Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved: No Resolutions


nothing – my perennial urges

at “self” improvement (those vague

promises hovering just beyond daylight’s reach)

don’t correspond to calendars.

And it’s a problem of

time – twelve months stretch farther

than I can imagine: no,

there will be no New Years Resolutions here.


I can promise, though, that I will


to the spirit of the moment,

more and more.

And I can promise that I will

try harder

to show you

what I find.


Pretty –

or not.

Photo taken 1/3/2013, in a field off Cherry Valley Road, Duvall, Washington. This Canada goose was likely shot by hunters and then thrown away. There were hunters shooting in the field when I took the picture. Between mid-October and late January, four geese may taken a day, on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, in King County.

To me, hunting is not a “good” or an “evil” activity.  I recognize that very few people – at least where I live – need to kill to eat.  So it’s tempting to make that grounds for refraining from hunting.  But of course we condone hunting of a sort when we eat meat.  A long tradition of hunting here is integrated with country life, and hunters have supported the land and wildlife in many ways, even as they take life.  So it’s complicated.  But nothing about this frozen Canada goose, carelessly tossed at the edge of a field along with another goose and a few ducks, seems  morally comfortable.


This post is part of the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge, and more responses to “Resolved” can be found here:



  1. This photo made me very sad. To take a life to eat meat is acceptable even though I have ambivalent feelings about hunting. But to take a life and throw away it like this is totally not acceptable. I guess it was hard for you to take the photo . Thanks a lot for posting this.


  2. I was reviewing my unprocessed captures this past week and came across a shot I took of a group of dead Snow Geese – killed and abandoned in a heap by a rural railroad crossing. Why had I taken, and kept the photo? It is a question I don’t have an answer to but I sensed it was important to not ignore what had happened. I’m comforted to know there are others who do the same. As disturbing as your photo is, thank you for posting it; it was meaningful to me on more than one level.


  3. The path your words take is enjoyable. I looked at the word resolution, and wandered to what means it in photography and seeing the world.
    Resolved or unresolved, focused or fuzzy, resolution may truly be a process undertaken to see and understand, not necessarily an object.

    Hunting as you witnessed it is sadly common, it has become a sport, a modern recreation. To kill and supposedly eat wild game takes a lot of time, money, gear, transportation, more food, etc. Far more than the simple act of going to the market and getting groceries. After a long noisy day of flying birds and lead, a modern recreational hunter may only see in the dead ducks the messy work of cleaning and preparing for the table, and it’s easier to just go get a burger.


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