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Farming Rust II

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 5 October 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In addition to this tractor - we have five starlings. Four females and one lone male. But he's the one on top of the steering wheel. Some things seem so set - so unchanging. And so it goes...

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Liang from San Francisco, United States

hey! is this near highway 80? =]

5 Oct 2009 5:09am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Really a neat shot Stephen. I like how the birds add to the character all the more.

5 Oct 2009 5:24am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

A funny story with this fabulous image: Thanks for bringing me a monday morning smile, Stephen.

5 Oct 2009 6:05am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

We used to have a lot of starlings in this country but for what ever reason, their numbers seem to be in a big decline. A lovely photo as always.

5 Oct 2009 6:32am

@Mike: The decline of any population should warrant our attention - but drastically falling numbers of starlings in the UK sounds particularly worrisome. They are such a hearty bird and they're omnivores with a widely varied diet. I can't imagine this and find it puzzling.

yz from Budapest, Hungary

very nice capture

5 Oct 2009 6:51am

k@ from Paris, France

The perfect moody B&W shot*

5 Oct 2009 9:24am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Well, he is a fortunate boy :) Not so easy for everybody.
And the photo of this old engine is fantastic.

5 Oct 2009 10:38am

Marcie from Newton, United States

I like the contrast between the rusty old machine..and nature. Great find!!

5 Oct 2009 11:27am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

Love this old tractor in the tall grass - and the birds add another nice touch. Thanks for pointing out that the male starling is driving - I bet he won't ask for directions though!!

Great shot - I love the contrast....

5 Oct 2009 1:45pm

@Chris: Judging from the condition of the tractor - asking for directions seems a non-issue. It's a good thing they have their wings.

grant from kansas city, United States

such a great wreck, and you've caught it just right.

5 Oct 2009 4:39pm

rem_la from Villiers, France

triste fin !!!

5 Oct 2009 5:23pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great shot; I like the birds perching atop it.

5 Oct 2009 7:50pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

great capture

5 Oct 2009 8:46pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great subject for mono, nice one

5 Oct 2009 9:55pm

susan from United States

Great find Stephen, and wonderfully caught!!

5 Oct 2009 11:27pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Oh, you got so many birds now :)) Very cute :))

6 Oct 2009 5:10pm

@MARIANA: Yup! It's me and da birds! Thanks, Mariana

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

The birds just add to the wonderful composition!

7 Oct 2009 12:56pm