“God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. Embody me. Flare up like a flame and make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me. Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand.” -Rainer Maria ...
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I know, you never intended to be in this world. But you’re in it all the same. So why not get started immediately. I mean, belonging to it. There is so much to admire, to weep over. ~Mary Oliver Like this guy. The Saddle-billed Stork, photographed in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, a few days ago. The yellow frontal shield, called the “saddle," at the upper end of the bill, gives this beautiful stork its name. This is a male, as he has dark brown eyes. the females have yellow eyes. --
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Can this Dung Beetle get more likes than a Lion or a Serval cat? Probably not. But this little guy doesn’t care. He’s got more important sh&% to concern himself with. The truth is, he and his kind are just as important to the ecosystem, as those charismatic mammals with the golden locks. These insects burrow in dung, eat it, lay their eggs in it, and generally get rid of it before it creates a problem. By burying and consuming dung, they improve nutrient recycling and soil structure. They also play a critical role in the dispersal of seeds ...
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“Be reckless when it comes to affairs of the heart. What I really mean … is be passionate, fall madly in love with life. Be passionate about some part of the natural and/or human worlds and take risks on its behalf, no matter how vulnerable they make you. No one ever died saying, “I’m sure glad for the self-centered, self-serving and self-protective life I lived.” -Parker Palmer Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. May we all take this wisdom to heart and extend love and compassion to all living creatures everywhere. And fight like hell for those we hold dearest. ...
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"Come, see the true flowers of this pained world." ~Matsuo Bashō Portrait of a Serval kitten at dusk in the Serengeti, Tanzania.
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"I return to the wilderness to remember what I have forgotten, that the world can be wholesome and beautiful, that the harmony and integrity of ecosystems at peace is a mirror to what we have lost." ~Terry Tempest Williams. Lion in the Serengeti, Tanzania a few days ago. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be in true wilderness these last couple weeks.
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A once-in-a-lifetime encounter -- courting Serval cats in the Serengeti a couple days ago. Such a thrill to watch their dance. See the heart shape? 😻
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First light on Secretary Birds at their nest atop an acacia tree in the Serengeti, Tanzania. Their nest is made up of a huge bundle of sticks similar to an eagle's eyrie--which makes sense as they are related to eagles. Just look at those beaks!
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On the last leg of our trip in Tanzania, staying on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, and will be descending into the crater at dawn tomorrow morning for our first of three visits. Today we left the Serengeti after a week of being immersed in photography and observation of cats—many lions, some with little cubs; cheetahs; courting servals; wild cats; and this leopard, that we photographed yesterday as she moved along through the grass near our jeeps. I’ve never had such a wonderful close opportunity with a leopard. I photographed her from my window, using the Nikon D850; 600mm ...
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Greater Flamingo pair photographed today on a lake in the southern Serengeti, Tanzania.
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Another lucky sighting at first light this morning, on the plains of the southern Serengeti: a young African wildcat. African wildcats (Felis silvestris lybica) are small, fierce cats that, though prevalent in much of sub-Saharan Africa, are seldom seen. They look very much like domestic cats, and for good reason—they are the ancestors of domestic cats. African wildcats were first domesticated about 10,000 years ago by Ancient Egyptians, who tamed and kept them in their granaries to reduce rat populations. African wildcats’ main prey are rodents, rabbits, birds, insects, frogs, and lizards. Apparently, the wildcat can also prey on ...
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I'm deep in Tanzania's South Serengeti for a week. A lucky and rare sighting this evening at dusk--a Serval kitten glimpsed briefly, before she slipped into the bush. Photographed with a Nikon D850, and 600mm lens. ISO 2500, F/4, 1/80 of a second.