Minimalism_DSC0206 The stretch of sandy beach shows up this female ostrich’s form and graceful gait. Being flightless, their defence is speed and those elegant long legs are adapted for high velocity movement. They move fast reaching up to 70 km/h.This ‘rear’ view reveals the two-toed feet, which remind me of a ballet dancer’s ‘en pointe.  Surprisingly that slender long stretch of lower leg is acutally the long tarsometatarsus bone and that is the bird’s ankle mid-way up, while the knee joint is neatly out of view,  hidden under plumage. Hopefully my minimalistic shot, hones the subject against a decluttered background.  It will be interesting to see other examples of this week’s challenge – here’s the link to check out this week’s photo challenge: “Minimalist”  Jen H poses this week’s challenge with the following in mind: “Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer. At first thought, it may seem like it would be easy to shoot an engaging minimalist photograph, when indeed it can often be the opposite. A minimalist photo can also effectively tell a story, in spite of its relative simplicity, and it is anything but ‘plain’. ”

18 thoughts on “Minimalist

  1. This is perfect. I had an image in mind quite similar in style (but not subject) but it is on my home computer so couldn’t use it. Hopefully there will be another opportunity.

  2. Terrific shot, Liz, and perfect for the challenge.
    Love your ballerina reference. Did you ever see Walt Disney’s Fantasia? Worth the effort if you haven’t. Ostriches dancing to Ponchielli’s The Hours.

    1. Love this comment, although Must admit I’ve not seen Fantasia, but the idea of it appeals. Now you’ve sparked a vision of Swan lake and the Pas de quatre… Long legged ostriches kicking up the cygnet scene … Can’t help smiling!

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