Friday, July 31, 2015
Thoughts on Cecil and '70s Fashion
Poor Cecil the lion. If anything good comes out of that story, it's a heightened awareness of the fact that big-game hunting continues. I fundamentally do not understand why anyone would gain enjoyment from shooting a huge, noble, potentially endangered animal that humans can't even eat. Trophy hunting is an utterly alien concept to me.
I read an article in The Guardian in which a hunter defended big-game hunting as a bedrock human impulse -- a nod to our inner natures as predators. But in the wild, no animal hunts and kills just for the fun of it. They hunt for food. Not the same thing!
If anything, I hope this incident prompts changes in hunting laws. Hunters shouldn't be able to pay any price to hunt rhinoceros or other trophy animals. Why don't those guys just buy cameras and take photos?
And I'm impressed at the universal outrage that Cecil's killing prompted. The vast, vast majority of people see that it's wrong.
Even Newt Gingrich, for God's sake! I don't think I've ever agreed with Newt Gringrich about anything.
Anyway...in other news...
Photo scanning continues around here. I plowed through stacks of family photos yesterday and a photo album and file folders. I set up a private Flickr account for my mom and put everything there, so not only can she access it, but my brother and I can too.
We looked through a folder full of childhood drawings by my brother and me. Here are some drawings I did as a kid. My mom used to stack up household magazines, like "Better Homes and Gardens," as well as Sears and J.C. Penney catalogs, for me to use in art projects. I'm sure I was inspired by those. I think I missed out on a career in fashion illustration!
(Top photo: These leaf-hoppers (I think?) like our pine cone lilies!)