The bird - flesh & bones - existing in the imperfect reality of the world.
It's reflection seems more beautiful, more perfect, somehow invoking the transcendent essence of birdness.
The photo - reconciling the actuality and the essence in a symmetrical image.
The physical body exists in the dimension of time and space. The spirit exists in a dimension beyond time and space. To me, this photo invokes this duality.
Quite amazing! It is quite difficult to snap this view. Patience is necessary but luck is also needed.
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