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When we have all gone, what will the birds think of the things we left behind?

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;
And frogs in the pools singing at night,
And wild plum-trees in tremulous white
Robins will wear their feathery fire
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;
And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done
Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

Poem suggested by Robin King

See Robin King’s sonic translation of “Ascension”
into Traditional Art in the Solo Minimalism Workshop

Percussion by Robin King

Goes with these: Perth Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Western Australia

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  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    They’ll think exactly what they do now … and that is ‘stationary target at 300 ft’. :-) Seriously, those that didn’t become domesticated won’t notice.

    Lovely work and in flight capture :-)

  • I find the fact that won’t notice our departure quite comforting for some reason. But I do find the dystopic idea of the entire world with its massive construction completely devoid of people quite facinating. Imagine what it would look 1000 years after we left! That would be a work of natural art to see. Thanks Cathy.

    – Rhoufi

  • Evelyn Bach
    Evelyn Bachover 3 years ago

    updraught, uplift, that soaring into the blue gets me every time – almost got a touch of vertigo happening!!! fine shot!

  • Ah ha, Evelyn! I bet you know exactly where this was taken ;-) When I was there I was always looking for for your walls of peeling posters, but I wasn’t tuned into the hunt like you are. That rising feeling was what I felt when I framed this, and those strange “stairs” climbing up in an architectural, geometric progression, each one slightly different to the next. Amazing structure really. Thank you.

    – Rhoufi

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Elegant composition, R. Free as a bird comes to mind.

  • Thanks Jan, that bird just arced across the stepped roofline, a you say “free as”. The building and its geometry seemed s massive in comparison.

    – Rhoufi

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 3 years ago

    Superb capture Rhoufi !!
    They ’ll think the same that we think when we see a Maya temple or an Egyptian one… civilizations are mortals…

  • Thank you Dominique, I find it reassuring that the human fluke is only a small episode in the universe’s relentless decline to zero entropy, one tiny breath in its glorious history.

    – Rhoufi

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 3 years ago

    ah magnificent composition Rhoufi

  • Thank you Georgie, I have a cage full of trained birds that I take on photowalks; amazing what they do for a few crusts ;-))

    – Rhoufi

  • 1more photo
    1more photoover 3 years ago

    that some unknown strange creatures
    built some strange shapes
    some beautiful ones
    this one looks like urban sea ……

  • Merci, I often wonder what an alien visitor would think of the things we cover the Earth in: the patterns, shapes, colours, roads. I liked this scene because the amazing roof just seems to go on forever and makes it seem like the bird is rising on an updraft. But an urban sea – steps rolling down like waves and the bird rising; I like this idea. Merci Madame ;-)

    – Rhoufi

  • Victoria McGuire
    Victoria McGuireover 3 years ago

    This is great, love the juxtaposition of the giant wall and the tiny bird, really gives that breathtaking sense of scale!

  • Hi V :-) It was that scale difference that attracted me and then the croppinf just accentuates the effect. Thank you.

    – Rhoufi

  • Michele Filoscia
    Michele Filosciaover 3 years ago

    Great shot indeed.

  • Thank you Michele, I have just been to your gallery and I’m astounded at your pencil art, truly amazed. I had no idea it was possible to draw so emotively with just a pencil.

    – Rhoufi

  • Paul Pasco
    Paul Pascoover 3 years ago

    beautiful composition, I don’t think the birds will miss us, except perhaps the urban seagulls who profit from our wastefull lifestyle

  • My thoughts entirely, Paul. We will be easily forgotten when it happens. I’d love to be able to see it 1,000 years after we’ve become extinct ;-)) Thank you for leaving your thoughts on my page.

    – Rhoufi

  • lucin
    lucinover 3 years ago

    Your work has a gorgeous edge. The description here is grand.

  • Thank you Lucin, what a nice compliment; never thought of my work as “edgy”, but I would like it to be. Thanks for your visit.

    – Rhoufi

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