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Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

I had this posted and I guess I took it down when nobody looked at it! I've reposted it as a complement to the delightful awkward giraffe photo that Ian Stehbens has just posted. My family and I speculated that this giraffe was particularly awkward because she was pregnant.

Tom Lussier Photogra… on January 18, 2008

It's gotta be tough getting a drink when you are of such proportions. :) This is a great shot with wonderful details such as the dung contrasting to the grey dirt. Well done. Tom

Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

Thanks, Tom. I've read that the gestation period for a giraffe is between 14 and 15 months. Poor mommy giraffe!! Marilyn

matkustava_kissa on January 18, 2008

it's a very nice photo! i especially like the colour and the reflection of the pond.

Lilypon on January 18, 2008

:D It was the colours of the pond that first attracted my eye (and then it became secondary when I clicked and saw those long necked fellows). Fantastic capture! I can't remember ever seeing (on t.v.;) a giraffe looking that awkward before.

© Kojak on January 19, 2008

Also a place I have to visit! Greetings from Bavaria!

Lecleire Jacques on January 19, 2008

Marilyn , it is a very beautiful picture.

Greetings, Jacques

Wim de Vries on January 19, 2008

Very nice photo Marilyn, we like giraffes, i've posted only one, which we have seen in the Kruger Park. Giraffes have a majestic way of walking ;-) Greetings from Bonn, Wim

Palmina Moore on January 19, 2008

Great shot Marilyn Don't you feel sorry for them that they have to bend their legs like this to get a drink? You would think after all these years, evolution would have sorted out some kind of hydraulics for them!


May M. B. (Swissmay) on January 19, 2008

Great photo, Marilyn! It must be an exciting experiment to meet the girafes like this.

My best wishes, May

Marilyn Whiteley on January 19, 2008

Thanks, all of you, for your comments (and for sympathy with the giraffe)! Namibia is a wonderful African destination with many attractions besides the obvious wildlife. (You can get some impression of them by checking my Namibia tag.) It is also an easy place to visit for German-speaking as well as English-speaking travelers. If you are dreaming about a trip to Africa, I recommend that you consider Namibia. No, I have no connection with the tourist board! I am fortunate to have been there two times for two weeks each in the '90s when my husband was participating in a project, and for three weeks in 2006, strictly as a tourist.

©junebug on January 19, 2008

What a beautiful photo, Marilyn and what a great experience to see these majestic animals in their natural habitat! Greetings, Anne

Marilyn Whiteley on January 19, 2008

Thanks, Anne. It was a great experience. The only requirement is that you not get out of your car: not all the animals are as peaceable as these giraffes, and also they want to be sure that humans don't harm the animals. It can be more crowded, but when we were there, ours was most often the only car at each waterhole, and so we could park to get the best angle, and you may roll down the windows. Greetings, Marilyn

©junebug on January 19, 2008

That really sounds great, Marilyn! It's so different from seeing animals in a zoo. A zoo is like a prison for wild animals who are used to endless space! Greetings, Anne

Antonio Andrade on January 20, 2008

Beautifull... greetings from Brazil

Marilyn Whiteley on January 20, 2008

Thanks, Antonio. I'm glad you like it. Greetings from Canada.

Hank Waxman on January 21, 2008

Hi Marilyn. I've been away. I love the juxtaposition of these raw African-nature shots with the anything-but-untouched-by-man pictures of your New Jersey factories. Did you need a break?


Marilyn Whiteley on January 21, 2008

Welcome back, Hank. My break was unplanned, but if felt so good that I extended it. I saw Ian Stehbens's well composed shot of an awkward giraffe in a zoo, and I remembered that I had a picture of an awkward giraffe drinking rather than eating. But when I looked, it wasn't on Panoramio! Then I realized that it was one of a number I'd posted early on and deleted when nobody looked at them. So I reposted it, and after I replaced one of the industrial pictures with another that I like better, I decided to add three more from the vast storehouse of my computer's photo album. I still have some good unposted industrial shots, but I think I've put up enough.

There's something else I may do, however. On Photochain I added a picture of the memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. When I mapped it, I discovered that there were no others of that New Delhi location. The one I posted is the last of a sequence of four, and I may post the others next week, marking the 60th anniversary of that event on the 30th. For many locations, there are so many pictures on Panoramio. I wonder whether I have any other shots of noteworthy but un- or under-represented places. Marilyn

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  • Uploaded on January 18, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2006/06/13 08:35:07
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