Back when I thought I´d be spending my life surrounded by walls, I always envied the one thing most wild animals share: Freedom. Even the most fragile creatures (humans being the exception) are born into nature and quickly learn to navigate their way. What most humans label sophisticated or even superior, I label fake and disabling. Many people in industrialized nations couldn´t survive a night outside and thus are forced to live within society. Granted, many live a quite comfortable life and wouldn’t want it any other way. However, some of us still carry the wild and untamed essence of nature within us and need to roam freely.
I´ve seen into the eyes of many people. I´ve seen happiness, anger, wickedness, sadness, lust; the whole spectrum of human emotion. Nothing has ever moved me as much as seeing a wild spirit trapped and slowly dying.
Here is my personal collection of free animals I´ve gathered over the years (Click on image to enlarge). Enjoy!
Two ducklings after their morning swim. Stuttgart, Germany.
A very upset bird of prey (a young Ferruginous Hawk maybe?). Wyoming Rocky Mountains, USA.
A little chipmunk doing his hygiene routine. He didn´t mind me watching him. Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA.
A female moose I almost ran into. Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA.
A raven enjoying the city life. Paris, France.
Butterfly! Georgia, USA.
A hummingbird in action. Estes Park, USA.
This deer is just hanging out in the town. Estes Park, USA.
Not sure what kinda bird this guy is. But he´s handsome! Bodensee, Vienna.
Yes, I am really into birds in case you couldn´t tell :). As usual, ask for permission if you´d like to use any of these photographs.
Best wishes to all the tree huggers and hobos out there!