Friday, 25 May 2012

another candle

today i will turn twenty years old. it feels weird to say that i'm leaving my teenage years- there's no turning back. in a lot of ways i still feel like a child, but for me it's a good thing. growing older doesn't mean growing bored, and i've decided long ago that i'll never want that. always look at the world with fresh eyes, i tell myself, and age won't mean a thing. because things like that keep you youthful.

i had a conversation with a close friend a few days ago. we were talking about whether people 'change'. can someone really change their personality? it doesn't seem likely, does it, considering that personality is defined as an 'enduring characteristic'. he told me that people can't change. that who you are is determined by genes and perhaps a bit of environment. but even environment, he said, doesn't matter after puberty- so thirteen or fourteen. i don't think so though. perhaps there are some people who once set, stay that way. but i believe that there are also people who can change, through pure self motivation.

this is admittedly a view that i hold onto from personal experience. you see when i was younger, i wasn't the most aware of other people and how they felt. i didn't know it at the time but i was mean- i didn't say anything rude or insulting upfront, but it was just little things in the way i acted. i'd insist on doing things my way. it would bother me if i wasn't right, even for the smallest thing. i thought of a conversation as being a debate and i always had to have my say.

looking back i put part of it on my naivety (which to a degree, i still have), but most of it on simple ignorance. as bad as it may sound though, and as much as i regret not having been more considerate and giving other people more trust, i am happy that at least i'm truly aware of it now. everyday i aspire to be a better person. i have many people in my life who i look up to, and for that i am grateful.

on a brighter note though, here are some images i photographed at the woodland park zoo last week. the boy in the images is henry, a singer/pianist. i've yet to catch him singing or even humming a tune but i'm determined!

 the canopy above the aviary

 eager children

 resting in a sunlit patch

 a man sitting by the orangutan exhibit


 a meerkat. quite possibly the cutest animal ever.

 pointing out a slumbering tiger

me and a jaguar

poison dart frogs 

 a swan amongst flamingos

 child backlit with a tank of fish in the brown bear exhibit

i am 20

ps. these are all photographed on my iphone 4


  1. Great photos!

  2. happy birthday dear Wendy,
    you inspired me and you are stunning!!! indeed stunning! thank you for everything! I wish i could give you something back, at least for your birthday...

  3. happy birthday wendy
    i'm 19 at the moment and the thought of me turning 20 later on the year feels so weird as well. but as you said, growing older doesn't mean that we should necessarily grow up. it's always refreshing to see the world with youthful eyes.
    these photos are beautiful. it's always nice to see that great photographs doesn't necessarily have to come from expensive cameras. shooting from the heart is what produces a lovely photograph and i could see that in your photos.

  4. Happy birthday!! and these photos are really lovely :))

  5. Happy birthday!! Its good to hear that you have a good outlook on life and wanting to be a better person. Very inspiring!
    Nice photos as always. :)

  6. love anything nautical, very unique , Amazing pictures
    parfum pas cher

  7. ” welcome


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