Theme: Death

Photos with dead stuff. Examples can include decomposing matter, dead trees/plants/animals, animals with their prey, food that was once alive (plant, fungi, or meat based), or other symbolic representations of death.

This theme was suggested by whackamadoodle3000.

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Horse & Sheep skull found during my Bhrigu Lake Trek in Himachal Pradesh state of India

Captured Date : Aug 30, 2021

Phone Used: OnePlus 5T 
Focal Length: 4.10mm
White balance: auto
Aperture: f/1.7
Exposure time: 1/2043
ISO: 250

A horse with no mane

A horse with no mane

In a remote mountain valley in Andorra
Panasonic lumix Gx1

Dead flowers in a vase.

dead flowers in a vase

Not been here for a while, but happened to be taking something appropriate to the theme last weekend (13/02/21).

Olympus E-30
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F4.0-5.6
@ f/8.0, 1/160, 45mm, ISO 200
Yongnuo YN560IV & YN560III speedlights (though I think by this stage one of them had run out of battery charge).
Light tent with black 'velvet' backdrop.

Processed in darktable.

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    "though I think by this stage one of them had run out of battery charge" - extra upvote for including a dead battery reference. Feb 18, 2022 at 21:02
  • @spikey_richie it counts for both a death and meta-death reference. =)
    – scottbb
    Feb 20, 2022 at 0:59
  • ooooh deep stuff, and completely unintentional on my part. But like many an 'artist' I'll let the viewers meaning build the myth😃😂
    – dmkonlinux
    Feb 20, 2022 at 5:57

Y (why)?

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This is a dead tree I encountered on a hike in the Cairngorm mountains in Scotland.

Panasonic Lumix GX-1, 14-42 lens @20, ISO 160, 1/320 sec.



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Results of a caribou hunt in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), Alaska, in late August 2017 (start of fall colours). Caribou is a young bull.
Nikon D7000 with a 18-140mm lens, 45mm, f/6.3, 1/160s, ISO 320


The Protector

A sculptural angel watches over the grave of Mary Navarro (1863-1907) at the Key West Cemetery in Key West, Florida.


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 57mm, ISO 100, f/8, 1/500.



Early morning light plays upon grave markers, many of them well over a century old, in the Christian section of the Key West Cemetery on Key West, Florida. Christian graves are oriented towards the East. Adherents of Christianity do so in anticipation of Christ's appearance in the eastern sky, much like the sun appears each morning, at the end of time to call forth his followers from their graves in the final resurrection.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L @ 24mm. ISO 400, f/8, 1/640.

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