Times are changing
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It is also a time of change in many other ways. Not only do we see the change of the seasons and lately the arrival of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but we are facing so many changes globally.
Even with the gradual lifting of restrictions from the Coronavirus pandemic, it still feels as though there will be permanent change for most, if not all of us. We’ve had to learn to adapt our lives across the board (work-life, home-life and social-life) and, aside from those who have lost friends and loved ones, there has been nowhere harder hit than for those in the retail, hospitality and aviation industries. As wildlife photographers, we can appreciate that more than most with the loss of worldwide travel which helps to keep our work (or hobby) varied and interesting.
Surely many of you have heard the feel-good stories of wildlife flourishing from the absence of humans over the last twelve-to-eighteen months, but there are also those that have faced even greater dangers, most notably from poaching. So, spare a thought for the wildlife conservation initiatives, whose work has also suffered greatly with the lack of funding during the pandemic threatening to undo decades of conservation work.
Whilst there have been many pros and cons for wildlife, the anthropause has undoubtedly created a new wave of research, which will hopefully see us more engaged with wildlife and its protection as we adjust to a new way of living. If nothing else, this would be a good way forward if we are to ever see Earth’s wildlife flourish.