Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Nature of Things

I was always envied those children who were raised in the wilderness. True, their growth is stunted, their language skills are severely impaired, and their hygiene makes integration into civilized society challenging. But, being surrounded by nature (rather than drywall) and learning real survival skills (rather than magic tricks in excel) has some serious appeal.

My safari in the Masai Mara began with a flight from Nairobi, over the rift, and to the middle...an episode of Nature of Things.

Elephants!

 Zebras!
 Bush People!
 Lions

Giraffes
Hippos
 Wildabeast
 F'n cool ants that make some kind of ant superhighway
I found out that one of my friends sold ants on ebay to fund his undergraduate explanation. He seemed to know more about ants than anyone I've ever met. But, even this was new to him!

Seriously, I've seen enough of these documentaries to know better, but I was shocked by the sheer quantity of awesome animals in this park. Anyone who thinks that they are getting the full story by watching this stuff on tv is missing out. Getting out to discover the nature of things for myself was definitely worth the trip!

2 Comments:

Blogger Emma said...

Um...wait. Is that one guy _levitating_?! That's a pretty good reason to be raised in the bush... (get it? raised?)

November 17, 2010 at 3:16:00 AM MST  
Blogger tori said...

HA! It would be. But they also drink blood, sometimes directly from the cow's neck. I'm not sure that I'm ready for that trade off. I can pass along your email address to them though.

November 23, 2010 at 2:30:00 AM MST  

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