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“Fall in love with some activity, and do it! Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough. Work as hard and as much as you want to on the things you like to do the best. Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn’t stop you from doing anything at all.”
— Richard P. Feynman
”Our Two Hands” is an investigation into our societies complex and intimate relationship to fly fishing for Salmonids. How did we arrive at this crossroads of conservation and sportsmanship and what are the creative alternatives to the currently flawed management practices for Salmon and Steelhead? The balance and longevity of steelhead fly fishing culture lies in the fate of these fish. The beauty and pursuit of these fish has created a culture, community, and livelihood for recreational fly anglers, guides, small companies, artists and many others around the world. We want to introduce you to the new efforts being made in the conservation arena. The economics of fishery management, the guides on the river day in and day out, and the culture of two-handed rods and the swung fly. We could eventually lose the cumulative experience if we don’t input a transfiguration of fishery management, re-think our world views regarding technology and nature, and come together as a community.
photos of dolphins and humans sharing some waves. like us, dolphins seem to take great pleasure in hitching a ride on a wave, which they will jump from just before it crashes into shore. the dolphins will then swim back into the open water to catch another wave, which they will ride back to shore at great speeds. the activity, it is believed, stems from coasting in their mothers’ slipstreams as young free riders.
photosbygerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.
when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”
approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.
cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts