All Creatures Great and Small



All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all
-Cecil Frances, 1848



Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant …
– John Donne


00131_04; Tibet; 2000; TIBET-10976





Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures;
none show more passionate tenderness to their
young when deprived of them; and, in short,
I am not ashamed to profess a deep
love for these quiet creatures.
-Thomas de Quincey



Do not free the camel of the burden of his hump;
you may be freeing him from being a camel.
-Gilbert K. Chesterton


Rajasthan, India



 Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride,
Friendship without envy,
Or beauty without vanity?
Here, where grace is served with muscle
And strength by gentleness confined
He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity.
There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent.
There is nothing so quick, nothing more patient.
~Ronald Duncan,
The Horse


Konigslutter, Germany

Until one has loved an animal,
a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

– Anatole France


Band-e-Amir, Afghanistan

 A horse is worth more than riches.
– Spanish Proverb



Without a shepherd, sheep are not a flock.
-Russian Proverb




All goats are mischievous thieves, gate-crashers,
and trespassers. Also they possess individual
character, intelligence, and capacity for affection
which can only be matched by the dog.
David Mackenzie, Farmer in the Western Isles 


West Bengal, India 


00100_11, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, 2002, AFGHN-12443. Retouched by Ekaterina Savtsova 02/18/2016




As an inspiration to the author,
I do not think the cat can be over-estimated.
He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism.
I do not wonder that many writers love cats;
I am only surprised that all do not.
– Carl Van Vechten


Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.
– James Herriot



A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes.
– Indian Proverb





United States 


Moscow, Russia

The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.
– Charles de Gaulle





The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
judged by the way its animals are treated.
– Mahatma Gandhi

About Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards.
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86 Responses to All Creatures Great and Small

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  2. This is breathtaking!! Amazing pictures…

  3. dosfanboy says:

    These images are so beautiful. I have no words for them, only silent reverence. You have touched my heart and soul in a way few can.

  4. Reblogged this on Journal Edge and commented:
    All image credit goes to: stevemccurry

  5. Thanks for the blog.Much thanks again. Fantastic.

  6. Jose' Rensen says:

    Beautiful pictures als always

  7. Anonymous says:

    You are amazing! Thanks!

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  9. Richard says:

    Beautiful photography, so full of warmth and emotion, with such kind thoughts. Thanks.

  10. Great Photography ! ( as usual ! ) 🙂

  11. what a moving photography, thank you for sharing!!

  12. Cherryl says:

    Truly beautiful

  13. Cynthia says:

    One of my favorites from your blog. Your photography is exquisite.

  14. Peter Kingham says:

    Many thanks Steve McCurry, you have made a lot of people very happy.
    Kind Regards.
    Peter Kingham
    Not forgetting my friend Mansukh.

  15. Dee says:

    Reblogged this on and said I’m such a big fan of Steve McCurry. Talk about a picture painting 1,000 words. Thank you.

  16. Shalini says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is my most absolute fave of your posts. I was just wondering the other day why I havent seen any animal posts by you. Please let your next book be on animals!

  17. Ángel says:

    100% maravilloso¡¡

  18. Jill Hoffman, Ph.D. says:

    Hi Steve, maybe your next book could be about animals? These photos are so lovely. Bye…Jill

  19. Emanuela Magi says:

    Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful pictures. They are so beautiful and above all there is a lot to learn from them.

  20. Wonderful mood in this photo! It transfers the calm of this situation!

  21. Nigel Dalton says:

    I never tire of reading your blog – the passages you choose always interact so well with your images

  22. treesshrubs says:

    Totally awesome….i love the way you see the world….and share it …thank you 😊

  23. Sayantan says:


    Your blogs are study material and inspiration for me. I tried searching the older blogs but could not find them anymore. Are those not available anymore ?

  24. What a beautiful journey .. Thank you

  25. Reblogged this on MikeGreenslade's Blog and commented:
    If you don’t follow Steve McCurry, you really should …….

  26. Marvellous photographs. Difficult not to agree with dDe Gaulle!

  27. Anonymous says:

    steve curry you never stop amazing me with your pictures

  28. Beautiful photos and words as always 🙂

  29. Wonderful photography, always an inspiration!

  30. Dee says:

    Reblogged this on It will or it won't… and commented:
    I am such a fan of Steve McCurry. Talk about a picture painting a 1,000 words…

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  32. habner1 says:

    In this time of disturbing indecency in our U.S.A. it is beneficial to be able to take the time to enjoy decent reflections prompted by these scenes and words of wisdom.
    Thank you!

