I was running around today and as I got out of my car on an errand I saw this dead gull and was struck with a sense of sadness. There were other birds around the lot, pigeons and gulls mostly, but they were keeping their distance so this single bird was left alone and abandoned on the asphalt. Despite my grief for their bird's loss of life there was something beautiful about it, the pale blue-gray against the blackness. I am not a religious person but I immediately thought of an angel that had been struck down which seemed a bit incongruous given that gulls are loud birds with an unpleasant cry that we associate with stagnant beaches and trash heaps. Still, it does not diminish the marvel of evolution that produced these amazing creatures.
Canon 1Ds Mark II, Canon 24/f1.4L Mark II
24mm, f2.5, 1/5000 sec @ 200 ISO