A Time of Reflection

“It’s interesting that, Darling, as he became a well-known conservationist, people would talk to him about his love for wildlife.  And there’s no question that he did have a love for wildlife, particularly birds, and ducks, and waterfowl.  But he pointed out,  ‘You know, although I love these animals, that’s not the important thing.  The important thing is that they are the delicate indicators of the future.  And when you see populations of birds or creatures being crowded out, dying, the human kind is not far behind’.” – Christopher “Kip” Koss, interview for America’s Darling, 2011

It’s been ten years since the release of America’s Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling and now sixty years since Darling’s passing on February 12, 1962. Since the release of my documentary, with the help of so many, I continued to build upon the Darling Legacy and narrative. There have been extraordinary new paths and adventures in addition to  meeting such fine dedicated people along the way. A promise to “Kip” is being fulfilled too – the Jay N. Darling Institute at Drake University! This is and will be source of change, inspiration, and hope, in helping to make the world a better place for generations to come. I feel blessed.

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet and become acquainted with a German photographer, Thilo Lechleitner. His love for wildlife with his skillful lens capture the delicate indicators (and some of the larger ones too!) of the future, around the Franken region, town of Keups, Germany.  It is an honor to share some of Thilo’s photography as we continue to reflect upon and celebrate “the man, who never forgot that he was once a boy”- Jay Norwood Darling.. Enjoy!  Sam Koltinsky, Jay N. Darling Legacy

Morning in Upper Franken / Morgen in Oberfranken
Orchestration of Movement / Inszenierung der Bewegung
Common Buzzard / Mäusebussard
Kestrel / Turmfalke
Feral Pigeon / Stadttaube
Spotted Woodpecker/ Buntsprecht
Great Tit / Kohlmeise
Long-tailed Tit / Schwanzmeise
Greenfinch / Grünfink
Jaybird / Eichelhäher
Bullfink / Dompfaff
Ouzel / Amsel
A Road of Discovery / Ein Weg voller Entdeckungen
Whinchat / Braunkehlchen
Glue / Uhu
Doe / Reh
Mazarine Blue / Rotklee-Bläuling
Goat / Ziege
Grass Snake / Ringelnatter
Hare / Feldhase
The End of the Day / Am Ende des Tages
Thilo Lechleitner, Photographer