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