Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Tiger, Tiger


Tiger In The Snow

Tigers (panthera tigris) are the largest of the big cats. They are the things of our dreams and of our nightmares. They command our attention and our respect. For me, they are a thrill to watch, even in the zoo. Wild populations have declined by 50% since the 1990’s according the IUCN’s Redlist. If you’d like to see the amazing detail in this image, you can view the original size on Flickr.

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,

Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

The Tiger – William Blake, 1757-1827

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 70-200mm @200mm, f/3.5, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200, handheld

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2 responses

  1. Excellent capture!

    Like

    March 16, 2012 at 05:17

  2. Wow. and I love this poem (:

    Like

    March 16, 2012 at 06:26

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