/ BONDING WITH WOLVES IN CALI↓
In 2017 I attended the first #sonykandotrip
in Santa Barbara, California.
had a lot planed for those in attendance, and it was meeting the #alphacollective
for the first time.
I also met two wolves that I bonded with during my time at the event.
There names are Damu and Cael and they belong to @projectwildsong.
These guys seemed to be everywhere but in front of my camera during the event.
I was determined to change that before our last day.
I first heard Cael's story, after a sound bath experience in one of the tents at the Kando site.
They joined us in a corner of the tent, howling as we listened attentively and meditated.
After the exercise, @andyto
and I stayed back, hoping to interact with them more.
I was stood 6 foot 4 inches over their golden stares, and was quickly advised to get low.
I sat on the floor next to them, and they seemed more relaxed.
Their trainers told me the story, of how at a young age, Cael was mistreated by a male vet, near the end of his socialization window.
This caused him to live in fear of men in particular.
This is why I had to stay low assuring him that I was not a threat.
It was sad thing to hear their story of animal cruelty, but inspiring to see the success the work the trainers had on them.
He actually allowed me to pet him!
After that experience I had other activities for the day to attend to.
I would have to wait until the morning of our travel day, to photograph my new furry friends.
At 5:30am my group and I summited the hill and were soon joined by the majestic Cael and Damu one last time.
At the time, I had the @sonyalpha
A7Rii and the Sony 24-70mm lens.
These photos mean a lot to me, because they represent bravery and strength.
It reminds me of the abuse I went through in my childhood and how like these wolves, the help of others allowed me to overcome my fears and struggles.
It reminds me to #bealpha
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