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:
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.
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.
One more look at humanity.
Some of my favorite shots of the youngins in New Delhi.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~~ Stacia Tauscher
Through the eyes of a child you will see the world just as it ought to be.
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