"Halo, goodbye" // A fine thread of jack trevally descends from the surface, coiling itself onto a lazy merry-go-round of fishes suspended beneath a sunbeam. The carousel spins, around and around again, as a distant yet nearest star sheds light on an unlikely whirl of life, wound into a celebration of life protected under the sun. The schools of Cabo Pulmo swim in and out of invisible barriers the land apes pencil on the map, zones where they are free and hunted and others where they are protected in restricted space—unbeknownst to them, most likely. On one side of the line, they're food. Immediately inside, they're a photo. Two kinds of shooting, one lethal and the other repeatable, and serving a definite purpose one way or the other. The net worth of these schools of fish, mined as a resource and extracted for sale at market, is not a small amount. But inside the imaginary lines, drawn with an inverted perspective, the value of these animals swimming, breathing, mating, chasing, swirling, spinning and living is also sizable, quantifiable, recognizable. Beyond simply the ecosystem services that living creatures produce for their environment and the people therein, there's a philosophical per diem, a mental allowance and an emotional paycheck that is cashed out every time life is seen as close as to how it always was, with us as another piece of the puzzle instead of the box all the pieces are thrown into. Protected places, set aside from development and left to the many to observe are as telling to the wealth of a nation as the skyscrapers of our economic centers. Like the proud skyline of our businesses towering above us as a testament to our work, an open expanse of Earth or ocean left to itself and for all to see as it would be is a show a strength of a society's soul. I'm saddened by the failure of our nations leaders to recognize the need for our collective spaces to remain as they are, and to see us look to mine their finite resources when their true value lies in their sustainable export of awe and wonder to our minds. Environmental victories are temporary, environmental losses are forever, while around and around we go, ever around the sun.