so today i went to the bookstore. enjoying one of my last days as an earning person. see, monday is my deadline - as of monday, i am a full-time student. no more $4 teas from starbucks, no more $40 trips to the bookstore, etc. but that's not until monday, so today i enjoyed both. :)
one book i looked at was by photographer norbert wu, antarctica under the ice, or something along those lines. there was the usual - penguins, orcas, etc. some interesting/sad stuff about how orcas follow the ice-cutting ships to get into water where they have access to fish they wouldn't otherwise, but how sometimes they get trapped in pools of shallow water when the ice-cut channels close back up. the caption of one of the orcas read: the speed of the orcas shows they may somehow understand their precarious situation. interesting.
what i never thought about, though, is that under all those layers of ice there are.... sea stars. jellyfish. and fish. fish that are so well adapted to that cold that they will die if they get as "warm" as 40 degrees F. there are really.. things to see if you went diving there.
really a pretty cool book, but it was $40, and although monday is my tighten-the-belt deadline, i decided i would visit this book rather than buy it.
anyway, my whole point is that the book reminded me how freaking awesome photography is. not only are the images that wu captured beautiful, but they tell stories about the way things are in a world that is completely foreign to us. i put the book down thinking about how much i LOVE photography. :)