PhotoHunter: “Undesirable” Warning! Photos may be disturbing!

Warning! The second photo may be disturbing for some.

undesirable [ˌʌndɪˈzaɪərəbəl]


not desirable or pleasant; objectionable

Nature has a way of reminding us that life is sometimes short and often ends unpleasantly.

I posted the first image in the November 22nd PhotoHunter, “Bird(s)”. This poor bird was trapped in an abandoned building. I found it when I was photographing the town of Claremont, Ontario, which is mostly boarded up and slated for demolition for the Pickering Airport. I cannot imagine how it suffered before finally  succumbing to exhaustion and/or starvation.


Early one Spring, when I was out taking photos near Wakefield, Quebec, I came across this cat carcass. Whether it had been hit by a car and went into the field to die, froze to death, or what, I don’t know.

What was particularly disturbing to me was that, aside from the black toes and gums, it looked so like my Benjamin.

Still, it is life and death… The way of the World.




  1. randomvariation said,

    March 30, 2010 at 12:30 am

    wow, amazing. I wonder what it looked like in color? What color was the cat?

    • mudhooks said,

      March 30, 2010 at 12:50 am

      He (she?) was a brown sort of tabby-like cat… with black pads on its feet. It reminded me of my own cat, Benjamin.

      The photos aren’t terribly good. Like many point-and-shoots, the sharpness seems to degrade after a while, something I am finding with my current camera. Unfortunately, I can’t afford a better one. I just do the best I can.

      There are a couple more photos, here

      I can’t find the ones i have on my more extensive Fotki site.

  2. December 14, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Sad, but something we will all face.

    An inside cat is a safe cat. I saw a beautiful Siamese today that had been run over.

    Thought provoking post for PH this week.

  3. kim said,

    December 13, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I am a cat lover. That poor kitty looks like she was crying out in pain before dying. Very disturbing shot and great way to depict the theme of ‘undesirable’ I think this has been my favorite subject so far because of the dramatic shots.

  4. Surfie said,

    December 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    OH, those poor things. 😦 That cat one is really dramatic, with it’s mouth wide open like that. It makes me imagine it was caught in a scream at the instant of death. Very sad. Great choices to share.

  5. Bull Rhino said,

    December 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    You certainly took that to the max. Very sad, but good point – it happens to all living things.

  6. December 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Very sad. 😦

    My Photo Hunt: Undesirable is up. I hope you have time to visit. Have a good weekend.

  7. Carver said,

    December 12, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    It is so sad to find animals like that.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

  8. upto6only said,

    December 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    i agree with you, its a warning. however, thats a great shot.

  9. Jama said,

    December 12, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I was actually scrolling down to see what’s so disturbing…….indeed, death is always so disturbing and sad but that’s the way nature is.

  10. HOOTIN' ANNI said,

    December 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, disturbing. Yet, perfect for the theme this week.

    Mine’s HERE come on over…I’d love your visit. Happy Hunting.

  11. YTSL said,

    December 12, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Amazing photos but, to be honest, if I didn’t know otherwise, I’d have thought the cat was still alive — and howling. :S

  12. December 12, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    THey are powerful photos Annekes. THe face on the poor cat indicates that it must have been a painful. death

  13. December 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    We need reminders! You didn´t need to warn me – I have had worse posts…*smile*
    Thanks for your sweet comment.

  14. azahar said,

    December 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    The last photo actually made me feel grateful that Sunny’s final expression was so peaceful, like he’d just fallen asleep.

    Well done, as usual, Mudhooks.

  15. Mar said,

    December 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I must admit I quickly scrolled down after reading the text..

  16. nursemyra said,

    December 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    sad. but well photographed

  17. December 12, 2009 at 11:32 am

    A good reminder.

  18. magiceye said,

    December 12, 2009 at 10:43 am

    poignant ….

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