I was out of town for the Fourth of July/Independence Day celebrations here in the US, so I'm posting this one a few days late.
I've posted a shot of these statues before - the 'Make Way for Ducklings' statues in Boston's Public Garden, a commemoration of a famous children's book set in the city. I happened across them early in the morning of June 29, just after a woman had decorated them with American flags, beads of red white and blue, and a festive bit of headgear. As she left, I learned that she'd dome so in honor of her son, serving in the US Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
Larger version on Flickr, here.
Also, I just realized that I passed my two year mark on TE in late May, during a 'hiatus' from posting. Hard to believe it's only been two years here - my photography has improved quite a bit thanks to the feedback I've gotten from so many of you here, and I look forward to more to come!
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macjake (55614) 2014-07-07 18:58
I remember these ducks, funny how that is because i probably can't remember what i had for breakfast yesterday :)
well, I gotta say my friend - this has got to be the most unique way of celebrating Independence Day in the US.
but in a good way i suppose.
thanks for this unique shot, and congrats on your 2 year mark.
jcpix (13574) 2014-07-07 19:46
Congrats on the 2 year mark, I hit mine tomorrow...I never realized we're only separated here by so little time. :) I do remember these ducks, and this is certainly a fun and original way to celebrate the holiday. Great point of view, really getting down to eye level and using a shallow depth of field to focus on mama duck, but still allowing us to see the happy family in tow with their colorful and patriotic flags just the same. Well done, hope you had a wonderful Fourth! Enjoy the new day ahead. All the best.
Friendly wishes from the West,
serp2000 (39604) 2014-07-07 22:24
First of all I'd like to add my congratulations!
Amazing "patriotic duck". Craig said he knows these ducks, but I have never seen this funny art work. Well, I'd like to send to you my modest present in WS.
emka (77500) 2014-07-07 22:26
Hello Andrew, How funny ducks! I am sure that specially for kids it was a great attraction. Nice idea to celebrate 4th July like this. And also great idea to celebrate your second birthday. Congratulations!!
I was in this park and I missed this lovely monument, stupid of me.
WArm regrads MAlgo
carlo62 (31488) 2014-07-07 23:41
una foto molto simpatica per festeggiare due anni di TE, complimenti.
Le anatre somo state addobbate a dovere, due i festeggiamenti, il 4 luglio e il tuo
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-07-08 1:26
now this is actually quite funny the way the ducks look it their patriotic outfits. Definitely idea different from other :-) Nicely spotted and well taken picture with good use of the shallow DOF. Good proportions in framing and well given sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
resat1972 (7326) 2014-07-08 3:02
the same as it has in moscow
novodeÁ the park.
but there is no flag :)
timecapturer (48086) 2014-07-08 3:21
Happy Anniversary! This did make me smile. Always impressed with the way you guys are always so patriotic, just wish we were a bit more here. Perhaps if Scotland leaves the union in September - England may seek to enhance its identity a bit more and fly the flag of St George on days other than when we are in a Football competition! Albeit for only a brief spell as per usual.
Regards - B.
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2014-07-08 11:57
I remember these ducks too, and once again they make me smile as they such an unusual artwork, but a very nicely thought out one. The lady who decorated them like this has done a commendable job, and your capture of her handiwork is a huge compliment to both her work, and her dedication. A perfect ork of Perth of field that still allows us to see the entire shot, but with main subject of mama duck perfectly clear. Vibrant and smile inducing scene.
And congrats on two years here on trekearth, it has been a pleasure learning about the world through your posts, and learning about photography through your skills.
Best wishes from Ireland
kasianowak (5964) 2014-07-09 0:31
I remember your earlier post. It looks like a completely different photograph due to the festive mood. :-) Also the point of view changes the image completely.
I like your chosen POV and really cool DOF created with wide open aperture.
Happy second anniversary (never too late to celebrate)! :-)
ktanska (24626) 2014-07-10 2:30
Well framed low angle closeup of this Duck and her chicks suddently turned quite patriotic. Really fun one!
mjw364 (7340) 2014-07-10 12:36
Congratulations on two years Andrew - I guess we joined this site around the same time and we have both took a hiatus from the site too!
On the 4th July I was in Hyde Park London watching Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Motorhead - I didn't give Independence a single thought. I was too pissed!
delpeoples (53001) 2014-07-24 1:28
Hehehehehe ahhh this is a beauty. Hilarious. An perfectly timed for the 4th of July. Sorry I missed it. And congratulations on your 2nd birthday here on TE. May there be many many more. Excellent decisive moment shot, full of good fun and lots of humour. Thanks for sharing and thanks for being here on TE, you're a wonderful addition.
adores (36219) 2014-07-26 14:33
What a great way to celebrate! I remember seeing these ducks before, they are so well decorated now. A very nice shot, you framed them very well!
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7467)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-29
- Categories: Humorous, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D7000
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Flags, Statues and Sculpture [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-07 17:26