While going to get my driver’s license renewed last week, apropos to the current blog topics, a number of things came to mind from the past, and to my camera’s attention.
The result of that afternoon’s pondering and observation brought on the selection of photos posted. As my mood took a dive right after I posted them, it occurred to me that it would interesting to see what each one of you perceived from the photos.
This photo was taken in the mid 70’s at Mickey Bailey’s Wildlife Unlimited (Family) Farm (no longer there) in Seebe, Alberta near the Rocky Mountains, where they “trained” animals for films, in their home - since they were tiny little ones - about a year prior to the great tragedy.
This one was a savvy little critter, as once he felt comfy on my lap, proceeded to take off my earrings (which I was holding in my hands during photo) and later my belt… taking also ain at my scarf - as he was seriously reprimanded for his mischief. These guys are s-t-r-o-n-g!
This was Tigger at 8 months old.
They also had a number of tigers. One awful night, someone broke in their compound and five of the mature tigers were killed… To make a story short… this barbarian act followed another at the Zoo in Calgary, where someone jumped the fence and killed an elk with a bow and arrow which had a blade attached to its tip!
Heartbroken, I began a petition that six months later changed the law and, it became a criminal offence to kill an animal in captivity with a summary conviction of $6,000dls and possibly also an additional 6 months jail term. This great experience could be a post in itself.
However… things changed with time, and it became legal to farm deer, not only it became legal to farm them but in some areas of the United States "game hunters" (cowards!) paid to kill them in “confinement”!
In the late 90’s, under Ralf Klein's Government, the law was challenged by the so-called- farmers petitioning a change to allow the killing/hunting of animals in captivity. There was "some" opposition… (but nothing near the actions I originally managed to generate from the public in general) By then, I was living in Kelowna, BC and the news this time did not travel “as far and wide as it originally did”, it was not in the interest of the powers to be. I have the strong suspicion that the hooligan’s prevailed. Money-money-money!
Not that I did not care...
This lone seagull atop the electrical pole, with the gray and turbulent skies as a backdrop, struck me as an example of the “isolation” birds experience during big storms and snow fall times such as the ones we had just gone through. They vanish from the shores; I used to get quiet worried until one day I spotted thousand of them, in farmers fields about a mile or so inland, all huddled together… This guy must be a lookout left behind (?)
When I looked back I noticed something v-e-r-y odd, while we had the persistently cold and long episode of snow up to our eyeballs, there was none on the mountains on the background last Friday (what you see is low cloud), yet we do have two ski resorts in the North Shore area, apparently operating (?).
Sandpipers – passing through, always a sweet sight. They must have been awfully confused with the cold they found, the river and the farmer's irrigation canals had a couple of inches of ice…
No fish and chips today. Or, yesterday, or the day before… Our beaches are a destination for fish and chips; people come from near and far to our restaurants and picnic tables all year round to savior our famous “English style” fish and chips