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The countryside amazes me. Some while ago I found a field with dead crows nailed to posts, hundreds of them. I did not take a photograph as I thought it macabre. On one of my recent trips to deserted houses in Ireland I found this house, a dead crow nailed to the door… this time I took the photograph and did a little research on this practice…

In the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe, the main character attempts to keep birds from eating his newly sowed corn stalks. As a discouragement, he shoots several of the birds and then hangs them in rows, such as English prisoners. The remaining birds are so frightened that they refuse to even remain in the area. While not the modern idea of a scarecrow, Crusoe does remark, "...I could never see a bird near the place as long as my scarecrows hung there." (Crusoe is generally thought of as the first English novel and it is possible that the word "scarecrow" is derived from this moment of scary crows scaring crows.)
Image size
2138x2842px 5.42 MB
Make
FUJIFILM
Model
FinePix6900ZOOM
Shutter Speed
1/128 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
31 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Mar 6, 2008, 2:55:11 PM
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