It is usually a rare event for us to find a dead bird in our yard. However, last summer and fall, it got kind of creepy as we sometimes would find a dead bird in our yard about once a week. They have almost always been the mourning doves. I've since found out that this is due to the Nile Virus spread by the mosquitoes.
One morning last July, I found yet another dove on our lawn. For me, it is a bit of a horrific encounter. I accept death as the inevitable, but I cannot bring myself to touch these creatures, let alone look at them once they have passed on. But, the early morning light made me look closer at the creature and appreciate all the nuances there was to see without interruption. I ran back into the house to get my camera and put my macro lens on it and came back out to record the details. I have to push myself to do this. I have to fight the urge to not look.
But, you see, in doing so, I end up with something like this. The shadow of one blade of grass cast on the edge of the wing. The iridescence was unexpected.
So the lesson here? By all means, do leave your comfort zone on a regular basis. You just never know what gifts fall into your lap as a result.
Want to see shadows posted by others throughout the world? Go to Tracy's place at Hey Harriet and look for the Shadow Shot Sunday posting.