Depth of Soul

Depth of Soul.
Depth of Soul.

One cannot look deeply into the eyes of an animal and not see the same depth, complexity and feeling we humans lay exclusive claim to – Nan Sea Love.

We were wandering around a temple in Chiang Mai this time last year, somewhat separated from our group, when we came across a little collection of ornaments (see below). We were snapping away, giggling at these little guys, when I spotted these brown eyes staring back at me. It gave me a bit of a surprise, but he just blinked slowly and didn’t otherwise acknowledge being spotted. I’m not sure if this dog was well-looked after, he has such a melancholy look about him. I suspect he wanted somewhere to hide from the crowds of people.

Those eyes really resonate with me, they have within them a depth and complexity and feeling as the quote above says. Poor little fella, I hope he is ok.

This is my submission for the Photo101 Rehab Clinic. If you want to join (it’s great therapy), please head over to my dear Lucile’s blog for all the details. Each of these photos was taken with my Olympus OMD EM5 with my 60mm lens wide open at f/2.8.

For the Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth.

x desleyjane

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33 Comments Add yours

  1. oh my he looked awful, as in he looked so sad, my heart just cried i think, seeing him in real would have really upset me, those eyes 😦

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Yes he really looked so final, it was very sad. I only took this one photo of him, I didn’t feel right taking any more…. X

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      1. no i get that, wow so sad, so so sad, ack, can’t think about it, i am simply stupid about animals when it comes to things like this xx

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I know what you mean. My best friend is the same. Let’s think about something else luv. X

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  2. Super post Desley 🙂
    I often find dogs look this way more so than other animals, well except cows…see my almond milk post for that one! I feel animals carry “the weight of the world” on their shoulders more than most humans. Many eyes scream out at what humans are doing to the planet. This guy probably feels a call to freedom.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Lucy. Yes I think you’re right. Although my own god, Gidget, U.S. A bit of a drama queen who THINKS the weight of the world is on her and then sulks when I won’t let her out to chase the neighbourhood cats!!

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      1. Mmmm kitty for dinner 😉

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        1. desleyjane says:

          LOL, I guess you realised God = dog 😊
          Oops!
          The kitties are smart enough to stay just out of reach…

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  3. This photo is stunning. Well done.
    He’s so depressed or maybe just very ill.

    Gidget is a goddess and you know it!!lol
    Xx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I do feel for him 😔
      Yes, she is a cyborg canine goddess, you’re right!
      Xx

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      1. And you’re her slave! How’re the trainings developing?

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        1. desleyjane says:

          There has been a slight cabbage-related setback unfortunately.

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          1. Ops…sorry to hear that. Hope you’re getting better. Xxx

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Yes am ok thanks, just settling on the right amounts. So sleepy! X

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              1. Happy to hear that. How’s the physiotherapy going? Xx

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                1. desleyjane says:

                  Well, it seems to be making it worse. Doc says t stop going, it’s causing flare-ups around the tear apparently. So heat packs and cabbage rolls 😉

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                  1. I’m so sorry. I’m not a fan of physiotherapy, as I had more bad experiences there than I had ever imagined. I found a good one only years later. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.
                    I would not go to one anymore before the edema and pain is over, which I treat with acupuncture. Manipulation works only after the inflammation is gone.
                    Take care, hun.
                    Xxx

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                    1. desleyjane says:

                      Thanks Dr Lu, my other doc said the same thing. I will use heat and gentle stretches and movement. I’m getting there! xox

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                    2. Dr. Lu at your disposal!
                      Btw, this little Buddha looks like me meditating with my glasses on! Lol
                      Xx

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                    3. desleyjane says:

                      LOL, the sleepy one right? Fabulous, that’s how I’ll think of you now 😀

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                    4. Lol. It’s me…seriously!!

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  4. jackijons says:

    Amazing photos! He does look sad, but catching one moment in time….maybe it was just a fleeting look. Some dogs just have that mournful look about them. He is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      My pleasure, and thank you so much. It was a serendipitous moment I think. I really do hope he’s ok…

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  5. trablog says:

    Cute pictures 🙂

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  6. kazg10 says:

    Perfect shot Desley, you can see right through to the depth of its soul 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Karen 😊

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  7. Andy Townend says:

    I’m wondering what’s going on behind those eyes, or maybe I am still freaked out by my own recent story…. lovely photos as always!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      I hear ya Andy, it was pretty freaky, but goooood! Thank you…

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  8. pommepal says:

    Those beautiful, soulful, doggy eyes, so well spotted and beautifully focussed DJ. You have caught his/her soul

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks PP, he was certainly tucked away…

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