Flight vs. float.

Two bridges, looking down. © Ryan Schierling


Different types of stillness.

Bird strike on the kitchen window. © Ryan Schierling
Dead white-winged dove on the back porch. © Ryan Schierling
A bird hit our kitchen window weeks ago. It left an imprint of what I can only assume to be avian body oils, as moisture would have evaporated leaving little trace of the impact. There was no carcass, just a faint aura left of a sudden flailing in-flight moment for this anonymous bird. I have not cleaned this window, this image made weeks before I photographed it. 

Tonight, I came home to find a white-winged dove, quiet and still on the back deck, a few feet from the sliding glass door. 

I buried it under the old avocado tree.