End of Flight

30 responses

  1. Frank Wallace

    You need to frame this one. Nice.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

  2. Love it and the colours wow! what bird?

    March 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    • Thank you, Lesley. I’m not 100% certain, but I think it was a crow (or possibly a grackle). Imagine the size of the bird (or creature) that took this one out. These feathers are quite large.

      March 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

  3. Whoa. I’m loving those colors. Very emotional shot.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  4. George Weaver

    Something about this one feels “Lovecraftian”. Kind of sinister and beautiful at the same time. I like it. It’s a different presentation for you. Your style evolves rapidly these days! That’s interesting to me.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    • George, I love that this makes you think of Lovecraft. Indeed, when I came upon it in an alley near my house, I was deeply disquieted by this little scene at the same time I was struck by its beauty.

      March 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

  5. myfullresearch

    Now I recognize you, dear Lemony !
    100 shots like this…

    March 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    • Thank you, mfr. Yes, this one feels just right, doesn’t it. I was settled and unsettled at the same time when I took this shot.

      March 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

  6. Mom

    Melanie, this is going to be one of my favorites. How beautiful. What wonderful colors. It is a work of art. Love, Maman

    March 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm

  7. Love the colours, very stirring!

    March 10, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    • Thank you, Karen. I found the scene of this “event” I happened upon–or rather its remains–quite stirring myself. I’m glad you feel through the image.

      March 10, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  8. Beautifully composed, and very interesting. A lot of nice invention here.

    March 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    • Thank you, Shimon. The image was really already there; I happened to stumble upon it. Sometimes nature takes care of the composition for us.

      March 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  9. This is a lovely eulogy to a winged wonder. You do him (her?) honor.

    March 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    • Thank you, Gary. I was so taken with the sight of what remained of this crow (or grackle, I’m not certain). The scattered feathers (which extended quite beyond the frame of this image) were evidence of quite a showdown. I can only imagine the size of the bird that must have swooped down to do battle with it (if indeed it was another bird that took its life).

      March 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm

  10. Dad

    I like this one, too, for the reasons many wrote. Colors, detail and composition. It’s usually a hawk that does this–all in one fell swoop, then a nice feast.

    March 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

  11. Great colour composition. Shame about the poor bird.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:32 pm

  12. Wow. Just. Wow.

    March 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

  13. Beautiful! What’s the light source? Just sun?

    March 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

  14. I think the picture really matches the title.
    Love the light and the colors; one of my favorites from you Melanie!

    March 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

  15. Guy


    This is a really striking and powerful image . The beauty of the colours are even more poignant given the subject. And I always approve of any post that
    leads to comments using the term Lovecraftian.


    March 12, 2012 at 2:18 am

  16. elmediat

    Excellent ! Love the use of dramatic colour & light.
    The evidence/clues suggest two possibilities:
    1. The cat was faster than the bird.
    2. There was diminutive fan dancer rehearsing in the bushes.

    March 18, 2012 at 2:27 am

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