Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman who experiences severe depressive episodes. She loves photography, animals, and traveling when she is up to it.
About this photo: “I love giraffes. Their graceful form, their beautiful fur patterns, their knowing eyes. I was lucky enough recently to be eye to eye with one, and to feed lettuce to his long purple-y tongue. I was on a platform and he came right up to me. He looked at me as if he could see inside of me. I suddenly wanted to cry or give him a big hug. It was a beautiful moment, and a great reminder of how much I love traveling and experiencing new things and cultures. Depression keeps me from doing that much of the time. I can only hope my depression continues to get better, so I can travel and do more and more things outside of my comfort zone. It’s a beautiful world out there. I don’t want to keep missing out.”