I’m on top of the world looking down on….


I feel like I’m on top of the world. Honestly, I feel like I’ve climbed a very giant mountain, and I’m just standing right on top with my arms wide open and breathing rarified air.  Shania Twain

I have had many opportunities to climb to the top of things (or fly over if the climb is beyond my limits.  I recently took my first helicopter ride in South Africa and climbed all over Table Mountain.  I hope you enjoy.

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Daily Post Atop Challenge – Some of my favorites

Trivial Mind, Starlight, mama, OHM, At home, witty, bend, Albina, hudson , intent, jaspas, changing, geriatrix, Cees, Lago, ladylee, wonderful, thirdperson

 

Just exquisite


South Africa

Science shows us truth and beauty and fills each day with a fresh wonder of the exquisite order which governs our world. Polykarp Kusch

Exquisite animals –

I blame it on Walt Disney, where animals are given human qualities. People don’t understand that a wild animal is not something that is nice to pat. It can seriously harm you. James Cameron

Even then I could not help myself.

Exquisite views

Exquisite people places and things

Just one more best vacation ever and it will not be soon forgotten.  Happy half century on the planet to me!!!

Other exquisite posts

Dream, My Joy, Night Owl, Tiny FawnsSbdmb, Nature’s Beauty, eddaz, Emotions,  tenderness

Warmth


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.

Others warm posts:

Wordless stories of people – just some of my favorites


One thing I love about taking pictures is having the opportunity to later look back on them and try to figure out what the story might have been behind the person, the facial expression or the body language.  Here are a few of my favorite people story photos.

There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.

Lisa Ling

Humanity

Some cows and a couple men – New Delhi


Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

Henri Nouwen

One more look at humanity.