Yesterday I was out taking pictures, and as usually happens, someone stopped me as asked what kind of camera I was using. I never know how to answer this because I don't know how much they really want to know - yesterday I answered that I was using a Digital Rebel (because often it seems that people want to know if it's a digital or a film SLR) and the guy kind of peered at it, and then said, oh okay, a Canon. I find that funny because... what does he get out of knowing it's a Canon versus something else?
Anyway, his wife was also with him and while we were talking, she looked down at the sidewalk and commented at something at her feet. It turned out to be a tiny baby bird that looked to have fallen out of its nest and died there. It didn't have feathers or even, really, a recognizable head. None of us were really grossed out by it, but just more interested than anything. Of course, as soon as the couple moved on and rounded the corner, I went back to the spot with my camera to take pictures of the bird.
I was thinking that someone would see me taking pictures of it and ask, and sure enough, a few minutes later a women who was entering her house nearby started coming over to me with a smile, asking what I was taking a picture of. I know that when people see me taking pictures of things close up, they often think I've found some lovely little detail and they want to see it too. So I tried to immediately warn her that I wasn't looking at something cute, in fact it was a dead baby bird. Maybe it was my frantic waving her away or maybe it was just that she didn't particularly want to see a dead baby bird, but she backed off with a look of horror on her face.
I felt a little bad because the bird was right around the corner from her front door and now I knew she would notice it whenever she walked by, and of course, I had no intention of picking it up myself and moving it.
So I took a few more pictures with my closeup filters, didn't get anything I was particularly happy with, and then moved on to take pictures of pretty flowers and sunlit spring leaves.