Thanks for your visit and comments.
At least the critiques have picked up somewhat since you said your piece. 'Unfortunately' I share your views on this. It seems to me that people are somewhat squeamish to see this or reluctant to express their opinions when they do encounter it. Fortunately there are those who do appreciate the reality of the situation and who would express their feelings or views no matter what. I do have some understanding for the underlying dynamics, yet it always remains a bit of a disappointment when one does not receive the kind of response one was anticipating.
Actually this is not the first time that I've experienced this 'quietness' after such a posting. Here are some of those and bare in mind (IMHO) there is nothing much wrong, if any, with these photos that could have prevented fellow members to express their opinions, likes, dislikes, or even perhaps their appreciations. This tends to make one rather cautious to post such material in future however, I will not stop posting this kind of material; as it does not circle around points, but rather the importance of the message.
1) The sad loss of many rhinos due to the elephant vs rhino wars in the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Park and how this was turned into a 'happy ending' through the story of this "Ubejane elephant". (Only 5 critiques after 776 views.)
2) The harsh realities of life and the dangers encountered by animals. The law of nature is 'eat or be eaten' and this is seen through this story of the "Wounded Zebra fawn". (Only 6 critiques, including yours, after 609 views.)
3) The hardships encountered in dry and thirsty Africa where we do not have the benefit of the many overflowing rivers like one would encounter throughout Europe, North America, and some other fortunate parts of the world. This was seen or told by means of the dirty mud pool that the little "Thirsty Nyala fawn" had to visit as an only source of water for miles and miles around. (Only 7 critiques after 588 views.)
4) Our responsibilities towards nature and how we should ensure that we tread lightly on the many diverse and sensitive areas us photographers visit. This was expressed through the close-up of an eye of a water monitor on "Eye am watching You". (Only 8 critiques after 438 views.)
Please, I do not want to sound presumptuous by expecting that hordes of fellow Trekkies should have flocked to these postings to give critiques, but it definitely seems like the balance is somewhat distorted specifically on these important issues which carry at its core the very significant message of nature conservation. OK, Iíve said my piece and now it can rest.
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