Weekly Photo Challenge – NEW

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”




(4 photos)

Michelle has challenged us to address her first subject for 2015, NEW. So many ways to go, but I decided to focus on some of the “new” babies of the animal kingdom that I’ve seen and shot over the past few years. Above, a new colt sticking close to mom, while below, a “new” baby bear shows that thumb sucking is a trait we share with these beautiful creatures.



“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”

Taylor Swift

No matter the species, protective parents seem to be the norm. Africa, Alaska, close to home, far away, somehow moms on the alert are a universal norm.



“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.”

Rainer Maria Rilke

Bird, beast, buffalo or bear, parents are always on the lookout –  assessing danger, feeding, fondling, caressing and caring. Anyone who has observed the families of any species knows that with few exceptions, we share a remarkable commitment to protect and preserve our progeny.



“A new heart for a New Year, always!”

Charles Dickens

Why is it so many of us think we’re the only ones to feel emotions? Have you ever seen a bird feeding it’s young? Coaxing it out of the nest and teaching it to fly? A mama bear pushing her youngsters up a tree to protect them from danger? A herd of cape buffalo surrounding a young calf as a lioness approaches the pack? Not only do the parents of the animal kingdom set an example for us when it comes to caring for their young, they do it in the face of dangers we can only imagine.



“New Year’s most glorious light is sweet hope!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan


As we enter the new year, let us remember that new life is treasured and precious to ALL species, and that our friends in the animal kingdom could teach us a few things if only we were willing to learn.

Happy New Year everyone – may you find fulfillment every step of the way.

If you have another moment, check out what’s NEW with some other bloggers here.



99 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – NEW

  1. whao – how did you get that shot of the bear? were you in camo gear? ha! and like the take on the “b” words – very cool…. and it reminded me of a “b-girl” song from 1990 (which was not about ‘new” but about gold diggers…ha!)
    anyhow, I am not big into horses, but that photo was my fav of this post – it kept drawing me back – I liked the title –
    “tomorrow’s champion” – because it hinted of hope and seeing beyond – and what the “new” leads to…. 🙂
    I also liked the color of the foal – bright and almost lit up as it rests against the color of the mom, and the backdrop of greens…. and for some reason, the height of the grass with the clover adds this raw feel that just fits in with the feel of this natural “bird, beast, buffalo or bear” post!!

    • 😊Thanks Yvette – the bear was much easier than you’d think. I was very close to him but protected by a fence. I just pointed my lens up in the air and voila!! Wasn’t he the sweetest?! And the horse photo is one of my favorites as well, but then I’m a sucker for ANY kind of baby animal!!

      • that is so funny to hear how easy the bear one was (playing music that fizzles out…..wha aha aha – jk) but glad that fence was there!

    • 😊 Adorable – as long as you don’t get too close. Did you get a look at those claws?!?!??! Not to mention mama bear was keeping a VERY close watch on the little one! Thanks for stopping by Mark.

  2. I was so late to this challenge that it was almost a NEW week, Tina! Still, they say it’s the thought…
    And I love your babies 🙂 What mama could not love that baby elephant? 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

  3. Happy New Year, Tina, with new places discovered, the old ones rediscovered, being inspired by all that and continuing to inspire with your photos like you always do!
    The babies from the animal kingdom you have chosen to share this time are so beautiful and absolutely adorable. Impossible to pick a favourite – that just wouldn’ t be fair! And I love the quotes, of course 🙂

  4. Beautiful photos and message, Tina! That’s very true about emotions. Why do people assume that animals don’t have them? I’ve been stunned (and humbled) by the display of emotion by our dog and cat. Thanks for a great post and happy 2015!–Patti

  5. Happy New Year, Tina. Stunning shots. My favourite has to be of the big and little elephants. Walking together hand in hand. That is what we all should be doing – supporting one another and giving each other positive vibes this year 🙂 Best wishes to you!

  6. Tina-
    We are of kindred hearts with every word and photo you selected for this week’s challenge! ❤
    Beautifully done, my friend.
    I wish the feelings and instincts for protection/nurturing were so deeply engrained that parents and non-parents lived to protect and value life in a way that transcended species.
    Happy New Year, Tina. Best wishes for 2015.

  7. A great post with which to start the year Tina. The photos are such good choices and your reminder of the preciousness of all life is so true. Looking forward to joining you as we journey into 2015.

  8. Beautiful, touching images. So true. Lots of new things to be learned from those who without words have so much to tell us! Thanks for sharing, Tina.
    Visiting via my smartphone which is not smart enough to allow me to sign in as pix & kardz but it is really me. 🙂

  9. Wonderful photos Tina.

    I’ve certainly seen birds coaxing their young chicks and even admonishing the stragglers when they’re moving from one location to another (near the lake).

    • Thanks Vicki – yes, they’re really fascinating to watch I think. We have an area where blue herons and egrets nest so close to us we can follow their every move. So much fun!

  10. Excellent choice for this week’s photo challenge. I particularly liked the water buffalo. I had no idea that’s what the young looked like! The birds were good too (great blue herons?) – just like the mama and baby robins in the backyard except with much, much bigger beaks / bills.

    Happy New Year!


    • LOL Nancy – yes the blue herons ARE a big larger than the robins 😊. And interestingly we saw hundreds of water buffalo but I think this was the only baby we saw. I think they are very protective and typically the young ones are surrounded by their elders so you can’t see them.

  11. Super images and quotes and perfect to start the new year with. I love watching nature programmes and especially elephant families. It breaks my heart to see the enormous cruelty Man inflicts on the natural world. Let’s hope that this year is not the last one for some of our most cherished animals.

    • Thanks Jude – and you and I are definitely on the same page when it comes to animal cruelty. The photos of elephant slaughter for their ivory are simply horrific. We loved that the monies paid for safari are contributed in part for their protection and preservation.

  12. This is a great take on this challenge of “new” ~ nothing quite like the young, and most important the mothers (and family) that protect them. The shot of the water buffalo is fantastic…I just realized I have never seen a water buffalo calf before 🙂 Cheers Tina, another beautiful series.

    • Thanks so much Randall – yes I think because the calves are so protected by their parents and other mature buffalo we don’t often see them. I just loved its tiny little horns 😊

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