Something You Don’t See Every Day

Africa is exotic and strange.

Over the five weeks we’ve been here I’ve grown accustomed to things I’d never see at home in California.

This is Bucket List stuff I’m now taking for granted.
So I thought I’d share a few of them with you and in the process maybe remind myself of how unique they are.

Elephants at the watering hole in Mole National Park.  A Pachyderm version of circling the wagons.

Elephants at the watering hole in Mole National Park. A Pachyderm version of circling the wagons.

Definitely worth the two day search through the park.

One of two elephants we discovered at a water hole in Mole National Park.

One of two elephants we discovered at a water hole in Mole National Park.

 

Bent trees are the handy work of elephants.  When they can't reach the leaves they just push the tree over.

Bent trees are the handy work of elephants. When they can’t reach the leaves they just push the tree over to bring the good stuff within reach.

I kept hearing the lyrics from the Jungle book song about the elephants:
By the ranks or single file
Over every jungle mile
Oh we stamp and crush
Through the underbrush
In a military style!
In a military style!

http://youtu.be/PrQQZuLru9s

Blonde Camels along the road from Bilisinga, Ghana

Blonde Camels along the road from Bilisinga, Ghana

These camels are not only blonde, but taller and thinner than their Middle Eastern relatives.

Encountering elephants in their natural habitat was worth the two days of searching for them, and the camels were waiting to surprise us as we came around a bend, but I found this shot of a donkey walking along the road all alone pulling his cart very touching.

A Day in the Life of a Donkey

A Day in the Life of a Donkey

 

I saw several more in the following days.
Near this road is a reservoir and a wooded area and the carts loaded with these two staples of African village life are common sites along the way, but most are accompanied by young boys.

This solitary donkey seemed to represent faithfulness and diligence.

I know it’s more about repetition and routine, but when I look at his face I see serenity and quiet acceptance there.
The story of Balaam and his donkey was my favorite childhood Bible story.
So yeah, I might be romanticizing this creature a little bit.
I like to think this one would have a good story to tell if only we had time to go for coffee.

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6 Comments on “Something You Don’t See Every Day

  1. Great Kel… I wondered if the story about Balaam was told to you by Grandma>
    Keep up the good work
    Carole.

    • I used to read it in her big Bible that had full page color images!
      After he beats her, the donkey asks Balaam, “Have I ever acted like this before?” That was my favorite part. She’s asking him questions!!!!!
      This donkey’s master obviously trusts him to complete a task on his own.
      He’s proved himself worthy of the trust.

      Now that’s an example for every believer.

  2. Such a dichotomy of the guys on camel and the power lines in the background!
    Wow! You should write a book about your adventures 🙂

    • The government has a program that’s bringing electricity to every village with 500 residents. The problem is that they burn the roadside brush to make way for their cattle, and accidentally burn down the power poles. Educating them and changing their ‘old ways’ takes time.

  3. I look forward to your return and hearing more…over coffee, of course. 🙂

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