Becky Wayte is an incredible photographer. You can see her work on Facebook, on her Sunshine Coast Trails page.
In the mornings, I look out the window and a smile, because I know she is probably out at that very moment, capturing the beauty of the day beginning. Her sunset shots and panoramic views are also stunning. A lot of you know her work from the calendar, I send you at Christmas.
Becky also has a way with wild life photography. She is able to get a close up of a squirrel chewing a nut, or a hummingbird gathering fluff off a thistle. She’s posted several photos of bears, coyotes, and birds, birds, birds. I find them wonderful.
This last week, she took a particular photo, and asked on line if she should post it.
The reason for her question — she said the photo was “graphic.”
Becky took a photo of a Heron eating a baby gosling.
My first thought was — thanks for the warning. I’ll pass.
I know, if it’s posted I will scroll on. I’m sensitive. I “hide” and “block” photos of animal “cruelty.” (is nature cruel?)
I don’t like to see the zebra get chased by the cheetah, or certainly not big game hunters posing by the elephant. Same goes for photos of starving dogs and matted cats. Nope – I like my head in the deep, deep sand for those visuals.
Then, the voice of reason piped up with the obvious…. again.
Ken said, If she had posted a photo of an eagle with a fish, or a bear with a fish, or a person with a fish… no one would bat an eye or think twice. I doubt she would have have even asked. In fact, she could win a cool award.
But… a baby duck or soft bunny as breakfast? Nope…. No one wants to see that.
No one cares about fish – but… oh, the baby ducks!
Nature is nature, and people are weird.
I’m still not going to look at the photo, but it was interesting to hear a truth, and a perspective I didn’t know I held.