White tail deer skull

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© Andrea Petersen
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Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. Job 10:11
A white tail deer trod this earth

God made him beautiful from birth;

Clothed with skin and flesh.

But the skull is pretty ugly ;

An empty hull turned to bone,

Found in a swamp not fresh.

How he died it is not known.

Poetry by me AJP

I previously had another version of this posted but removed it because the background was too busy...

First of all I want to mention there was no blood shed involved with this skull..My husband found it in a swamp over 20 years ago and it is old and bleached with age.

63 responses


    JOE FAILK gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    Yes that is ugly Great entry!

  • Kevin Ellis

    Kevin Ellis gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    An interesting talking piece Andrea

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    Those are ugly and so hard to photograph. Great entry Andrea.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    That is Pretty Ugly all right!!! Great Entry!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    awesome entry!!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    Cool Entry, Andrea!!

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    Awesome find and entry!

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2010):

    AJP .....This is awesome...great for the theme.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    A most excellent entry.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    What a thing to find and drag home! Can't help but wonder what you thought at the time! Excellent entry!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    Very ugly item, Andrea, yet the way you have photographed it makes it a thing of beauty! I really love the black background with this skull. Very nicely composed and photographed!!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    I agree with Patty.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (27 Feb 2010):

    Thank you everyone for the kind words...You wondered what I thought at the time my husband brought this thing home, Karen...It has been so long ago but I don't think I got too upset over it. Georgia O'keefe a great artist who lived from 1887 – 1986 did a masterpiece painting entitled "Deer's Skull with Pedernal" and it was beautiful.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (27 Feb 2010):

    Excellent Entry!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Ugly but beautifully photographed.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Great subject...nice light, texture, shadows

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    A great entry! It is actually beautiful in a way.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    cool entry, Andrea!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    Unique entry, love the shadows..

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    Cool find! Art is everywhere.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    Beautifully photographed, love the lighting - great entry Andrea!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    great entry.... I actually think it is beautiful. !

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (12 Mar 2010):

    Great entry! I'm glad there was no bloodshed involved. I'd love to find something like this.

  • charlie mclenahan

    charlie mclenahan said (15 Mar 2010):

    very Georgia O'keefe and sorry but not ugley.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    voted! What a neat find by your husband!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    I voted.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (29 Mar 2012):



    JOE FAILK gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Back to Vote!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Definitely fits the theme~! Voted!!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Very beautifully photographed, Andrea! .. and an interesting story behind it.. I'm surprised at some of the comments, though.. because these old skulls are highly collectible.. Great entry! .. Voted!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (1 Apr 2012):


  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    BTV Andrea ☺

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    The capture of this once beautiful creature is bathed in stunning light.....V

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Apr 2012):

    BTV andrea!!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (9 Apr 2012):

    Great entry for the theme! Voted!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    Cool find! Got my vote.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker said (11 Apr 2012):


  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (12 Apr 2012):


  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (13 Apr 2012):

    my vote!!! Wonderful picture!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (16 Apr 2012):

    Ugly/beautiful? voted.

  • Davide Simone

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

    view my photos, and see what we thought the same thing voted

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (17 Apr 2012):

    A great shot Andrea!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (27 Apr 2012):

    Back to vote: Yeah Rad!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (5 May 2012):

    Back to vote : )

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (9 May 2012):

    Superb, love it, voted!

  • Richard Hawkins

    Richard Hawkins gave props (19 May 2012):

    voted yea

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (17 Aug 2015):

    a great theme image! voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Aug 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (18 Aug 2015):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (19 Aug 2015):

    Back to vote!!!

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers   gave props (21 Aug 2015):

    Nice, GMV

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (22 Aug 2015):

    My vote for this interesting shot!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (23 Aug 2015):

    Back to vote for this remarkable find and capture!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (23 Aug 2015):

    Got my vote.

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (23 Aug 2015):

    First time for me to see this.... very cool find and image... Voted !

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (24 Aug 2015):


  • David de London

    David de London gave props (31 Aug 2015):

    Not at all ugly...nicely done. voted

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (3 Sep 2015):

    Love this!!!!! voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Sep 2015):

    Skull.... shot..... I fear!!! Lol... nice for the theme!!! My vote

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (18 Jan 2016):

    Congratulations..just fantastic!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (18 Jan 2016):

    Congratulations to you!!!!

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