Narcissus at the Source

I’m getting the usual view that everyone gets if they see a Water Rail:

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are skulking birds which rarely come out of the shadows.

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This one on the Lagoon in Orbetello in Italy decides to come out for a moment and I’m delighted to get a decent photograph of it. This being Italy, I can say chiaroscuro. 

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Then I’m thrilled to see it march out into the shaded pool just in front of me: 

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

What an exceptional bird:

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Their disruptive feather patterning is very effective in this environment:

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It’s a perfect autumn day:

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Then the sun comes out and I can see it clearly. It’s Narcissus at the Source by Caravaggio.

Water Rail - Orbetello - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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