Entitlement

I’m tired from too much thinking

Picture of the Moment

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I don’t take a lot of pictures that make one think. That’s not what I’m trying to do with my photography. However, today, while cataloging old pictures, I found one that made me think:

Entitlement

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I don’t remember taking this picture although I recognize the squirrels and the location. The picture metadata says June 2009.

Obviously I purposefully did not include the person in the photo, and in thinking about the photo, I think it’s a more powerful picture without the person. His highly tattooed arm and his wheelchair makes me think. An injured war vet? If you look closely, he does appear to be wearing fatigues. Homeless since the location is a haven for the homeless? Compassion, sharing what little he has with a little squirrel? Even the little sparrow, looking away from the action, makes me think. Is the poor little sparrow used to being neglected because everyone loves and feeds the squirrels?

Now I’m tired from too much thinking, so it’s off for a catnap with Zoey the Cool Cat.

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18 thoughts on “I’m tired from too much thinking

  1. MicheleMariePoetry

    Love that picture! Before I read what you wrote, I thought, “Hmmm maybe some Harley person, tattoed arm depicts toughness, and yet the gentleness feeding a squirrel, and the bird looks quite familiar/ unafraid, is quite used to the squirrel and arm, and is waiting its turn! Your explanation is sadder, a homeless wheelchair bound vet…

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  2. Boomdeeadda

    Wow, that’s a great shot Russel, it looks like a line up for some treats. I noticed the tattoos straight away. They sure seem popular with the younger folks. I’m officially old since I don’t have a single one. I do think that much work would be rather expensive too. Hope they all got a good meal that day no matter what the circumstance.

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  3. acflory

    I think there’s happiness in that photo too Russell. The squirrel is clearly very happy, and I believe the man behind the tattoo is feeling a moment of happiness as well. That squirrel doesn’t care whether he’s in a wheel chair. It sees only a human it can trust. That kind of acceptance can soothe a lot of hurt. -hugs-

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  4. Al

    I think it is a baby stroller there.

    My first thought was: “It shows not to judge a book by it’s cover.” This man has more ink on his arm than in a school stationary cupboard, and yet he is keeping himself at arms length so as not to spook the squirrel. It is a fantastic photo, and the bird is standing there waiting for his (or her) go.

    Magnificent catch

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Baby stroller, huh? That would be interesting, and create more thoughts…. raising a child to have compassion on the wildlife around us….etc.

      My visualizing can’t fit a baby stroller in there, though, with that huge arm there. I see what looks to me like a large shoe and a leg wearing khaki pants…………

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      1. Al

        Yeah I just blew it up to have a closer look. I see what you mean about the khaki pants. And the angel from which the arm comes is from the chair. So my apologies, it looks like you are right.,

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  5. colltales

    Hey, Russell, thanks again for stopping by at Colltales. I’m sure somebody else has noticed that, but I’ll repeat it anyway: you have this ‘kingmaker’ quality, that every time you stop by, a huge crowd follows (many of them are now subscribers of Colltales). Can’t thank you enough and I don’t know of anyone else that does that: having a site to publish his own work, and at the same time, setting up ‘residency’ at other people’s blogs. Very selfless. All the best. Wesley

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