Duck Tales | #WordlessWednesday

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.  –Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”

On a recent visit to the park, I observed the little girl pictured above and her older brother chattering and interacting with the ducks. Based on their conversation, they visited the park frequently. They “knew” the birds personally, gave them names, and as you can see, fed them from their hands. I couldn’t resist photographing such a precious sight.

16 thoughts on “Duck Tales | #WordlessWednesday

  1. franhunne4u says:

    Have to agree, a beautiful shot – but … I don’t know about the law in the US, here in Germany you are forbidden to publish a picture of a person without their consent (in this regard, the consent of the parent). And putting that photo out in the internet is publishing. Ask yourself: Would you want that a complete stranger took a photo of your child and published it and you had no control over that?

    Children are innocent, that is true. But that doesn’t mean they have no rights. Particularly children we don’t know.

    Sorry, to be such a spoilsport.

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      It’s not at all illegal in the USA to photograph or publish photos of a child w/o consent. BUT of respect for the child, I modified the photo so her face is indistinguishable. Even if one zooms in, the little girl looks like just about any other little girl with a ponytail, since her facial features are blurred. Indeed, in this photo, one can’t even be sure of her ethnicity. I would probably have to tell her mother this is her–that’s how far from the original this photo is.

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      • franhunne4u says:

        Good to hear that the laws are different in the US. We have a very strict “right to your own picture”. So nobody could go ahead, take a photo of someone and use it to advertise a doubtful product without the consent of the person shown on the photo.

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  2. revruss1220 says:

    A beautiful moment, beautifully captured. I was interested in the exchange with the German person above. I heard a story on NPR last week about this exact issue. Apparently, there was a global agreement several years ago about standards and practices in taking and sharing photos – particularly of children – on the internet. Most countries signed. One of the few holdout, non-signers, of course, was the U.S. I think you have taken the right precautions to make her face nondescript while still conveying the beauty of the moment. Thanks for this.

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  3. Esha says:

    Beautifully captured. I love the way you blurred the photo…makes it almost like an impressionist-painting, if I may say so! Your picture speaks a thousand words, Chandra. Thank you for sharing this post and joining our weekly linkup, this week.

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