I don’t know why this came into my head this morning, but it did so I thought I might share it with you.
Years ago I was caravanning through Yellowstone with a Pro photographer when we came upon this coyote mousing a field.
I stopped, which caused the Pro to turn around to see what I had stopped for. They saw the coyote and said something to the effect of “I guess a coyote might make an OK calendar photo" Upon hearing that, the only thing that popped into my head was “What?” Needless to say I was a bit miffed by that, but that statement was a bit of a turning point in my growth as a nature photographer.
It made me realize that I never want to do this solely for money or let money, fame or any of that other crap influence my appreciation of nature or how I try and portray it. A coyote is a coyote and should be appreciated for what it is. It’s not a commodity whose only worth is what it can bring to my pocket.
To further reinforce that fact, I’ve decided that any and all profits from print sales on my website through the end of Labor Day will go straight to the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington Washington. I love the fact that this place rehabilitates all animals brought into their care, regardless of what it is. Sure they rehabilitate “cool” animals like weasels, owls and what-not, but what I really love about them is they also rehabilitate more common animals like mallard ducks, skunks and yes, even coyotes. All wildlife deserves a second chance, these folks give it to them.