Haunting coyote roadkill silhouette

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  1. Anonymous says:

    It looks like an air brush was used. Salt wouldn’t have formed a perfect little “halo” around the body, it would’ve covered the pavement more evenly.

    Even if it is fake it is a sad but lovely photo. I always say a little prayer when I see an animal that has been killed on the road.

  2. Manooshi says:

    This sucks! :(

    It probably was the salt-truck that killed the coyote. Fucking assholes!

  3. millrick says:

    “…there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization”

    Werner Herzog,
    The Minnesota Declaration

  4. Stefan Jones says:

    I propose the coyote be named Banksy.

  5. Quothz says:

    Just want to say that “haunting” is absolutely the right word for this photo.

  6. Bender says:

    The salt was already there.

    The warmth of the body made the salt no longer white for a while.

    The salt looks more concentrated around the coyote because of the camera flash being centered in that area.

    That is all.

    • flosofl says:

      And to add to that, moving cars kick up a LOT of salt that’s already on the road. I have a black sports car (never, never again. In fact I’m thinking of painting it Mustang Silver), and I’ll get it washed on clear, dry winter day. Just the drive home from the detailers (5 miles) and I have a fine layer of salt dust on it already. So a carcass being covered in salt kicked up from passing cars is not as unbelievable to me.

  7. Anonymous says:

    om mani padme hum, dear coyote. You are my totem.

    Urban Coyote

  8. murray says:

    Wow. This photo should be entered into the Oskar Barnack Award contest.

    http://www.leica-oskar-barnack-preis.de/#/en/home

    (Just need 11 more…)

  9. dani-stormborn says:

    This is eerily beautiful, as stated in other comments. It also makes me want to read a million stories from Native American mythologies. I can easily picture it as book cover art (for the right book, of course).

  10. Anonymous says:

    haunting. And fun to play with in paint.net.

  11. km says:

    No footprints? I call fake.

  12. Donald Petersen says:

    Now there’s an album cover.

    My heart goes out to both the coyote and all you Boingers who have to deal with road salt every winter. Would it be rude to point out that it’s sunny, clear, and 80 degrees F out here in Pasadena, CA?

    We do January right.

  13. Daemon says:

    The perfect edges are more of a problem for me. The body would have to have been lifted straight up from several spots at once, otherwise some part of the body would have dragged – the feet, tail and head, at least, would all have to be lifted at once.

    Mind you, for all I know, that’s exactly what happened.

  14. Daemon says:

    Oh, I should add that it’s an excellent picture regardless of it’s providence.

  15. Cory Doctorow says:

    It’s crusted road salt, not snow. More detail at TFA.

  16. ariel says:

    It must have actually been driven over by a salt truck to get that much contrast…

  17. nemofazer says:

    What a miserable way to start the day.

    Also for the coyote.

  18. Anonymous says:

    As pointed out, it’s road salt, not snow.
    Dylan is the real deal.
    Great guy & a great shot.

  19. gregnnn says:

    Road salt looks white when it’s cold and dry, but not when it’s warm and damp. So, I can see how the warm body would create an image on a cold, dry road. Great shot, BTW.

  20. MrsBug says:

    Poor baby! :(

  21. _Username says:

    RIP, Wile E. Coyote.
    Your never give up attitude will be missed. Also I feel the Road Runner is somehow evolved … this looks like his handiwork were there any huge anvils close by ?

  22. Zac says:

    The Road Runner was probably driving the salt truck . . .

    But seriously, I doubt it is fake. The physics of it all are totally legit (you wouldn’t leave footprints or trails on salted asphalt), but the moist warm body would cut out a silhouette on an already caked road.

    On the other hand, the composition is really good. Maybe too good? The fact that the coyote fell in such a perfect silhouette position, and bled in such a perfect, yet fairly restrained way . . .

    I don’t know, I think it is probably real, but it is certainly a very lucky find (photographically speaking, my condolences go out the they coyotes friends and family).

  23. scooterscooter says:

    Looks eerily like a cave painting.

  24. Anonymous says:

    As morbid as this is, it did result in a very stylish shot.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Its a really good composition. Soem other things that arouse my suspicion is why there is such a concentration of salt immediately around the body, but it tapes off towards the edges of the photo.

  26. civvie says:

    people who auto yell “FAKE!!” at everything really annoy me. The world is chock full of unbelievable beauty. Nothing should amaze you, except of course everything.

    Having said that. The fact the salt is most concentrated next to the outlines of the body (especially around the tail, which I imagine would not be as warm as the body) and fades towards the edges does indeed make this look like a stencil.

    • dragonfrog says:

      Occam’s Bludgeon: If I don’t understand it, it must be photoshopped.

      • civvie says:

        Totally. I think it’s real by the way. But I was undecided until I check out the authors flickr. Not a single stencil shot there!

        • dragonfrog says:

          Well, it is a stencil painting, really – the stencil just happens to have been a dead coyote, and the paint misted salt water splashed up by passing cars.

    • Kimmo says:

      people who auto yell “FAKE!!” at everything really annoy me. The world is chock full of unbelievable beauty. Nothing should amaze you, except of course everything.

      Having said that. The fact the salt is most concentrated next to the outlines of the body (especially around the tail, which I imagine would not be as warm as the body) and fades towards the edges does indeed make this look like a stencil.

      I agree entirely with the first paragraph.

      The concentration of salt immediately around the body is easy to explain. Given that salt was being thrown over the carcass by passing cars, much of what landed on the coyote slid off, and probably most of the effect is a result of the way the presence of the coyote caused moving air, carrying salt, to change direction. Basically, the extra salt is just what was going to land inside the silhouette if it wasn’t for the coyote.

      I can even tell you that its legs are pointing to the road.

      • civvie says:

        Yes that makes sense. If it’s legs face the road then you would expect it to look this way.
        What an incredible image.

        @Stefan: This coyote IS Banksy. (..well, was)

      • Dirt says:

        Yeah, and legs on roadkill always point towards the road. LOL!! And how many road kills have you examined so that you could declare that the trace amounts of salt would accumulate directly around an object? BTW, “salt” isn’t used anymore. A de-icing solution is now the norm.

        This is such an obvious fake. The stenciling is so blatant. But the real give away is found when you enlarge the pic and examine how the “blood” in the stenciled head area is clearly spray painted on the asphalt. look at how the paint is faded back from the jaw area.

  27. Anonymous says:

    There but for fortune go I

  28. LeFunk says:

    The halo is shopped. I can tell from some of the salt and from seeing quite a few roadkills in my time.

  29. oddboyout says:

    What an eerily beautiful picture.

  30. Anonymous says:

    The relentless cynicism here disgusts me. It is a beautiful photo but the enjoyment that came from seeing it was ruined by reading the comments.

  31. Anonymous says:

    MEEP! MEEP!

  32. _Username says:

    His tombstone should read
    “BEEP BEEP, MY ASS”

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