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Papa, I Found A Stick!!

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 15 September 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Of all of the magical things to be found at the zoo sometimes it is the simplest things that make the most impact.

PENTAX K200D 1/180 second F/6.3 ISO 200 510 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fantastic portrait for this little explorer!

15 Sep 2011 6:09am

@Nazzareno: Thank you very much Nazzareno! ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

wow, what beautiful happy smile!
great portrait.

15 Sep 2011 6:15am

@Roman: Thank you very much Roman! ;-)

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Une attitude et une expression joliment saisies. Un portrait qu'il aimera regarder quand il sera grand !

15 Sep 2011 6:19am

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci beaucoup Evelyne! ;-))

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

wonderful picture of a happy child.

15 Sep 2011 6:25am

@Mirjam: Thank you very much Mirjam! ;-)

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Haaaaapy !

15 Sep 2011 6:50am

@Gérard Beullac: Thank you very much Gerard! Yes, a picture of pure joy! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

The excitement puts a big smile on my face :)>

15 Sep 2011 8:22am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! Yes, it does the same for me!!! ;-)

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, New York, Canada

Must be hard to take photos and watch over kids at a zoo, but keeping an eye
on this boy, I know, is a blessing for you, and he is priceless. Wonderful photo.

15 Sep 2011 8:32am

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you very much Phil! Always a joy to watch after Cael.....but it is wise to double team him!!! ;-))

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb shot, Eric, to capture his gesture of delight. As you say, the simple things are often the most fun!

15 Sep 2011 8:34am

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! There is something about simple joy that is contagious!!!! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

The snake was defeated ! Lovely shot , Phil

15 Sep 2011 8:39am

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

vaFA from tehran, Iran

Beautiful chil!nice close-up.wll done.

15 Sep 2011 8:44am

@vaFA: Thank you very much vaFA! ;-)

vaFA from tehran, Iran

child* :-)

15 Sep 2011 8:45am

@vaFA: ;-))

Mhelene from Paris, France

This one is really fantastic !!

15 Sep 2011 8:48am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Reminds me of my son just a few short years ago, forever picking up sticks!

15 Sep 2011 9:11am

@Curly: Thank you very much Curly! Isn't it amazing how rocks and sticks amuse them so!! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Bien plus grand que lui et il en est tout fier! Trop cute ton petit Cael!

15 Sep 2011 9:16am

@mo.langel: Merci beaucoup Mo! ;-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ahhh . . may such simple pleasures last forever !

15 Sep 2011 9:24am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much Ronnie! Too bad that we can't retain that joy in simple pleasures when we get older! ;-)

janina from Melbourne, Australia

eric, is there something you want to tell me...great shot! ^)^

15 Sep 2011 9:26am

@janina: Thank you very much Janina! ;-)

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Beautiful portrait..well done! Super DOF and bokeh too!

15 Sep 2011 9:53am

@Dokmateo: Thank you very much Dokmateo! ;-)

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

I love the framing in this - gorgeous ^^

15 Sep 2011 10:01am

@kitty: Thank you very much Kitty! ;-)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Wonderful pose and smile!

15 Sep 2011 10:16am

@Paco Díaz: Thank you very much Paco! ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

pure joy with such a simple experience ... ah to be a child!
this is a lovely, lovely image :)

15 Sep 2011 10:27am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thank you very much Sharon! Yes, it's a shame we have to grow up! ;-)


WELL DONE MY BOY, good for you, lovely shot

15 Sep 2011 11:04am

@DIMITRIOS: Thank you very much Dimitrios! ;-)

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


15 Sep 2011 11:30am

@PRASHANT: Thank you very much Prashant! ;-)

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Sometimes I wonder what's in a kid's mind... As for me my son is a real peculiar boy.. Nice one Eric!

15 Sep 2011 11:45am

@Riccardo: Thank you very much Riccardo! I am sure you are not the only one! ;-)

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

he is gorgeous little one ;)

15 Sep 2011 11:52am

@Mariana M.: Thank you very much Mariana! Yes, we think so too! ;-)

jay from MUMBAI, India

Ohhh..Soooo Cute...Beautiful Portrait

15 Sep 2011 11:58am

@jay: Thank you very much Jay and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

One stick is enough to be satisfied. This is a childhood. Very nice capture Eric.

15 Sep 2011 12:28pm

@Tomek: Thank you very much Tomek! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

... a very, very long stick, it is gigaaaaaaaaaantic!
Great moment for Cael.

15 Sep 2011 12:37pm

@El pare: LOL....thank you very much Manel! ;-)

tataray from france, France

Wow... Petit bonheur réjouissant .
Magnifique Cael.))

