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Death of a Squirrel

Posted by
Craig Persel (Montreal, Canada) on 16 May 2007 in Animal & Insect.

A difficult shot ... and ... at least in the west ... a reality of death that we do our utmost to hide from. We pretend it does not exist so that we can remain anchored in our ego, desires and delusions of permanacy in this world.

Canon PowerShot SD300 1/60 second F/4.0 13 mm

Bahar from Toronto, Canada

wow..amazing shot! I like the tone and detailed highlights.

16 May 2007 4:11pm

Yvon from Meerkerk, Netherlands

The tones fit the image. Sorry for the squirrel.

16 May 2007 6:40pm

Peter F from paris, France

that's a great self-portrait on your 'about' page :)

16 May 2007 9:45pm

Art Monkey from Salt Spring Island, Canada

too sad - love the tones and the detail of this shot

16 May 2007 10:31pm

Angry Buddha from United States

Brutal shot, but great processing.

17 May 2007 1:32pm

Aaron Schmidt from Auckland, New Zealand

"We pretend it does not exist so that we can remain anchored in our ego, desires and delusions of permanacy in this world."
Hence the reason religion proliferates so well.

I would argue that there is a fine line between "pretending it does not exist" and choosing not to dwell on it. From an evolutionary standpoint there would be no benefit in spending time with death as it would quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria and disease. "Live and let die..."

That is not to say that all death should be treated with cold-hearted indifference but rather it should be viewed as a very natural part of life. Lessons can only be learned when death happens unnaturally as in the case of cars and squirrels.

18 May 2007 11:38am

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Um, a smashing shot! No, really well taken and processed. I'll bet you were glad to convert it to monochrome.

19 May 2007 1:39am

Daniel from Olympia, United States

buce b&w.

19 May 2007 10:59am

AM Pilon from Montréal, Canada

Magnifique image and text!

19 May 2007 4:25pm

Madhavi from Worcester, United States

Beautiful shot but brutal like someone already commented. I think to some extent even in the east (atleast from an Indian prespective) people dont like to talk about it. They try not to "tempt" fate/death. My grandmum, for instance, never said "the flame of a lamp died out", instead she would say "it climbed a hill"!!

19 May 2007 10:37pm

Balpa from Ravenna, Italy

poor squirrel. love the tones and the detail of this shot

22 May 2007 9:23am

Duncan Galbraith from Kyoto, Japan

Tragic and unflinching portrayal. A striking image.

27 May 2007 12:23pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I like the way the background texture compliments the texture of the squirrel's fur. I don't think we should shy away from depicting the tragedy of death. Here in Texas dead animals killed by automobiles litter our highways --from small animals like squirrels to larger animals like deer. The carnage is incredible.

29 May 2007 8:59pm

Canon PowerShot SD300
1/60 second
F/4.0
13 mm

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