A Bird's Eye view - Exploring Nature's Beauty at Don Bosco School of Theology Exhibit, Philippines
In a world where the hustle and bustle of urban life often disconnects us from nature, the Don Bosco School of Theology (DBST) has provided a unique opportunity to reconnect with the natural world. Their latest exhibit, aptly titled “A Bird’s Eye View,” showcases the breathtaking wild bird photography of Fidian Ples. This captivating exhibit, inaugurated on September 7, 2023, by DBST President Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, invites visitors to immerse themselves in the awe-inspiring beauty of our feathered friends and the lush flora and fauna that grace our naturally blessed country. Running from September 1, 2023, to October 4, 2023, during the Season of Creation, this exhibit serves as a timely reminder of the importance of preserving the earth’s beauty and biodiversity.
The Vision of Fidian Ples
Fidian Ples, the talented photographer behind “A Bird’s Eye View,” brings to life the vibrantworld of Philippine wild birds through his lens. His stunning photographs capture these avian wonders in their natural habitats, frozen in time as they soar through the skies or perch ondelicate branches. Ples’s work is not just about aesthetics; it is a call to action, urging viewers to appreciate and protect the incredible biodiversity that surrounds us.
Ples expressed his hopes for the exhibit by saying, “By sharing some of my photos, I hope you will have a better appreciation and pride of our wild birds and a deeper affection for our naturally blessed country with beautiful flora and fauna species that abound everywhere.” His passion for both photography and conservation shines through in every image, inspiring a profound connection between the viewers and the natural world.
Fr. Francis Gustilo’s Inspirational Message
During the exhibit’s inauguration, Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB, addressed the attendees with a heartfelt message that shifted the focus from ecological crisis to the “Original Blessing” of creation. He emphasized the importance of seeing the Earth’s beauty as more than just a backdrop to the ecological challenges we face. “Rather than just focusing on the Original Sin of Man,” he remarked, “we should turn our attention to the Original Blessing. May the preservation of the beauty that is around us fuel our desire to care for our common home.”
Fr. Gustilo’s words serve as a reminder that the beauty of our planet is a gift that should inspire us to be responsible stewards of the environment. In a world grappling with climate change, habitat destruction, and species extinction, this perspective offers a ray of hope and a renewed sense of purpose.
The Impact of “A Bird’s Eye View”
As visitors stroll through the exhibit, they are transported into the enchanting world of wild birds. The vivid colors, intricate details, and captivating poses of the birds reveal nature’s artistry at its finest. Beyond the visual spectacle, the exhibit encourages a sense of wonder and appreciation for the biodiversity that surrounds us.
Moreover, “A Bird’s Eye View” serves as a call to action. It invites viewers to take a moment to reflect on their relationship with nature and consider the small but meaningful steps they can take to protect the environment. Whether it’s supporting conservation efforts, reducing plastic waste, or simply spending more time outdoors, every individual has a role to play in caring for our common home.
Don Bosco School of Theology’s exhibit, “A Bird’s Eye View,” offers a transformative experience that transcends the boundaries of art and nature. Fidian Ples’s exquisite bird photography transports us into the world of these magnificent creatures, while Fr. Francis Gustilo’s words inspire us to see the Earth’s beauty as a source of hope and motivation.
As the Season of Creation unfolds, this exhibit serves as a poignant reminder of our responsibility to protect and preserve the beauty that surrounds us. By celebrating the original blessing of creation, we can find the strength and motivation to address the ecological challenges facing our planet. “A Bird’s Eye View” is more than an exhibit; it is a catalyst for change and a celebration of the wondrous world we call home.