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The Plot Thickets: 1904

The Plot Thickets: 1904

Savannah, Georgia, 1904. "Colonial Park Cemetery." By the looks of it, in need of a trim from the Grim Reaper, or at least a spritz of Roundup. View full size.

 

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Hey, we got lucky with Google, who gives us nearly the perfect angle.

I want to believe that the shrub growing 113 years ago is the mighty tree just about in the right spot of the modern view.

Butcher Bird

I believe the photographer caught a logger-headed shrike perched atop a twig in the center of his photograph, surveilling the cemetery for prey 113 years ago. It's silhouette and stance are correct to that species. It's a song bird which evolved into a hunter with weak talons, and so impales grasshoppers, mice, or small bird on thorns or bared wire spikes to tear them apart . . . apropos to the subject matter, I suppose.

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