This beautiful picture is of a friend of mine, Dumile, who was a field assistant on Marion Island. A true conservationist who would go to the ends of the to do true work to ensure the survival of our planet and her creatures.
Those of us who work closely with animals often become embroiled in the work, sometimes caring too much about the individual, and then losing our perspective as a result. We so want the creatures to know that we care that we feel we have to pet them or feed them or similar to let them know.
Sometimes it is just enough to love them, even from a distance. Spend moments just being in their presence, even from a far and simply appreciating them. In moments like this I have probably experienced my most profound insights. Sitting in a paddock loving a horse from afar and he comes over and nuzzles me.