Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

Tigers Of Memory

Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

I’ve put a lot of time and care into processing my image for this week’s challenge. The original photo was taken several years ago at London Zoo. I’ve only ever seen tigers in zoos. I doubt that I will ever get to see a tiger in the wild! As individuals, groups, nations and citizens of Earth we need to take more care of our environment and our precious wildlife. There are more tigers in captivity, including as peoples pets, than exist in the wild. Tigers are still being hunted and poached for the rich elite, who hold onto arcane beliefs of medicinal benefits from parts of this beautiful animal. In the next century it is entirely possible that all that remains of the tiger will be images in books and online; perhaps a few stuffed exhibits in museums.

We must do all that we can to protect the world’s most endangered species but we also need to look to our own local wildlife and their diminishing habitats. In the UK the RSPB are running a campaign to Give Nature A Home. There are twenty different and simple things that you can do in your garden or neighbourhood to give our wildlife a helping hand. With Winter approaching this is especially important! All over the World there are National and Regional charities and organisations that you can contact to find out how to help your local wildlife. If you don’t have a garden you can get involved with volunteer projects in the countryside or you can donate money to help these organisations achieve their goals.

My image is called Tigers of Memory, named after a truly beautiful song by Celia Barrett. Please do follow the link and listen to the song, it’s very poignant! Time is running out for much of our wildlife, not just the tigers. Please try to do something to help protect them and ensure that they don’t fade from the World of Life, to exist only in our memories.

19 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

  1. Well worth the time and effort Sarah, a beautiful portrait of the most wonderful animal. It sickens me to know that man still hunts these (and other) wild animals for their own selfish reasons. You would think in the 21st century we’d have put an end to this.

    • Thanks Steve πŸ™‚ I have no problem with people living in wilderness areas who need to hunt to live. Many of these cultures actually live in real harmony with nature and their environment. The majority of people on the planet have absolutely no need to go out killing wild animals!! We have plenty of food available in supermarkets and an endless supply of leather and other types of clothing. Sometimes animal management is necessary to protect the wellbeing of the species and their environment. That’s only really become necessary because years ago we killed all the wolves, bears and lynx! The sick people who take advantage of the extremely poor people who live in areas where tigers, rhino and elephants are still being poached should be stripped of all their assets and made to go and live in those very areas, dedicating their lives to protecting the animals they’ve been destroying through greed! Rant over πŸ˜‰

  2. You did a great job of processing the image. I can feel the character of the lion.
    As for the environment – never have I been so pessimistic about it. We are afflicted as a species with believing that everything can be redeemed. And I have seen how nature can recover given chance. But what will the world be like when the tide turns – a desert with a few shoots poking through?

    Listening to SoundCloud πŸ™‚

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