Even as I was in the car driving I could hear the lot of them. They were congregated across the high trees. Arguing. Falling like dark leaves from the branches as they took turns plundering the cornfields. Tiny seeds in greedy black beaks.
[A flock of
common fabulous grackles layered with a multiple exposure of trees]
© Karen McRae, 2014
49 thoughts on “Dark Leaves”
Marvellous image. Gorgeous words.
Fabulous! The words are fit so perfectly with this wonderful image…an experience felt so vividly. Superb.
Usually when I am struck by an image and want to comment, the words come easily. I find with your images, I have few words…not for any other reason than the fact that the speak beautifully for themselves.
Oh yes! You’ve captured, the birds, the time of year, and layers of time upon time.
Absolutely mystical. 🙂
Love your art. Very Inspirational. 😀
I see this event in the fields every year. Great job.
Beautiful but somewhat haunting image !
Another lovely image and description. Just to let you know I always enjoy your posts even though I seldom comment! Harriet
It’s a beautiful image, Karen.
I know I leave basically the same comment but I am so impressed with your artistry, Karen. Nothing you do would ever occur to me. I can see this and many others hanging on walls. If they aren’t, then they should be.
Reminds me of days in the middle of nowhere places, waking on some mornings to find the world already alive and painted.
So beautiful (both the words and picture)
Fantastic picture, Karen.
gorgeous, brilliant, amazing!
Beautiful image. The shadowy images of the Grackles are so distinct that the whole scene seems to move through the transparency with them.
I love these Brueghelian colours applied to your images. Sombre but full of light. How utterly beautiful.
I simply LOVE your approach to imagery Karen.
Beautifully written. The comparison between the birds and falling dark leaves is delicious and delicate.
your work is like poetry your poetry like your photography
A particularly beautiful and moody image. Karen. And the writing too. Bravo!
Both luscious and bleak (quoth the raven, nevermore.)
Your work is so painterly Karen. The birds DO become the leaves amongst that delicate tracery. It is a timeless image, but also a distinct moment.
It’s like a dream. Great !!
Do you sell prints?
Beautiful, evocative, haunting Karen, I love your work
a beautiful image
A very atmospheric image. There are a couple of rookeries a couple of houses from me, so I’m used to the sounds. I like the term arguing. I’ve often wondered what they’re trying to communicate to each other.
Love the intensity of feeling in this, Karen. It scratches and paws at that spot in the mind where mystery and invention reside. And it’s technically beautiful.
Another glorious piece of art Karen. Simply gorgeous!
fantastic composition – I love the mystical quality 🙂
ohhhh… grackles…. i thought they would be crows…. i am still eager to follow them back to their congregational wintering spot in ottawa…. i love seeing the crows moving across the sky.
and grackles – lovely, lovely birds… such a sheen and surprise of colours glinting at the right angles.
gorgeous art print – incredible how you melt these pieces together to create such rich evocative pieces.
Amazing! THESE photos are like a paint!
A fine image, full of marauding energy and sense of forbeoding
What a beautiful and fascinating photo, Karen! Totally loved it! 🙂
Karen, this is intensely beautiful, this takes my breath away. I’m going to reblog it. Adrian
Thanks very much, Adrian. I sincerely love that you feel such a response to this image.
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An intensely beautiful, haunting image from Karen McRae. OK, its a composite of more than one photo, its probably not what you would have seen had you been there. But, in the presence of such beauty and atmosphere, such considerations are wholly superfluous. Adrian
Oh, I love this! What a powerful and storytelling image!
Splendid work, Karen!
So nice! 🙂