Rear View Perspectives – Varied

by Sheila Finkelstein on September 6, 2008

little blue heron - rear view
Rear View of a Little Blue Heron at Green Cay Wetlands

Humor for the weekend – At dusk yesterday, I took several photographs of this little blue heron. Because of poor lighting most of then did not turn out well. Then this one of the rear view of the bird came up on my computer monitor, after downloading, and I laughed, mainly at the thoughts that instantly starting running through my head, expressions related to rear-end views. No need to elaborate here. Whatever comes up for you is perfect.

Then as I was doing my morning writing, earlier today, I remembered “Rhino’s Butt” and the photo/drawing (below) that I did several years ago.

rhino's butt photo/drawing on photography and transformation blog

I photographed this particular rhinoceros from the tram at the San Diego zoo. What had attracted my attention was not the butt view of the rhino. Rather, I was intrigued with the repetition of textures in the animal’s hide and along the floor and wall. Thus, I photographed the scene and then emphasized the patterns using my hand-enhanced, photo/drawing technique.

An aside – If you know a rhino lover and collector of art objects, this photo/drawing, as well as those of giraffes and peacocks, can be found on several products in my Nature Art Gift Shop. He and the others are also available on hand-mounted prints on 5″X7″ note cards. See Zoo Animal Note Cards.

To sum up today’s observations on “rear views,” we have the one where the bird, perhaps intentionally, turned his rear to me. Then there is the rhinoceros who was simply standing there to be fully observed in his environment.

Lastly, going back to earlier this week’s Picture to Ponder post with the rear-view of an hibiscus (see a few posts below on this blog, or Picture to Ponder, Vol 4 – Issue 32), we have the situation where we were in a position to walk around and see all sides and angles of the subject – not possible in either of the first two situations.

Where would you prefer your attention to be? There is, of course, the final option where you are the subject AND I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Have fun with this.


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