I have to say that the excitement of going through my photos after a shoot rivals how I felt as a kid on Christmas morning. It’s so much fun sorting through the images and beginning to edit those that have merit, particularly from a trip like Costa Rica. I was going to hold off posting any more shots before I got further along in my post-processing, but the sunset image today really speaks to what a photographically-rich environment we had throughout the trip, so I couldn’t help myself.
On the plane ride home we watched the documentary Blackfish that tells the story of a killer whale named Tilikum that kills several people while in captivity by organizations including Sea World. There is footage that is heart wrenching to watch about what fuels the multi-billion dollar business of glorifying animals that belong in the wild. For me, knowing that killer whales exist in families, have emotional capacities that have been documented through MRI, and react to traumatic events in ways similar to humans, makes this movie all the more powerful. And it’s not just killer whales. Elephants and lions have shown to have similar capacities! If you watch these videos it’s hard not accept that we are part of an interconnected web with the animal kingdom. And our treatment of animals – whether we realize it or not – is a reflection of how we treat ourselves.