Saturday, August 2, 2014

Louisiana: We Still Stop for Carcasses


Dead bluejay, Franklin, Louisiana


In December 2012, when I was in New Mexico, my mother came to visit. I wrote this post: We Stop for Carcasses.

Still do, and the number of photos has increased to the point of warranting a slide show:



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Not sure why I mark these remains of what used to be life. Perhaps it's that taking a photo and sharing that photo is a conscious noticing of them.

The original post: 

"We Stop for Carcasses."

My mother, Carol, who is visiting me from Missouri, and I were driving at a speedy clip down Highway 117, I think, when I saw chicken-sized ravens making merry on the remains of a large mammal. I wondered if I should stop to take a look, but passed on.

I commented to Carol, "Did you see that animal the ravens were eating"?
"No," she said. 
I asked, "Do you want me to turn around"? 
"Yes. We stop for carcasses," she replied.

So I turned around.


Dead elk, Highway 117, New Mexico



Earlier in Carol's visit, we'd stopped for this fallen elk on Highway 70 between Tularosa and Mescalero.



Dead elk, Highway 70, New Mexico

As Carol was framing her shot, a car pulled up behind us. A man emerged and walked toward us. What? Ah, he was a tourist from Nebraska. He had his camera out, too.

A few years ago, on another trip to New Mexico with my mother, I stopped for a wilderpee along Highway 152, only to almost stumble on this dead dog.



Dead dog, Highway 152, New Mexico


Speaking of almost stumbling on carrion while finding a good place to relieve oneself, here's a shot of a dead deer in Carson National Forest, also in New Mexico, on yet another past trip.  I got all artistic on this shot.  


Dead deer, Carson National Forest, New Mexico


 There has been no lack of carrion in Missouri, either:


Dead armadillo, Highway 21, Missouri


Dead frog, Missouri


Dead snake, Missouri



Dead something, Highway 21, Missouri



Then there was the horse in Nazret, Ethiopia:



Dead horse, Nazret, Ethiopia


... and the one in Monument Valley:




Dead horse, Monument Valley

This poor bird got caught in some branches in Arkansas:


Dead duck, Arkansas



Remains of dove killed by hawk, which later return for leftovers. Alamogordo, NM



 We stop for carcasses.




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