"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Why Stand On One Foot When You Can Stand On Two?

I've had just enough time to...   stand on one foot

 Taken of the Kung Fu duck standing on one leg on the rock in the garden of a restaurant in Hanoi

Why stand on one foot when you have two?
Close your eyes and learn from the blind
Stand on one like the flamingos do
And if you do not know why
Know at least how it feels like
Five seconds and counting
You cannot keep still
And if you only have ten seconds
To learn all you can standing on one foot
This is it –

“Do not do unto others what is hateful to you”

And if you need to learn economics standing on one foot, this is it :D -


  1. A 1000 Reasons
    This was taken in a small garden outside a Vietnamese restaurant in Hanoi. There were other ducks swimming and frolicking in the pool. But this lone duck stood stoically one one leg on top of a rock disregarding all the activities around it. There was an air of Zen around it, it was as if it was reflecting on some of Life's profound questions. It stood motionless yet I can feel its sharp gaze on me and watching me with interest. What does it see and what were its thoughts as I took its picture? Maybe we were kindred spirits and it the wiser of us two.

    A 1000 Reasons
    You should stand on one leg and close your eyes and see if you can stand still for more than a few seconds :)
    Ever wonder why flamingos stand on one leg? Is there a reason and do you know?
    In a famous Jewish story, an enlightened rabbi replied to a non-Jew who try to scorn the religion by asking whether the rabbi can teach him the whole Law while he stands on one leg to which came the famous reply "do not do unto others what is hateful to you", all else are just details.

    Andrew 62
    well ... I attempt it in my yoga classes ;-)
    great picture and accompanying text

    henrhyde (gill)
    Beautiful closeup , with great light .
    Love the philosophy of your words.

    ★娜 娜☂Nana added this photo to her favorites.
    Oh...Its So Lovely Capture ...
    Good night, Sweet dreams!(*^ ー ^)

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    Cheri Sundra: Guerrilla Historian

    a good balance in life is all you need :) and doing like the words:
    "do not do unto others what is hateful to you" and the world would be a paradise!
    Could be so easy !!!!!!!
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  2. Emmanuel_D.Photography
    nice pic

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    الله أكبر * " ALLAH HU AKBAR! "

    ★zneppi --- ړײ) added this photo to his favorites.
    Amazing details!

    ★october blue added this photo to their favorites.
    Looks like a very wise philosopher indeed ! He follows his own path ...and his life is in balance . Fine image and writing ....thanks for sharing :-) Happy weekend :-)
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    art work was seen on
    Art for Everyone !

    Thank you for sharing !


  3. "Chuck"
    Wonderful image and thoughts. Hope you have been well, my friend.

    grazie per aver inserito una mia foto tra le tue preferite.
    complimenti per questa splendida foto.

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    Yasmin de light -
    Fabulous capture Thou. I love watching ducks doing this - but your photo is even more special because of the lovely flowing water in the background, the clarity of the shot and your wonderful and thought provoking reflections. This pose always make me think of Yoga and meditation. Which I used to do a long time ago and and I really should start doing again. To me this is a wonderful Zen moment and and a demonstration of inner strength, equilibrium and harmony. Having said that your second paragraph of thoughts about religion certainly puts a different light on the matter. Perhaps if he asked the same request from this Zen duck the duck wouldn't even be bothered by this silly and scornful suggestion. It would be like the well known idiom "water off a duck's back" : D lol : ))

    ★Steve Taylor (Photography) added this photo to his favorites.
    They always look cool to me on one leg

    娜 娜☂Nana
    Do not do unto others what is hateful to you
    This means:是不要做討厭的人?
    Sorry, my poor English >"<

    ★♥♥Evergreen Veronica♥♥ added this photo to her favorites.
    Ohhhh.... yes !!!!!! for us humans ...why ??? ... but for the duckes I think they have other reasons.....
    The photo is so nice....
    and your words so interesting Dear Thou.... I thank you millions and billions of times for the positivity you give me....
    Sorry I was not so present in these days and now I am rushing and not giving my best....(not good)....
    Take care my friend & see you soon.....

    ♥♥Evergreen Veronica♥♥
    Hope your travels do not make you too much tired.... have a good week... Blessings

    That's a very thought provoking question and a great image.

    msonflk is running late
    fabulous shot.

    A 1000 Reasons
    己所不欲, 勿施於人

    TarotWoman 2012
    and he is quite comfortable here...............i wish i could stand on one leg and look quite as elegant :-)
    I fall over haha
    excellent clarity, she is so beautiful and soft.......i can almost reach out and touch her.


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