European Robin, Ireland

SEPTEMBER 1999 – A European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) sits on the top of a historic gravestone at the graveyard of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

The other day, the news reported that Elon Musk has acquired Twitter, the social media giant. Allegedly, his first post following the transfer of ownership was: “The bird has been freed.” Which is a cool and liberating statement that gives hope.

I went to the archive but could not find a good image of a free bird that could illustrate the statement. Sure, there are plenty of birds, but these are mostly exciting, exotic birds from Africa or North America. Then I stumbled upon this image of a European Robin (Erithacus rubecula), a robust, yet cuddly tiny bird with a (seemingly) uncertain, doubting look. I captured the photo on a rainy day at the historic graveyard of Glendalough in County Wicklow in Ireland. Sadly, the image is not perfectly sharp, but heck, I think it’s a good match.

The future for Twitter is going to be uncertain and tough, as Musk and his team goes through the re-positioning of the service. Let’s just hope the service won’t end on the digital graveyard like so many other services.

In any event, for now, I will continue to post the images of my blog as a mirror to my Twitter feed.

The high resolution image

Capture DateSeptember 1999
LocationGlendalough, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5519 x 4133 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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