Final Flight October 9, 2013 | drawandshoot All my words, too, have taken flight. © Karen McRae, 2013 Share this:SharePinterestEmailTumblrFacebookTwitterLinkedInLike this:Like Loading... Related
111 thoughts on “Final Flight”
Wow! A stunning image.
Thank you, Cynthia. Truly.
A powerful photograph, and your title reminds me how powerful a title can be. Thank you.
Hi Linda, thanks for your comment. Yes, titles can be interesting, and a bit of a struggle sometimes.
You and a few other bloggers I follow are adept at finding dead creatures. we must live in an area with lots of scavengers, because I never see any remains, large or small (not even bugs).
Sadly, this one was at my back door having flown into a window. I’d rather find them in the wild where I think they have (mostly) died of natural causes.
It seems kind of odd that you never see dead creatures around, hmm…
gorgeous! one of my favs.
are the colours real? where did you find it?
Yes, the colours are untouched. It’s an immature cardinal that had flown into a window (one of ours, sadly) and didn’t survive.
Sad. Super sad.
It was, just a young one. I had to give it a little sendoff.
Bonjour Karen ,
Ce bel oiseau du temps , capté par ton regard ,
nous conte un pan d’histoire , au nom de son vivant ,
pour au final sous vents , effleurer nos mémoires ,
la plume porte l’espoir , depuis le premier chant.
Becs au delà
C’est incroyablement beau ,NéO.
Un grand merci pour vos mots.
That’s beautifully eerie….
Yes, I guess it is a little eerie. Thank you.
I wasn’t being negative 🙂 It really is a stunning capture…. in an eerie sort of way. I could almost see it as art for a movie poster that might fit one of those horror films that Hollywood loves releasing around Halloween.
I don’t think of eerie as a negative, no worries! : )
‘Nice’ that you tried to revive or honor this unfortunate bird with some last physical movement.
Thank you, Harrie. Yes, one last small flight.
With that light it looks like a Bird Phoenix. Stunning picture!
I like that idea, thank you.
Thanks very much, Mary.
Wonderful, stunning photograph.
Victor, thank you very much! I’m really glad you think so.
Oh, Karen. Tears came to my eyes. Though sad, so beautifully artistic.
I love your response, Karen. Thanks very much.
All my words too, Karen. Sad, and a strong picture.
Your photo is deeply touching. You are a true artist.
Nina, thanks for the very nice words, I truly appreciate them.
What a beautiful flight. A carcass otherwise just become a soil, suddenly
took a flight and transformed to the Art !
And keep flying in the Net-Sphere for ever !
Ah yes, at least living on in the Net-Sphere. : )
Like an arrow to my heart. A terrible, exquistie beauty.
Your words are a good fit for what I was thinking. Thanks for your comment, Elena.
Bird Paradise maybe?! 🙂
I suppose in a way that’s it! : )
Karen…this is just gorgeous!
is it analoge double exposure? laid on a black background?
Thanks so much, Belinda.
It is a digital photograph with movement (a long exposure, and yes, photographed on a black cloth). I have added another layer for some details but the changes are subtle.
A very touching image…. Carnival of the dead.
Thank you, Steven.
Magnificent color choice, Karen. It goes well beyond a typical Fall palette, esp. those pinks and gradations of orange in its feathers and tail. Another spectacular image!
The colours are true to the little bird and are as found. It’s a young cardinal. Nature knows how to make beauty, doesn’t it?
Thanks very much, Patricia.
wow. very much wow
Gosh, thanks very much for the wows. Much appreciated!
Gorgeous, sad beauty. Just stunning. Funny, I spent my morning photographing feathers…
Feathers are a most worthy subject! Thanks, Kat, it is a sad beauty of a subject.
wow … touching and powerful!
I’m happy you think so, Anette, thank you.
Silent but powerful.
Yes, no more songs here. Thanks for your feedback, I like that you find it powerful.
Thank you, Carissa.
That is a real beauty Karen.
Hi Phil, thank you. I tried to make something that honoured this little guy’s beauty. I’m glad you like it.
You just know I’m going to love this karen 🙂 Awesome !
I’m glad you do, Helen. Thank you! : )
beautiful haunting image Karen
Thank you, Veronica.
Thanks, Vicki. It was a lovely little subject.
Now I know understand the expression, still-life.
Your comment sent a little shiver up my spine. Thank you, Brenda.
very poignant and sad…but beautifully captured
Thank you, yes, an unfortunate death.
haunting, beautiful, a dream
That’s what I was hoping. Sincere thanks, Anthony.
What a shame. Poor thing. It’s a beautiful, ethereal image though, Karen.
I’m glad you think so, thank you!
Incredible image Karen!
It’s beautiful, Karen.
Thanks very much, Ashley. I thought you might like this one.
And I do, very much. 🙂
Oh…so sad..up and on its way, carrying the last of its heat..
What a lovely worded comment. Thanks, Cath.
The image, your words (or near lack thereof) evoke the book “Silent Spring.” Wonderful, in an unusual way…
I haven’t read that book but I know of it. We are still dealing with those same sort of challenges as then. Thanks, Alessandro.
A very powerful image, Karen. It really does honour this guy’s beauty. I’ve just seen this Lumen print by John Fobes at http://www.flickr.com/photos/36903458@N07/10208349704/ depicting another fallen bird.
Thanks for that link, Simon. John’s lumen prints are very beautiful!
you have given so much beauty to this image, karen.
Thanks very much, Marina!
Agree with everyone else here. A sad and haunting image but a very, very powerful one.
Thanks for your comment, Uday.
I imagine your bird reached the sun––its red feathers lead me to believe it did.
View “The Ascending Bird” for a confluence of your breathtaking art, music and myth.
(The myth will appear below the video once it starts playing.)
Janet, thank you very much for the link. The music and legend are beautiful. A perfect fit, I think.
The myth does not seem to appear on this site. So here it is:
Santur player Siamak Aghaei and violinist Colin Jacobsen arranged a traditional folk melody that was inspired by mythology. “Ascending Bird” tells the popular legend of a bird attempting to fly to the sun. After two failed attempts, the bird finally makes contact with the sun, losing its physical body in fire, and in this way achieving a metaphorical spiritual transcendence.
It’s like we witness the ascension of its soul. I love the sensible way to approach a deceased creature. Thank you!
Thanks, Roland, yes it’s off on its final flight. A little goodbye, I guess.
That is really a powerful image, so beautiful despite the sadness it convey. Very poignant and serene.
Thank you, Otto.
Karen, I, too, agree with many of our fellow bloggers. Strong, haunting, powerful and beautiful. Still, yes, however the feeling of movement is there, too.
Thanks for your comment, Jane. Much appreciated.
It’s the perfect amount of blur, and placement in the frame, too. It’s always sad when birds fly into our windows – so often they manage to keep going, but I guess this guy hit too hard. So you made good use of the situation.
Yes, I’ve had some hit a window and fly away again but I guess this little one hit too hard. Thanks for your comment.
Very beautiful, moving and profound, Karen – your emotions and sentiments are of value to us all. Adrian
Adrian, thank you for your generous words. Sincerely!
Yes, it makes me think of how all the world is like an aviary as we push higher and further with our buildings, expanding our own spaces, making less room…
great picture karen , sad and beautyful together !
Thank you, Juergen!
I love this picture. I feel deep peace and beauty. And I can see that the soul is still living. Nice done!
A wonderful photo.
You’re a great photographer and artist, Karen. I love your gentleness.