Two days ago I was exploring the Bolin Creek Trail. I wanted to photograph ‘autumn,’ but in the forest I am drawn to fallen and rotting trees.
I got onto my knees in front of this stump and stuck my camera into the holes in the wood. Seeing through the view-finder was impossible. I couldn’t maintain the necessary posture. So I just snapped about a dozen photos, pointing the camera at the bottom, at the top, and so forth from the entrance. Outside, scrolling through images on the camera, I couldn’t recognize what was in this photo. But after viewing it on my computer I was surprised and pleased that I went to the trouble to get on my knees. Do you see it?
There is a dead bird attached to the wood. A bird or a bat. I don’t know which. The skull of the animal is almost dead center. A foot is visible in the upper right portion of the image. It appears to have just died and decayed there. Perhaps on a cold and stormy winter night.