This week I’m grading 150 term papers. Yup, a 150 of them. My Teaching Assistant, Peggy B, will also be grading aspects of these same papers, so you can imagine that the two of us will be, uh, a tad busy for awhile. That’s why this week’s blog is a compilation of some of my favorite photographs from trips to Africa. It has been great fun looking through my “albums” and remembering the highlights of these trips, and I’m reminded that I want to get enlargements to put on the walls at the farm house. Been meaning to do that for how many years? Here are some of my favorites:
Did I really get up close and personal with a pack of African Wild Dogs in Botswana?
Did a Lilac Breasted Roller really hover just feet from us while trying to extract a beetle from the windshield of our jeep?
Did I really get to watch giraffes walk, as if in slow motion, right beside our van?
And the lions? Oh my, the lions. Utterly fearless of us and our vans, we watched lions doing everything, from sleeping (and farting so noisily we couldn’t stop laughing) to taking down a baby zebra. Lion populations are struggling, which breaks my heart, but makes me even more grateful that Jim and I got to experience them in such an intimate way.
I’ll be checking in when I can, but forgive me for getting lost this week in my student’s term papers. There are indeed a lot of them, but they are about fascinating topics (including large versus small dairy farms, biomedical research on animals and the use of captive cetaceans in zoological parks). It will be engaging reading! Meanwhile, enjoy the photographs. I hope, if you have never been, that someday you can take some of your own.