Mothers Day finds me reflecting on an experience Elaine and I shared just a few weeks ago.
We were traveling a long way from home and came across a group of new mothers and their babies. We found them enormously attractive.
Elaine loves to hold and talk to babies, and I love any opportunity for a good photo.
But we were the interlopers and stayed a respectful distance away.
In just a little while, one of the moms brought her baby close to us. She didn’t say anything, but seemed to encourage us to pat the young one and had no objection to my camera.
Pretty soon others joined us. They seemed to be as curious as we were and to enjoy the encounter.
Elaine didn’t get to hold the babies but did get the pat them, kiss them, and put her hand in one’s mouth. I got some photos and I believe we all had a great sense of connection.
Happy Mothers Day to all who have the title officially, and to all who help support this interconnected web of life we share.
Grey Whale Group
Grey Whales, Cow and Calf
Mom and calf
Below the Surface
Notes: This encounter took place in a protected area in Mexico as part of a small group eco tour. Only a few boats are allowed in the preserve at a time, all piloted by licensed personnel. All wildlife was treated with a great deal of respect. Many thanks to the professionals who conducted this tour, and to our fellow searchers.
Here is a link to the tour operator: http://www.bajawhales.com/.