Photo Flick Nr 51


If the world was full of just Wile Coyotes and Roadrunners, guess which ones will shake their heads in disbelief and which one will die off. As a spectator, which side would take?

In this picture, we have just that. A wall built by Wile Coyote and a Roadrunner staring at it in disbelief. This was taken by conservation photographer Alejandro Prieto at the US-Mexican border, showing a newly built wall, ordered by the now former Trump administration, designed to keep the illegal immigrants from South America from crossing into the United States. Hundreds of billions of dollars were poured into this project that was supported by over a third of the population.

If we look at the history books, especially when Germany was divided by both the Berlin Wall as well as the wall that extended from east of Luebeck down through the forests in Hesse and Thuringian and ending at the border with Czechia east of Hof (Bavaria), one can see that walls were not the most effective way to keep people from escaping into the West. Many found creative ways to get over the border- be it flying over, smuggling, tunneling underneath, or masquerading as patrolmen.

And when looking at this new wall, one can see that it is bound to fail, even when it is covered with barbed wiring. While some attempts to get past it has been done, this little bird in the picture will find a way through this wall. For every project that is supposed to be perfect, there will always be a flaw that will foil it.

And while this bird will succeed, the Wile Coyotes will stew in rage as they go over the cliff, ending with a bang.

And while the rest of the world is laughing, Mr. Prieto got a more prestigious award for his artwork:

And with that, congratulations on getting this. ♥️😊🏆

I’ve always been awed at some of best and worst from a photographer’s viewpoint when seeing the World Press photos on display when they were on exhibit in many cities in Germany, including Jena, Thuringia, where I spent my first years living there and where the exhibits took place in the Goethe Galerie shopping center. But this one deserves even more recognition because of a theme that comes out of this scene where the Roadrunner has long figured it out and Wile hasn’t (nor will he):

No matter how many, two wrongdoings will not make it right.

I’m just waiting for the Mexican president to make this plea to President Joe Biden:

Mr President, tear down this wall.

I think I will celebrate if that happens. 🍕🍻😉



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