Saturday, November 24, 2007

The beauty of Africa

Although I consider it's people most beautiful, you can't deny the awesomeness of the African landscape.
What a wonder to behold.

I found myself transfixed by the beauty of each morning ~ the colors of the foliage, the sound of birds that wake you up every day, and more. The photo below is my view out my window at the missionary's home, in the A/G compound there. I loved to get up when the rain woke me in the middle of the night and just look out the window for a while and listen to the sounds.
I really love the Jacoranda and Acacia trees...

and the giraffes...

I came home with about 50 giraffe photos, reason being they are my favorite. I think they are so tall and graceful, and until going to Africa I had never seen one run. I had only experienced them at the zoo, where they are just standing there, or maybe walking a few steps. It was so incredible to see several of them together, running. They are still graceful, in my opinion, when they are running. I think they are such beautiful creatures.

Barb had never seen one with it's legs bent, leaning down in the water for a drink. She said, "I would love to see that and have a photo of it. In all the years I've been in Africa (30) I've never seen that or gotten a photo of it." Less than an hour later, we saw a giraffe doing just that! She had the top down in the land rover and I got up on the seat, went through the roof and snapped a few photos. What a day!

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