This was fun in a weird way.

1. Think of your favorite animal. Write down three words that describe why this is your favorite animal, without using physical characteristics. For example if your favorite animal was a frog, one of your reasons could not be “green.” If your favorite animal was a fox, some reasons could be “clever, fast, resourceful.”

2. Now imagine yourself in a white room. The walls, ceiling, and floor are white. There is no furniture or other objects, and there are no windows or doors, or any other way to get out of here. Write three separate words describing how you feel in this room.

3. Now you are at a waterfall with a blind/deaf man. Write three words that you would use to describe the waterfall to this man.


The three words that you used to describe your favorite animal also describe how you want others to see you.

The words that you used to describe the all-white room also describe how you see death.

The words that you used to describe the waterfall also describe how you feel about love.

I picked dragon as the animal: powerful, wise and mystical. The white room was trapped, blank and pure. The waterfalls was thundering, wet and rushing.

See the World While it's Still Here

Do you ever think like that when you take pictures? I sometimes do. So much of the world is disappearing for all sorts of reasons: environment, population expansion, death, taxes and the passage of time, among others. It’s lucky we can capture things (on cameras) while they are still here, fresh and real. It’s a privilege. Really it is.

Think of how much our ancestors have seen and wished they could save or remember for others to see. People wrote books and drew pictures but it’s only recently (when you consider all the thousands of years) that people have been able to take a photograph and preserve what we see exactly as we see it. Yes, the pictures aren’t perfectly exact but they are near enough to exact that our Grandchildren will be able to see frogs even if they have become extinct by then.

We can show the house we grew up in even if a highway has long since overgrown it. So many other things. I mostly think of nature though. So much of it is already lost. So much more is likely to be lost. When did you last see a garter snake, a frog, a snail? They are much rarer than they were when I was a kid, not hugely long ago.

Take your pictures while ye may.