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Best laid plans

As a wildlife and nature photographer sometimes what you plan to do and what you actually end up doing are two very different things. As a wildlife and nature photographer I am very dependant on two things the weather and the wildlife itself. These two factors can be researched, studied, and planned for but I will never be fully in control of them.

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For all the advancements and achievements our species has accomplished perhaps our biggest limitation is our inability to live in cooexistance with nature.  I am in some ways as guilty as any.  We are able to shape our world to meet our needs but we are unable or unwilling to preserve nature.  In our drive for advancement and “progress” we have driven multiple species to extinction and others to the very brink of that same fate.  Upon realizing our transgressions we have in some cases tried to preserve these species we almost eradicated by reintroducing them to areas they used to inhabbit before humans encroached on their land.  Perhaps the most famous example of this is the reintroduction of gray wolves to Yellowston National Park.  After all the hard work that has been done to resore this majestic species their fate has been left in the hands of the very groups that were responsible for their exterpation in the first place.  I do not understand why this path has beechosen for the wolf.  I also don’t understand how their fate can be left in the hands of those that have the most to gain from their destruction.

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Trying to make progress?

I feel like everytime I read an article about our government they are trying to repeal some law that has already been passed.  Repeal energy standards, repeal the health care act, repeal clean air and water regulations, repeal environmental conservation laws, and repeal the endangered species act.  These are just some items of note I have seen lately.  Isn’t our governement supposed to be fighting for progress not fighting to send us back to the stone ages.  It seems to me if our government stopped fighting over what has already been decided and looked forward to making new decisions and solving new problems.  I’m sorry if you didn’t like what the solution was but let’s move on with it at least for now and tackle a new problem.  Maybe we can revisit old issues at a more appropriate time.

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I have come to the sad realization that as a person that cares deeply about our environment and the animals that inhabbit it I have relatively little control over or say in what happens to it.  It is even worse to think that the companies that go about recklessly destroying our planet will be the only people that can afford to live here when needs such as clean air and water become scarce.  What will happen to the everyday person who cares about the environment and has taken steps to protect it?

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Vick / Tiger Comparrison

I just read a report that Michael Vick won the Subway-sponsored BET Sportsman of the Year award. He also signed a new endorsement deal with Nike. Michael Vick is a convicted criminal yet he is being given awards and endorsement deals. He was found guilty of crimes and went to prison. Not the least of his crimes was killing defenseless animals.

Just a quick comparison. Tiger Woods was a much greater player to his sport, golf, than Vick was, is, or ever will be to the NFL. Tiger Woods committed an immoral act, but not an illegal act and people everywhere seem to want to bury him and want nothing to do with him. He lost endorsements as a result of this. His golf game even appears to be suffering as a result of this, which seems to evidence a much greater inner turmoil than that which Vick is experiencing. I in no way condone what tiger did but I think we need a little perspective here.

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Wire fox terrier

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I had another interesting incident during my drive in to work today. I was driving down the highway with my cruise control set to the speed limit as usual. I was approaching an exit and i could see a car traveling down the on ramp to merge with traffic at about the same time I’d be at that point on the highway. So with no traffic around me I did what you should do and I moved over to the left lane to allow the car on the on ramp to merge into the right hand lane of the highway. While i was in the left lane another car comes flying up behind me well in excess of the speed limit flashing his headlights at me to try and get me to move out of his way. This driver continued to flash his headlights at me the entire time I was passing the car on my right. Then when I was clear of the car on the right and moved over to the right hand lane the driver of the car speeding, driving recklessly, and breaking the law gave me the finger for driving safely and following traffic laws and using common sense. Yes HE gave ME THE FINGER. Yup that finger. And he wasn’t telling me I was number one. I am not sure how i was the one that deserved to be flipped off in this scenario.

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In the dew

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