S is for Safari
Before I begin my post, I want to let you know that I saved up and traveled to various places from the teacher’s salary that I earned when I lived overseas. And, of course, living overseas allowed me to get to other places more cheaply. So, no, I wasn’t independently wealthy. I was frugal. I planned in advance and stayed with my overseas friends, or in inexpensive lodging so that I could spend my money on what I really wanted. Lodging meant little to me. Seeing meant a lot.
With that said, I’d like to share some of the photographs I took before my vision got so bad when I was on safari in Kenya and South Africa. I was very fortunate in that I had a great camera lens. These animals, which look so tame, were all in the wild and quite far away from our jeep. We have had wonderful guides. In fact, we learned we had one of the most experienced guides to give tours in Kenya. My colleagues took it upon themselves to follow up on getting his experiences down on paper. I never read it, however. He could spot incredible animals in motion, like a pregnant leopard and a cougar taking a giraffe up a tree! Yikes, glad I couldn’t see that far!
Here are some of the photos I could find right off the bat. Not sure where all the others are stored.
The zebra can run fast, we learned, but its stripes make it an easy target for some of the other animals.
For me to view these animals in the wild was amazing! The roads were pretty bad and some of the kids in our party became quite nauseous. But to see both the animals in their natural habitat and to see how excited the kids – wow!
Looking back on my experiences, I cannot believe I was able to capture such close-ups. If one sees “the Big Five,” (rhino, elephant, lion, leopard and cape buffalo), they are fortunate indeed. But we saw so much more, including a sea of pink flamingos! Not easy to differentiate. I just saw a thin line of pink though there were hundreds, maybe even thousands. By that time, my eyesight was really diminishing.
When I see or hear of trophy hunters standing next to their pray, it just kills me inside. To kill an animal with a big gun is not a conquest in my eyes. It’s cowardly, and against nature. It’s not survival. It’s just showing off at the expense of a beautiful natural life form and the rhythm of the jungle
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