Seal Reflections from Bogota

April 06, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I am back at my hotel in Bogota, Colombia, and reflecting on the Harp Seal excursion I did last month.  I have managed to edit through the approx 1500 images that I took and post the more interesting ones online.  I ultimately came to the decision to finish them in Black and White as I felt color was not a contributing factor, and the seals in their monochromatic fur skins, juxtaposed against the snow and gray skies, we're images that would be better conveyed this way.  Sadly, I would later learn that the Canadian government would raise the kill quota for these animals up to 400,000 for this year.  That hunt commenced just a short while ago, where hunters will use wooden clubs to smash their heads so as to protect the pelts of which they will skin these animals for.  A seal pelt will fetch about $80 on the market.

 

Meanwhile, winter is now over and Spring has begun to show itself in New York.  I am taking the Easter weekend to visit Bogota, Columbia; a country I have never before visited.  Earlier today, I was hiking in a beautiful cloud forrest in a nearby national park, and have now wrapped up a wonderful dinner out on the town.  I must say, the cuisine here is something to really appreciate, and the mountainous range that envelopes this city is quite stunning, too.  I don't know if I will break my camera out to try to capture some of the interesting finds on this trip, but I can say that there is plenty to see in this city with a population the size of New York City.  For now, I am sort of taking in the sights, and basing myself in the Northern part of the city.  


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