Laugh or Cry

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedMay 22, 2009
TakenApril 2, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/125 sec at f/7.1
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length80 mm
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As I framed this shot of the beautiful relief above a side door of the Basilica of San Domenico in the Tuscan city of Siena, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. I couldn't help but laugh over the positioning of those pigeons, but at the same time wanted to cry over the effects of loads of pigeon droppings. I was hesitant about posting this shot, not wanting to offend anyone, then thought it's a good example of how we can't control nature and of how life at times thrusts us into a situation of mixed emotions.

57 responses

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo said (22 May 2009):

    beautiful shot!!+++++

  • dp *

    dp * said (22 May 2009):

    "Hey do you like my birds"..."No they keep droping all over me". LOL, nice shot. dp

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (22 May 2009):

    An excellent shot, besides the droppings they look as if they are at one with the beautiful relief. This is a superb capture for the theme Deborah.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (22 May 2009):

    a very cute shot, Deb. I love dp's dialog.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (22 May 2009):

    I think those pigeons were sent there just in time for your shot. A lovely relief and very good shot. I think the pigeons add to it.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 May 2009):

    Perfect entry for the category!! Gives a whole new meaning to "a bird in the hand..."

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (22 May 2009):

    This is beautiful in spite of "Nature". I see the humor, but also have the feeling that the birds are defacing beautiful artwork. Great for the theme.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (22 May 2009):

    perfect entry!!! the birds become part of the art in this image, well, not the droppings though

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (22 May 2009):

    I agree with Don...""a bird in each hand is worth one on the head, any day!!""LOL They are a pain everywhere, these pigeons, their 'droppings' eat into the cities' artwork.
    A great shot, tho!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 May 2009):

    love this image...I agree with all of the comments..I think it is perfect for the theme and the birds dropping in at the right time to make this picture even more interesting is God's perfect timing.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (23 May 2009):

    Oh so Good! Pigeons and droppings only make it better :)

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (23 May 2009):

    Excellent entry..

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2009):

    Marvelous theme entry, Deb!! A person could have fun with captioning this!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (23 May 2009):

    Perfect shot and entry!! I see what you mean by laugh or cry. Very well done!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (24 May 2009):

    Well done pigeons they provided you with a great entry to this theme, I love the way they alighted on his two hands, her expression seems to be saying wtf and he appears to be finding it all very amusing, I love it..

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 May 2009):


  • Sandy Tyler

    Sandy Tyler (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2009):

    Too funny!! Love it!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2009):

    This is a fun shot!! You can't do anything about the birds so you just have to enjoy!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (25 May 2009):

    Perfect for the theme!


    JOE FAILK gave props (26 May 2009):

    Excellent capture!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 May 2009):

    Super shot Debbie! Such is life!

  • Steven Maguire

    Steven Maguire gave props (26 May 2009):

    Fantastic shot!!!!

  • Megan Bailey

    Megan Bailey gave props (10 Jan 2010):

    What a great catch. Well done

  • Cheryl Dumcum

    Cheryl Dumcum gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    Excellent shot for the theme!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):


  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker   gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Laugh - the alternative doesn't bear thinking about. ;-)

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    My vote!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) gave props (30 Mar 2012):

    Outstanding entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    BTV YES!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Apr 2012):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Glad you decided to post it! V

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    My vote!!!


    JOE FAILK gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Back to Vote!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    great framing the shot... Vote!!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Amazing timing, I love it Deb !!...............Voted ☺

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Voted! These birds have a mind of their own! HA!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Wow!!! Voted!!

  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    Awesome, btv!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (5 Apr 2012):


  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (7 Apr 2012):

    Looks like the birds feel right at home even though it was never meant to be a roosting place. voted.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (12 Apr 2012):


  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (12 Apr 2012):

    I love it!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi   gave props (14 Apr 2012):

    Could not have been a better moment to capture this! :D

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (15 Apr 2012):

    Laugh! my vote!!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    wondeful, wondeful voted

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    Too funny!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (6 May 2012):

    Yeah Rad! Voted!

  • Kim Bullock

    Kim Bullock gave props (16 May 2012):

    Great shot!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (20 May 2012):

    back to vote!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (21 May 2012):

    My vote, how true your words as well, Deborah !!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (31 May 2012):

    Love it - voted!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (31 May 2012):

    back to vote!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (3 Jun 2012):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (10 Jul 2014):


  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Aug 2014):

    I fully agree with Elfri....Good shot!!!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Aug 2014):


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