August 19, 2010

tarangire, part 2

With a memory of yesterday, so warm and wonderful, I underdressed for the chill of the morning drive... but I had not a complaint in the world, as the overcast morning was laden with surprises to unfold.   Cam and Bob rode in a different vehicle, and it was fun to catch a glimpse of them now and again through the dust... and maybe blow a kiss or two as we passed.

The first hour was quiet... and so still. Bumping around the bend in the road, we found ourselves overlooking the river, and my breath was taken away... yet again. I cannot get over the magnitude of this place... and I know that this vastness cannot possibly be captured on film. So I look, and pray... to always remember the greatness.

And while I was still reeling from the view... elephants appeared along the path. I may have snapped the shutter a thousand times, but made sure to just watch them, too. To stand in awe of God's creation, and the small space between them and me. And this little one, about two weeks old? How could I not fall in love?

Much later in the ride... we came across a road block of vehicles, which, when you are out on safari, means that there is something incredible to see. Eyes in motion, looking for a prize... and there she was. A leopard, hunting in the rocks.
 To see this beautiful creature in motion was a gift... and oh my girl, lover of all cats, was in her glory. We watched the leopard stalk and miss, sun herself and then pounce off out of sight. All I could do was rest my face next to Laura's and whisper words of love. And thankfulness.



Anonymous said...

oh, the little elephant! I love elephants! So cute! :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

What an absolutely amazing adventure...I just can't imagine.

dawn said...

I love the way you ended this post...with that moment with Laura.

If we were there, my daughter's moment would have been the elephants. She LOVES them. She squealed when I showed her your baby elephant pic. It is awesome.

Kat said...

Awwwwww! Wook at dat wittle baby elephant! He's sooooo cuuuuuuute!

So glad you're back! :)

Richella Parham said...

I love that baby elephant! Oh my goodness!! I am not fascinated by every wild creature. . . monkeys, for instance, kind of give me the heebie-jeebies. . . but elephants I LOVE. And that one is precious!

Cool for you to be a vehicle away from Eric and Cam, able to observe them from a distance--but I sure am glad you were right there with Laura for this ride!

Jen said...

Baby probably thought your jeep was its mommy. :)
Awesome pictures and thoughts Dawn. Love it.

tracie @ {tsj} photography said...

love these photos! and i love living this experience through you ... it's just beautiful. and i so relate with those moments of wanting to drink it all in, knowing photos aren't going to do justice of the real memory!!

i hope you keep sharing ... i want more!!!

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