Do you see what I see?
From the natural wild into to the friendly waters behind glass walls at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. Perhaps this creature’s instincts keep it still so as to blend into the environment and wait for the prey to come it’s way, or human arms to easily release food.
Zoos and aquariums are educational, yet sometimes I wonder if we should take away the animals, reptiles and mammals natural instincts of hunting, running and living the character nature intended. When species are almost extinct, man has to interfere and try to protect them. In from the wild, into a safe haven.
Aren’t humans the ones who created environments that leads to their extinction? Houses build on every green patch causing wolves, coyotes, raccoons, possums and deer in your backyard. ( At least here in the mid-west they become common place).
Are the hunters who kill for the price of ivory from innocent animals part of the problem. While mans actions of destruction cannot totally be regulated, monitored or controlled, this makes zoos and aquariums a protected space for animals and sea creatures, even if their natural instincts are subsided. The environment is in constant flux and climate change affects all living things.
The question of whether zoos were positive or negative was a paper my kids had to write about in school, my feelings are mixed and more research needs to be done to fully understand. I do recall an animal leaped out and attacked a child at a zoo. There’s no way of knowing what that animal was thinking as it was kept in captivity for visitors to view.
Photos taken at the 5th grade School field trip in Chicago.
Have a wonderful Mother’s day wherever you are. Without Mother’s we would not be who we are and where we are today!
Here we are on a trail that sounds so old and reminds me of the Ice Age movies. Hiking the trail seemed boring at first until you start to take a closer look. Found in and around Wisconsin, there are several spots to park and hike/ walk along a trail. There was a lake in the middle of our hike in South Kettle Moraine, WI. So happy to be photographing what my artistic eye sees. My boy scouts love to be walking along the trail, finding interesting objects and being one with nature, I enjoy it just the same. Excited that the warmer weather is here in this northern climate lasting where the cold weather seemed never ending.
What do you see in the top photo?
Posted in landscapes, nature, outside, photography, spring, What Remains
Tagged close up, hiking, Ice Age Scenic Trail, nature, observations, outdoors, Wisconsin
So the story goes …..I was awarded the “Spark Plug Award” for my volunteer efforts at the IP District dinner last month. I was totally surprised while feeling appreciated for helping the Boy Scouts in their marketing, communications and PR efforts. Officially I hold a committee position.
Last year, I was seeking a venue where my intellect, experiences and my Masters degree in leadership could be utilized. I’m sure my position will evolve over time as additional opportunities arise.
I’m Excited to be alive at a crossroads of time where young women can join the BSA while achieving the rank of Eagle. This will surely open doors for more female leaders. I love the outdoors and adventures as much as my boys do. We are all zip lining this week on our road trip. Wherever the road & adventures may take me… I’m ready to take on the leadership challenges going forward… and of course with my camera by my side, always.
Posted in children, photography, Reflections, through the looking glass
Tagged adventures, Boy Scouts, BSA, committee member, communications, Girl Scouts in BSA, Illinois, Indian Prairie District, leadership, life, marketing, observations, outdoors, photographer, public relations, Spark Plug Award, thoughts, Troops, volunteer
It’s Valentines Day and a day of Love. This love should be felt and expressed year round, every day. As I went about my photography shoots I saw the shooting in Florida pop up on my radar. How sick, how sad. I’d like to forget the evil in this world for a day. One can not feel compassion and sympathy for the victims as the story unfolds.
I like to focus on the Olympics that unit the world while bringing joy to our hearts.
May the remembering of those you love and are dear to you remind you of the love that remains and connects us all. The white roses contains all colors as your eyes see only one. Which color do you see?
May it Brighten your day, despite the odds. Love all, unite, not fight.
So…last year we had snow fall, but it always fell heavy on the weekend and roads were clear and ready for buses to bring kids to school and cars on the road back to work.
Winter returns as the flakes began to blanket the ground last Thursday giving us enough snow to close schools based only on the weather forecasts. Friday morning we all woke up to winter white piled high over a foot while hearing snowblower engines outside. The photos look almost black and white before being shoveled to clear transit paths.
With nothing scheduled to shoot, I planned to stay home to work on some personal projects, but the school closings kept me home for other reasons.
With the Flu circulating and having one child just getting better, I preferred them to stay inside and finish their Pine Wood Derby cars for Saturday’s event.
Luck would have it, my car battery did not start and we had to find a ride to have our mini cars race. The event was exciting and seeing all those smiling kids faces makes you smile.
What does this have to do with my photo journey? Lots.. I photographed all the kids photos for their licenses, I also took challenging action images without a flash. So fun to watch as it was the last one for us.
Posted in landscapes, nature, outside, photography, snow, winter
Tagged changes, fun, observations, photography, photos, Pine wood derby, Snowstorm, winter