I had the pleasure of visiting the Chitwan elephant breeding center a couple of months ago and was reminded of how much elephants can produce feelings of love and warmth in me.
A couple of interesting facts about elephants are:
Elephants have the longest pregnancy of all animals at 22 months. Elephants cry, play,and laugh. Apparently they also communicate by purring. Elephants mourn their losses by touching the skulls and tusks with their trunks and feet and will pause and stay silent for several minutes when they pas the place their loved one has died. Elephants hug with their trunks. Elephants are sensitive and caring animals and when their young cry or express pain, other elephants will touch and caress it. They express grief, compassion, self-awareness as well.
It is true that this center also made me a little sad because I don’t feel that elephants are meant to be chained up. Even though the care-givers swore that these elephants were only chained up for a couple of hours a day, I still felt sad for them.
the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.
“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”
― Madeleine L’Engle
Kapadokya, Goreme, Turkey. – In the fight to choose their own religion, many escaping Christians chose to carve out shelters, houses and churches in the naturally formed canyon hills and unusual rock formations that were created by strong winds, flood waters and lava flows.
Throughout the region, these places were carved and shaped and turned into villages and religious sites.. Pretty amazing.
On top of the amazing places to hike and visit, many hotels in town have carved out rooms to sleep in and it’s all quite beautiful.
I was very recently nominated to compete in a 5 day B & W Challenge. The goal was to each day pick and post one favorite B & W photo I have taken. Anyone who knows me will absolutely not be surprised that I could not seem to focus on just one thing and therefore did not exactly follow the rules. After perusing over 300 photos I finally narrowed it down to “some” of my favorite photos. I like them so much I thought I would share (and in some cases re-share) the entire grouping here.
These photos represent only a few of my favorites from New York to India. I love them because they express everything from sadness to pure chaos. There is just something about a black and white that is timeless and beautiful. I hope you enjoy.