The falling Crown

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© Suzanne McGeady
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UploadedFebruary 12, 2011
TakenFebruary 8, 2011
MakeCasio Computer Co.,ltd.
Exposure1/80 sec at f/3.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length4.3 mm
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I stepped out to mow the lawns and on the grass, was this aging Monarch. His wings were scratched and worn, his body had become detached from his wings. He let me take untold images of him. This one he was scrabbling to hold onto a grass stalk...wanting desperately to take to the skies again, just one last time. I carried him up to a hydrangea flower. He hung there, then fell. I carried him up to Aggies Inn, for one last drink. Just a memory for him as he fell to the grassy blanket below. I gave him a rose to share his journey home. The birds were hovering overhead....reminding me to let Nature take its course. With heavy heart I left him there....and when I came back to mow this piece of grass, he was gone. He did fly home.....didn't he?

16 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    OMG!! It's as big as an airplane!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (12 Feb 2011):

    How very sad but there is so much beauty in their life. Great shot and I love your description.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (12 Feb 2011):


  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (13 Feb 2011):

    Very sad story, but he shared his beauty while he was here!! Wonderful Suzanne!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    Awwww.....what a delightful capture, but such a sad story. Mother Nature is sometimes heartless it seems. Yet everything is as it should be.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (14 Feb 2011):

    You bet he flew home...this is touching and a superb capture,,,

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    väga hea makrofoto

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (16 Feb 2011):

    fantastic POV!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (17 Feb 2011):

    Sue what a perfect capture and story I really don't know which I like better!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (20 Feb 2011):

    A wonderful piece of writing and the shot is fabulous, love this..

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (21 Feb 2011):

    Cool to go from this to the biplane.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (22 Feb 2011):

    I choose to believe he flew home. Love the narration as much as the image.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (23 Feb 2011):

    A wonderful and moving experience...great did what you could and tried your best, the creature knew this...

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (1 Mar 2011):

    Beautifully captured...

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (6 Mar 2011):

    perfect detail !

  • Prabhneet Singh Matharu

    Prabhneet Singh Matharu gave props (9 Mar 2011):

    Nys shot..

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