15 Sep 2011 12:46pm

@tataray: Merci beaucoup Raymonde! ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Ah, the wonder of a child. Very cute.

15 Sep 2011 1:16pm

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, wonderful indeed! ;-)

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

precious!!! it is almost natural for many to record moments with pictures... sometimes, I hope we can do the same with sounds to listen to in the future. Then again, the best pictures/movies are those that are stored in our hearts. You are adorable, Cael!

15 Sep 2011 1:39pm

@Photographs by M.E.: Thank you very much Maria! Yes, those memories stored in our hearts are always the most clear! ;-)

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I love it..this little guy is superb...and so is his Papa...."Papa" is what Barbara's dad was called by all of his grandchildren.. WOnderful, Eric ;-)

15 Sep 2011 1:51pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you very much Denny! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

as happy as can be! the pose of a champion! a wonderful capture, eric!

15 Sep 2011 2:10pm

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Sticks, rocks - always the favorite toys of so many little boys.

15 Sep 2011 2:14pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! Yes indeed, simple is best! ;-)

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

it is definitely fantastic to go for a walk with little children, for ways you usually needs some minutes, i tooks time for more than an hour! enjoy this moments! ;-)

15 Sep 2011 2:17pm

@klausZ: Thank you very much Klaus! Yes, it is always interesting! ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


15 Sep 2011 2:22pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much Ralph! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture, love the softness of the background against this adorable little guy!

15 Sep 2011 2:27pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic portrait with a wonderful DOF Eric! He just looks so proud of that stick. :-)

15 Sep 2011 2:47pm

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much Jason! Yes, at the moment it was worth more than gold! ;-)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

This is a great portrait ! Bravo.

15 Sep 2011 3:25pm

@DowsherVision: Thank you very much DowsherVision! ;-)

Behnam from Esfahan, Iran

So happy just with a stick ! I miss my childhood !
Very good capture.

15 Sep 2011 3:48pm

@Behnam: Thank you very much Behnam! I am glad it brought back good memories! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Just look at that little man with his hand tightly gripped around his toy of the day. A super shot! ;D

15 Sep 2011 4:36pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thank you very much Judy! Yes, it was wonderful! ;-)

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Le bâton est plus grand que lui superbe iamge quel bel enfant fantastique

15 Sep 2011 4:36pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! ;-)

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Adorable Lucy !

15 Sep 2011 4:37pm

@Marie LC: Thank you very much Marie! ;-)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Today your grandson has made ​​a great discovery ... has found a walking stick to help! A nice image that excites me! A hug for you and a kiss for him. A hug, Adela

15 Sep 2011 4:50pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful portrait. Lovely smile. He is proud of that stick. Well done, Eric! :)

15 Sep 2011 5:50pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! Yes, proud as only a child can be! ;-)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A huge stick ! Very nice

15 Sep 2011 6:56pm

@Calusarus: Thank you very much Fred! ;-)

Veronique from Suisse/France, France

ses parents vont avoir une belle collection de portraits :-)

15 Sep 2011 8:12pm

@Veronique: Merci beaucoup Véronique! Oui, il aura un large portefeuille avant qu'il est de 18! ;-))

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

But looks like a snake!!! The imagine in a child that age is running wild! ;) Awesome child! Cute shot!

15 Sep 2011 8:43pm

@Sandy Weston: LOL...I only wish I knew what was going through his mind! Thank you very much Sandy! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Every kid likes a good stick! A great shot of this little trooper.

15 Sep 2011 9:11pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful portrait! You can buy the most expensive toy but they like playing more with the box! I love his smile!

16 Sep 2011 12:30am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you very much Elaine! Yes, this is pure unadulterated joy!! ;-)

Kavita from Paramaribo, Suriname

ADORABLE! Awesome photo....joyful

16 Sep 2011 2:51am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A beautiful capture of a very happy little boy. Love his smile ! Well done .

16 Sep 2011 10:38am

@Laurette: Thank you very much Laurette! ;-)

PATRICK from miramas, France

magnific 5****

16 Sep 2011 4:41pm

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! You are very kind! ;-)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Really adorable.

17 Sep 2011 11:31am

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

What a huge discovery!!! It's written all over his face! Charming!

17 Sep 2011 11:46am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes, sometimes the simplest things spark their interest and imagination! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Super shot..yes kid scan play wth anything ..they are on discovery channel-link-time so all is cool almost to them

21 Sep 2011 4:18am

@StarCosmosBleu: Thank you very much Marcel! ;-)

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


3 Oct 2011 4:43am

@Magda: Thank you very much Magda! Sometimes the simplest things are the most entertaining! ;-)

1/180 second
ISO 200
510 mm (35mm equiv.)