gosto de ver o homem no meio dos bois (o outro não tanto).
Também é interessante esta cena de tempos imemoriais com um prédio moderno atrás.
jorgeoliveira (40) 2007-07-06 10:24
Não sofro de doença bipolar. Sou o mesmo Jorge Oliveira que te comentou a tua foto. Só que gostei tanto que mereces mais dois pontos. O contrastes está brutal!Não me importava de ter tirado esta foto!Parabéns! Um abraço
banyanman (7789) 2007-09-01 8:07
A great title, Francisco, for this most unusual photograph. It is quite surreal to see these bulls facing each other off in front of what looks like an apartment building. The capture of the dust and those superbly sharp horns are the two best elements of this image. I like also the very relaxed stance of the man inside the fence - I think I would rather be on the other side! Cheers . . . David
- Copyright: Francisco Brito (Francisco_Brito) (219)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-01
- Categories: Festivals, Nature, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus C-7070WZ, Olympus Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): "Bull spectacles" [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-15 21:05