oddly (and unpleasantly) during my last trip to new york i seemed to find myself encountering desiccated animal bodies everywhere i went. the gull beneath the bqe. a squirrel at the top of the hill in green-wood cemetary. and this dried body of a huge raccoon, laying on it's back by a grave marker, also on the grounds of green-wood. at first i had no idea what kind of animal it was — thankfully, i've never been this close to a raccoon's teeth before. for obvious reasons, this was a difficult shot to get. hovering inches above a decomposing animal body on a warm, sunny day is far from pleasant, but those frightening teeth, frozen in a final snarl, fascinated me. when i look at this image, i still find myself wondering what killed the raccoon. why was it laying on it's back this way, so close to a gravestone?
it took 7 or 8 shots to get one right (or at least close) with sunlight illuminating the mouth and whiskers. though i knew i was safe from this creature's bite, the overly-imaginative part of me was still afraid.
more people are sharing difficult shots at this week's photo friday.