"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, 10 October 2013

The Happy Faces of Octoberfest Parade - Part II

I've had just enough time to...   hunt for smiles

A Generous Smile

Around the fire, the hunter illustrates
A sea of faces is not the best hunting place
Crowded heads and hurried paces produce only
Frozen smiles with insipid tastes, we hunt
The wild antelopes that leap from hidden bases

A Cheer-ful smile

A Bald Smile

A Smile in Every Direction

The best lure for smiles is another smile
Dredged from the depth, still smelling of blood
Excites the hearts, setting them aflame
Spreading quickly through the land of game
Smiles will rise like a flock of startled birds
On a sudden charge of stampeding herds
Smiles after smiles the hunter aimed
Smiles after smiles the hunter claimed

A "watch out for the horse shit!" Smile (woman) & A Careless Smile (old man)

A Hidden Smile

A Saluted Smile

A (not so successful) Covered Smile

That cold October morning, the hunting was good. I hunted and caught smiles after smiles. I hope to catch a few with this post. I still remember the lesson taught - “the best lure for a smile is another smile”.

Prancing Smiles

Many Colourful Smiles

A Juliet Smile (where's Romeo?)

And finally the smile I tried hardest to capture. Saw the lady in uniform controlling the crowd. She was serious in her task. I willed her to smile and finally my long distance mind control worked and I caught her smile! :)


  1. sf1003!, Onasill, bjebie, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    Beautiful street scene! smile does not cost anything to give, but the person that gets it has a smile in his/her heart for ever:-)

    A beautiful composition.
    Excellent viewpoint & saturated colors, compliments.
    Love people that smile...

    ShambLady catching up....still a bit slow :)
    wonderful - first time on phone accessing flickr ever...keeping it short - will be back soon and look at other pic.'s

    october blue
    A lovely smile and wonderful street shot ! Captures the festive spirit of Octoberfest so very well ...fine work !


    Jeff S. PhotoArt
    Excellent work, well done! Enjoy your weekend! :-))


  2. ineedathis
    He could be Santa of all I know:-)
    We used to have an old man come to the store during Christmas he was dressed as Santa, he spoke and acted as if he was Santa,
    Great shot of him!
    Btw I want that cart for my garden:-)

    Happy celebration!

    Beautiful portrait of this young lady! that smile was just for you:-)

  3. A very nice series Thou San! :-)

    Big hug from the Netherlands,


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