Peek-A-Boo

You cannot share your life with a dog, or a cat, and
not know perfectly well that animals
have personalities and minds and feelings.”

Jane Goodall

Peek A Boo

When a two-year old child plays peek-a-boo for the first time, it’s usually the first game they learn from their parents. But who would ever believe that a two-year old child could teach and play this children’s game with a baby gorilla.

Watch how a little boy at the Columbus Zoo actually tires out the baby gorilla playing a simple game of peek-a-boo.

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In Harmony with Animals

“I think of my life’s work as a celebration of all of nature,
an orchestra that plays not the sounds of one musician,
the music of one species, but rather
an expression of all of nature’s songs”.
Gregory Colbert

Gregory-Colbert

Elephant with woman by photographer Gregory Colbert.

The other day I read, Larger Than Life, by Jodi Picoult. It’s a wonderfully written novella about a young woman researcher studying the memory in elephants. It’s the first time reading one of her books, but the story made such an impact on me, I will surely read other books by Ms Picoult.

I’ve always been intrigued and in awe by elephants. It saddens me to hear in the news about poaching in Botswana and other African countries. The thought of elephants becoming extinct frightens me. Hopefully, with the help of numerous writers, celebrities as well as photographers raising awareness of the terrible threat to these noble prehistoric pachyderms extinction will not happen.

There is one man, a not so famous celebrity by the name of Gregory Colbert who is making a difference in saving the elephant. He is a Canadian photographer/film maker who created Ashes and Snow, an ongoing traveling exhibition of photographs and films focusing on the exquisite interaction of humans and animals. Better known as the nomadic museum, these images and films are displayed in purposely built temporary structures that travel the world.

Mr. Colbert started this exhibit in 1992 in hopes of exploring the relationship between man and animals from the inside out. Ashes and Snow has been viewed by more than ten million visitors to date, making it the most attended exhibition by any living artist in history.

He is fast become my favorite photographer. Not only for his heart warming images, but for his beliefs. He has discovered the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, and is working towards restoring the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals.

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Harmony

“Chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans have been living for hundreds of thousands
of years in their forest, living fantastic lives, never overpopulating, never
destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way
more successful than us as far as being in
harmony with the environment.”
Jane Goodall

Harmonious Hamsters

Harmonious Hamsters

I like a good argument every once in a while, but it can be extremely draining when a simple discussion becomes World War Three.

Nothing beats a harmonious relationship. It’s a great feeling when you are with someone and you both are on the same wavelength.

No two humans are alike, so it’s refreshing when you meet someone who sees things the same as you on so many levels. Take for example one of my friends. In our discussions from politics, health and fitness to ethics, we seem to agree on every subject we discuss. Maybe that’s why after speaking with my friend, I feel relaxed and balanced.

For me, life is to short to waste time and energy over arguing about subjects you can’t do anything about. I’d rather spend time alone than with someone that drains my energy with their opinions and negative attitude. Give me a positive person any day of the week to spend time with and keep my life in harmony.

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