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

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

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87 replies on “All Creatures Great and Small”

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

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!

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

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

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


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 ?

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!

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

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.

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 !

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