  33. omar guillermo godoy says:

    Como siempre, muy buenas fotografías e historias, saludos, Omar.

  34. Al Stegmeyer says:

    Always a pleasure. Always. Thank you Steve. Any plans to be back in the USA.?

  35. Anonymous says:

    amazing shots!!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Lovely post, the day is made.

  37. Rajiv says:

    Stunning images

  38. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Steve for images beyond beauty!

  39. Rodolfo José Durán Arellano says:


  40. Anonymous says:

    Um trabalho lindo, maravilhoso, parabéns Steve McCurry.

  41. Not only beautiful photographs, but a record of life in the eyes of humans and the creatures in their lives. All creatures great and small indeed.

  42. Mary Tang says:

    Reblogged this on Life is But This and commented:
    I must share Steve’s photos. They never fail to lift my spirit, If only I have his eyes (and maybe his cameras). The quotes he inserts into his photo journals show such insight.

  43. Marsha Ross says:

    Dearest Steve, you know how to stir our inner soul, with your eyes and your quotes. Bless you always for what you do….

  44. Fijay says:

    These are the most incredibly beautiful photographs Steve ….they are timeless:):):):)

  45. Anonymous says:

    so so beutiful as always, thank you Steve

  46. kyanabrindle says:

    Beautiful images! Thank you so much for sharing these!

  47. jeanmartell says:

    Love these images and quotes you put with them so very much!

  48. Roger says:

    Steve, You bring the world to me and because of your eyes and hard work, I see differently.

  49. Simply the best – thank you Steve.

  50. paula graham says:

    Outstanding, just blew me away. Y’r a star.

  51. Mansukh says:

    Simply outstanding photographs again, Stevebhai. Thank you so much. I love all of them but most of all the following : The one of the goat in the little girl’s lap in West Bengal, the one of the woman meditating by the river with the 3 dogs and the one of the camel and the old man sitting on the bed with the two little boys.
    A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.

  52. Irenadawn says:

    As usual dearest Steve McCurry , you have taken God’s beauty and displayed it as you see it and others can admire and appreciate your same vision . I live in Oxford, Mississippi and also wanted to comment on the wonderful images you included in Mr. Theroux’s book about our Deep South. You capture the heart and soul of every person , place or thing you see through your lens . I just keep trying to perfect my skills to reflect my passion for the beauty in this world we do see each day . Each night we must count our blessings for the blessings bestowed upon us in life magical or curiously unique and compare them to the common evils in which we have become accustomed . There is only so far evil can take our minds before we just shut it out and become numb . Nonetheless, the magic and brilliance of our beautiful world seizes to amaze each and ever day . That will always be the triumph of good over evil and our hope in the scheme of life . I hope that you will not mind if I share your blog post with others by reposting your photo album on my website . I love to share your collections . My readers love to see each new collection you have completed . God bless you for you are a Great Creature !

  53. Sir, you are my inspiration.

  54. James Herriot used this quote for one of his books. I always enjoyed his stories and learned much. Your photographs coupled with beautiful quotes stir my soul. Well done!

  55. You, Sir, are a pied piper with a camera… every image is so beautiful that I like looking at them again and again

  56. Cynthia B. says:

    Outstanding and very inspirational. Thank you.

  57. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Awesome photography …. Love his work!!

  58. Anonymous says:

    Thank you – beautiful oasis in a hectic span of worldtimes.

  59. Sue says:

    Fantastic images!

  60. Kiko Escudé says:

    Always happy when I recive your mail.

  61. Myrna Rosa says:

    Thank you so much for feeding my soul. How wonderful to see such beauty.

  62. Pilgrim says:

    Cats and dogs, we need them to make us comfortable.

  63. Nancy says:

    So true! So beautiful!

  64. Anonymous says:

    I cried before getting half way through them. Very gorgeous photos. Thank you for these.

  65. Reblogged this on Seventeen Beats and commented:
    This is just fantastic. Bravo, Steve.

  66. Bill Bennett says:

    Reblogged this on PGS – The Way and commented:
    McCurry shoots animals with compassion in the same way he shoots people….

  67. Grace Anne says:

    Beautiful quotes. Ever more beautiful pictures!!
    Makes me wonder do I like cats coz I am a writer or am I writer coz I like cats 😀😀

  68. Enrique says:

    As usual, impecable images!

  69. ranu802 says:

    Stunningly beautiful, thank you!

  70. waehlefreude says:

    Great! And so…

  71. dy123 says:

    God Bless you, Steve McCurry.

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