Stills V3

July 5, 2009

feather and leaf

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 08:31

Feather and leaf, Hudswell Wood, Yorkshire, June 2009



  1. The first thing that came to mind was “Angels”. Now this might run counter to the image you’ve built up of me and you’d be right but Nora has a nice lady who works for her who believes in Angels and a white feather apparently means an Angel has been around (so I gather). :-) So Nora and I always mention Angels when we see a white feather. Whereas my second thought is that is another pigeon been grabbed by a sparrow hawk.

    Looking down often reveals things that usually get ignored!

    Comment by Rex — July 5, 2009 @ 16:41

  2. Following on from Rex, I immediately saw the leaf as a replacement for some bones. Strange how even though all the ‘action’ is on the same plane, there is a lot of subliminal depth in this shot – it also is quite gentle on the eye. Though this didn’t immediately grab my attention it does slowly grow on you with the white leave forcing the eye to dig out more objects that are better hidden.

    Comment by akikana — July 6, 2009 @ 07:16

  3. I keep wanting more interpretation or abstraction of this. Perhaps in B&W, or with a muted palette.

    Comment by matt — July 6, 2009 @ 12:56

  4. My first impression, that still lingers, chimes with Matt’s opening statement. However, something about the vegetation and objects appeals even if I have a suspicion that they were ‘planted’: another first impression that has stayed is that this is some sort of votive offering (hence the placing).

    The feather could almost be rabbit fur in its density and the detail and shadow are well handled and I like the strong colouring.

    Rex might remember the cautionary tale about the man looking for money on the street – finds a shard of mirror and discovers the sky!

    Comment by John Ellis — July 7, 2009 @ 06:45

  5. I echo the thought about looking down sometimes, but I’m not sure that there is enough subject here. Lots of beautiful things but in insufficiently aesthetic arrangement….

    Comment by Colin — July 7, 2009 @ 17:11

  6. I like found feathers and have tried to do something along these lines several times, but never feel I have been totally successful. I’m afraid I don’t feel that this is either. There is something too studied about the composition, perhaps. I agree with Matt’s comment.

    Comment by Christina — July 11, 2009 @ 04:45

  7. Angel or devoured sparrow. Hmm. I’ll take angel, thank you. The feather alone wouldn’t work, but it’s pleasing to note the curve that is created by the dead leaves combined with the feather. I also like the way the plant surrounding the feather has a similar texture to the remnant of “angle wing”.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — July 12, 2009 @ 00:47

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