Attachment issues

One thing that I find difficult to do while enjoying wildlife is not get emotionally attached.

If you have been following my blog for long enough now you will know that I do get emotionally attached and that when something happens to that animal I normally get upset.

My main inspiration for taking up wildlife photography was watching the DVD Halcyon River Diaries by Charlie Hamilton James.

During one of those episodes you see Charlie getting upset over a Kingfisher which had a broken wing and then later died. In another episode he is filming a family of ducks when one of the duckings becomes separated from its mother and the other ducklings. Charlie talks about the importance about not getting emotional attached, and as a wildlife photographer or film maker, not to get involved. However in the next scene he chases over the vegetable patch to help save the duckling.

This week, after the fox I had been following died, someone made a comment on social media ‘What about the ugly animals?’.

I don’t think attachment has anything to do with a animal being cute or ugly but how much you get to know that animal. If you follow an animal over a period of time, whether watching a butterfly or a ladybird for a few minutes or a badger or fox for years, as a wildlife photographer you become part of its life and it becomes part of yours, you watch its behaviour, learn a tiny amount about its struggles, overtime you learn its habits, its routine, you share events with it and you begin to love it. Then when something happens to that creature it is hard not to let it affect you.

Thank you for all the kind comments, retweets, follows and likes this week.

Around my local patch

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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9 Responses to Attachment issues

  1. seasonalight says:

    Alex, emotions are so important. Together with rationale, they are how we make decisions, everyday. It’s a wonderful thing you are compassionate. May it spread to all others you encounter. 🙂

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  2. New Moons For Old says:

    You have expressed the truth of this so well.

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  3. Adam Canning says:

    I’m glad you’ve done this post. It’s only natural, therefore normal, to get an attachment – it is odd when people think otherwise and shun this part of humanity. It is better to be compassionate, than not at all. 🙂

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  4. Sue says:

    A well written post Alex. I unashamedly have an emotional bond with my visiting possums and some of the wild birds that come around each day. I don’t think there is anything wrong with feeling an attachment to a wild animal, because as you say, you watch the animal’s daily struggles and get to know them, so of course it is upsetting when something awful happens to them. Don’t ever lose that compassion for all living creatures, it is what makes us a good, kind, decent human being.

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  5. I get overly attached to wildlife and I hate to see any animals suffer. I know that it nature life can be cruel but it isn’t easy to see. We once had an injured fawn in our back yard and when I contacted fish and wildlife they said to let it be, that mother would take care of it. And they were right – momma deer came back several times a day to feed her baby until it was able to leave with her on its own. I don’t know how many times I cried during those few days watching the poor baby. But it turned out fine in the end.

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  6. Helen White says:

    Totally relate, great post.

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