The image of a dead fish, lying in the grass, is compelling to the American Mastodon. Who would take a picture like this? It's not like the fish is mangled or grotesque, like a roadkilled raccoon. It is the image of a fish in limbo; not yet disembodied, but not alive. Perhaps the photographer is planning to taking the fish home and eat it. Perhaps friends have doubted the man's prowess as a skilled fisherman, and he is amassing proof on his behalf. Perhaps the photographer was walking along a busy city road and passed this dying fish in a patch of grass next to the sidewalk.
The world holds infinite mysteries.
Perhaps this fish is your grandfather who died in an automobile accident in 1987.