Piasa Bird

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© Donald Garrett
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Photo Info
UploadedMay 19, 2012
TakenApril 23, 2012
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D60
Exposure1/250 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length25 mm
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Photographed at Alton, Illinois along the Mississippi River. The Illini Indians of the region call the monster "The Piasa," meaning bird that devours men. There are many legends among the Upper Mississippi Native American tribes regarding the Piasa and its origin.

21 responses

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (18 May 2012):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (18 May 2012):

    That's quite a painting and legend...Don't think I 'd want to tangle with that bird judging by the size of the claws and the teeth:)

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (18 May 2012):

    Fascinating ... great shot too!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (18 May 2012):

    :D "Piasa" in Urdu language = thirsty!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (19 May 2012):

    Fascinating story, the photo is great color and definition.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (19 May 2012):


  • Barbara Socor

    Barbara Socor gave props (19 May 2012):

    Beautifully captured Don....And a very interesting backstory....Terrific all around!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (19 May 2012):

    Love the textures and the info behind this...

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (19 May 2012):

    Very interesting.

  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers gave props (19 May 2012):

    Neat! Is it on the bank of the river?

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (19 May 2012):

    RAD & cool!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2012):

    great work of art and photo!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (19 May 2012):

    Great color and textures!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2012):

    Great find and shot Donald, now I'll have to look up the legend, thanks to the teaser you posted. ;-)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (20 May 2012):

    That was such a cool place. It would have been fun to explore.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (21 May 2012):

    cool shot.

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (21 May 2012):

    cool shot.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (22 May 2012):

    Nice shot and interesting information! Thanks, Donald!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (22 May 2012):

    Excellent capture and narrative to go with it!!!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (23 May 2012):

    Hey! You survived the Piasa!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (23 May 2012):

    Cool capture

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