Jan 1 2012

#246 Less is More (1)

From ARW in San Diego, California

“Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections,
predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal.
Difficult standards for people to live up to.”

~ Alfred Montapert


Nov 23 2011

#207 “Transcendental Variety”

From Colin in Chattanooga, Tennessee

There are many aspects of this illustration that I find significant and intriguing, but two of the most prevalent features that speak to me are the inherent ideas of transcendentalism and variety that are on display here. Seeing as how the illustration depicts (in some ways) a creature that is a conglomeration of other animals, it seems that the picture comments on the diversity of life in the world around us. But at the same time, when we take a closer look, we see common threads throughout almost all forms of life. We see characteristics and features that are almost universal to all creatures, whether they be wolf, duck, tiger, horse or human.

In the end, as I lay my eyes upon this drawing which is clearly a celebration of life and nature, I am reminded of two of my favorite quotes by some of the world’s leading scientific minds. Ruminate on these thoughts and enjoy!

“I think nature’s imagination is so much greater than man’s.
She’s never going to let us relax.”
- Richard Feynman

“We are all connected:
To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the universe atomically.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jul 23 2011

#84 “The Miracle”

From Emmi in Finland

We often refer to childbirth as “the miracle of life.” In truth, I believe that this a good moniker for this breathtaking and amazing act. When you really stop to think about it, the very notion that two individual beings can come together and create a new life that is wholly separate and independent from either of them is truly beyond words. I would not trade my place as a male, but I sometimes jealously wonder what it must feel like to experience the creative and selfless power that resides in giving life to another through birth.

Something that I don’t think we often think about, though, is the fact that most other animal species procreate in the same manner that we do. I am not necessarily trying to lower humans to the level of a base animal, but I do think that if we value the process of our procreation and view it in a similar light to that of animals, we may learn to have a deeper love and respect for the creatures that we share our planet with. True, a human child is not the same as a young wolf pup, and I know that there is no bond that truly compares to that of a human mother and child… but to consider the wolf mother… to know that she as well has held her young ones in her belly… to realize that she as well would die for her young… would kill for them… would do anything to protect them… surely this counts for something.

Jun 6 2011

#37 “Herp -n- Derp”

From a stranger in Texas

After utilizing a few Internet message boards and Q&A websites to conduct a little online research, I have discovered that a surprising number of people are extremely interested in whether or not animals can be born with any type of mental retardation. As it turns out, animals can certainly be afflicted with all sorts of mental handicaps. When you really stop and think about it, this makes perfect sense. After all, why would animals be immune to mental retardation or other afflictions of this sort?

I suppose the reason why many people ask this question is because encountering an animal that is clearly mentally handicapped is somewhat rare. This actually makes perfect sense, as well. From what I have read, most animals typically have a keen eye for the health and mental wellness of their young, and if an offpsring appears to have a severe disability, that offspring is usually left to die. This is harsh, but it is essential to the well-being of the species as a whole. If mentally retarded animals survive long enough to breed, they could pass along their less-desirable characteristics, which would in turn impact larger populations of that species.

Now, for all my research, I have never heard of anyone who has ever come in contact with a mentally retarded wolf.  I’m not sure if this is due to the reasons listed in the preceding paragraph or if wolves are, in fact, so insanely awesome that they actually are immune to retardation. In the case of the lobos, I tend to lean towards the second explanation. In direct contrast to my opinions, however, we certainly seem to have two retarded wolves on our hands today in the form of Herp and Derp.

But while these wolves may be sacrificed or killed if left to ways of the wild, they will find refuge in my collection of wolves of all shapes, sizes, temperaments and mental capabilities.

Herp and Derp, I greet you with open arms. All wolves are welcome here.