An Ominous Warning: Beware!!

When taking photographs, I am always on the lookout for something that pulls a mundane scene into another realm.  My eye is trained to look for things that will create a visceral reaction by the viewer.  These types of shots are hard to find.  They’re no good if they are staged.  You have to happen upon them.  And they are rare.

When I was visiting a friend in Tennessee, I happened upon one such scene that I had to capture.  The photo is below.

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The image is so mysterious.  There’s innocence mixed with a sort of late autumn chill and a grave warning from beyond.  The perfect image to evoke an emotional response.

The “Beware” sign made me think of  “Beware the Jabberwock”, which too is a juxtaposition between childhood innocence and the more adult emotion of impending dread.  The poem was featured by Lewis Carroll in his 1872 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There,  the follow up to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The only way to make Beware the Jabberwock MORE eerie, would be to hear Christopher Lee read it aloud.  Thankfully, the stars aligned properly and made that happen.  See below:

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‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

‘Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!’

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought –
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

‘And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Lewis Carroll




  1. Tom

    How do you have the gaul to copyright that swing immage. Would you copyright the sunset as well? You found that image you didnt crate it! You and others like you are the problem behind copyright laws. Your greedy.

    • natalina

      Tom, the copyright of the image doesn’t indicate that I own the items depicted in the photo, only that I own the photo itself. I consider photography to be an art form. The artist sets the distance, chooses the best lighting and angles etc. As such, while I don’t mind sharing (as evidenced by the fact that the photo is on the Coast to Coast Am website), I prefer that people not take credit for having taken the photo themselves. Greed? What am I being greedy about? I’m not making any money from the photo. I simply prefer to have the notice in place so that others request my permission to use my property (the photo) for their own use. And… if I had the opportunity to capture an alluring photo of the sunset, I’d copyright that photo as well ;) But of course, the copyright wouldn’t be for the sunset itself, that’s for everyone to enjoy.

  2. Wow Tom. Welcome to the world of creative art, copyright and photography. I suspect it is probably a creative commons license unless it is a registered work.

    Copyright can subsist in an original photograph, i.e. a recording of light or other radiation on any medium on which an image is produced or from which an image by any means be produced, and which is not part of a film (even creepy swing sets). The owner of the copyright in the photograph is the photographer, the person who creates it by default.

    Copyright which subsists in a photograph protects not merely the photographer from direct copying of his or her work, but also from indirect copying to reproduce his or her work, where a substantial part of his or her work has been copied.

    PS – Congrats on getting the picture featured on Coast and thanks for listening.

  3. Gene

    lol WOW.

    Yes, welcome to the age of Copyright Law & The Internet. ANYTHING original has a copyright. This comment, boring as it is, technically is Copyright Me. A musician’s music, a poet’s poem, an author’s novel, a blogger’s musings, and yes a photographer’s image…all have Copyright. The only way one risks losing their Copyright is to not claim it and all anyone to use it without permission.

    Copyright Gene All Rights Reserved

  4. Eric

    Sheesh, Tom. Angry, much? Holy cow, Captain Insano.

    You also might want to spell check your rant before you post on someone’s website, because she didn’t CRATE the image, nor did she CREATE it. Image has only one m. The little squiqqley red line under immage would have given you a small clue that you had buggered it up. You are (the contraction for you are is you’re, not your) just a nut. That is all.

  5. Jim

    I couldn’t see the “Beware” sign,still can’t.sorry,but it’s still very nice(the picture).

  6. Natalie

    I live in Tennessee and was wondering what town that is in? It looks like some of the neighborhoods around where I live.

  7. Laurie

    I just wanted to thank you for the beautiful picture which I am enjoying very much! Thank you for sharing! I think something/someone was talking to you!

  8. Cee

    I am a bit confused, what is it about the picture. Can you please explain? Thank you !

  9. Wryter

    Hey Tom……give yer head a shake……….any photo you take you own the contents of, its automatic copyright……

  10. Tim

    I love photography too! Just click on my name and see what I mean. Copyright doesn’t mean Tom can’t go find this swing and take his own photo of it. Copyright means that this image belongs to the photographer who took the photo and wants credit for their work i.e. aknowledgement or even $
    Anyway I like the photo and get what Natalina saw in the setting.

    Peace to us all.

  11. i see a once fruitful residence!–high fence-that held beautiful landscape of fresh gardens and fun loving things as we see here-the swing-which must have brought many a child and even adult pleasure–a good life as anyone would have—-but what happened? – no lush green trees to greet the sun–fence is falling down and no one is there to care?–a swing once full of life–now stands still and empty—-all the colors have vanished and the bleakness of the abandament closes in on all—but the sinnister comes to the surface of what? could have went wrong….with a sign that speaks to the visitor—-”beware”——is there still that ?something? there…….and what is it???? had some fun with the picture and thankyou—it does make the imagination ”swing” into this mystery..thankyou –a good photo.

  12. i want to thank you for a puzzlement i have had for years–i heard part of the poem ”JABBERWOCKY”– in an old movie and did not know where it was from—until now…i always wondered what the parts they had in the movie meant—THANK YOU VERY MUCH–cause i do now.i truly have enjoyed reading in this websight and have subscribed. please continue with the good works.

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