The Intersection

i-6e8fcb37be93b938aa8dcb1395d79c4e-Sheril 010.jpgThe Baobab in Messina ProefPlaas: I sat under a great baobab at dawn and shared with him stories of humanity since agriculture began. I spoke of our music, art, literature and the great discoveries and conflicts of modern times. He stood unmoved for a long while. Then laughed at me whispering, ‘I’ve been watching your species for 2,500 years from this very spot. Tell me young one, with all your people rush to achieve, which of us will see the next millenium?’ Unsure of the answer, I could only laugh as well.

[More pictures from South Africa after the jump]

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The Giraffe at Nylsvlei wandered into the photograph.

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Ek Kyk Voels: I Watch Birds (Afrikaans).

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A Family on the Savannah.

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Our Cousins of Doorndraai.

Comments

  1. #1 Barry
    June 28, 2007

    Nice!

  2. #2 Fred Bortz
    June 28, 2007

    Thanks! I needed that.

    Dark Tent is depressing me by being so right about so many things:

    http://scienceblogs.com/intersection/2007/06/linkorama_from_harpers_to_tree.php#comment-481349

  3. #3 Linda
    June 28, 2007

    Your picture tour is fantastic, and you beautifully make it come alive… Karpe Diem young one…

  4. #4 jen
    June 28, 2007

    thanks for taking us with you on your journey. what a good reminder of how small we are and how wise the world around us is. i wish i could be eight with you and go hunting for beetles and monkeys and crayons.

  5. #5 coturnix
    June 28, 2007

    Beautiful!

  6. #6 Dano
    June 29, 2007

    I’ve been laughed at by bristlecones, sequoia and redwoods for the same thing. I’ve never tried talking to a tree who watched us evolve. Thank you for the vicarious thrill.

    Best,

    D

  7. #7 Carl Manaster
    July 1, 2007

    That’s a Tilley, isn’t it?

  8. #8 Sheril Kirshenbaum
    July 1, 2007

    Carl, Indeed, it is. The Tilly booklet that comes inside the hat claims it makes fast friends of owners who recognize them on one other. We ought to write the company to verify it’s true :)

  9. #9 Eric Guldemond
    July 2, 2007

    Hi Sheril,

    Great meeting you the other night :)
    It’s awesome to read your posts on our beautiful country.
    I’m definitely going to keep returning to this site
    and follow your progress.

    Stunning pics – especially the “Olifant” ;-)

    Eric.

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