Wednesday, April 16, 2008

April 16, 2008 - Belated Easter Weekend Pictures

I have been trying to post these pictures for a few weeks now, but the internet always ruins my intentions. Today, however, the internet at the UN is fast enough to upload them - so here are belated pictures of our Easter weekend. Sorry there aren't more pictures of us, but we don't really look any different than we used to and it is more interesting to take pictures of animals than of each other! Hopefully the formatting posts correctly - sometimes blogspot gets a little crazy. Enjoy :) LMW

All around the Mt. Kenya region you can find signs like this telling you that you are on the Equator. I think it is very cool to be directly standing on that imaginary line!

This is a beautiful view of Mt. Kenya from our room at the first lodge we stayed at over Easter weekend. It doesn't look like an easy climb, does it?

Horseback riding in the forest - believe it or not the pictures from this angle came out better than from our other side!

Kristoffer was a little bit better at horseback riding than I was, but neither of us are yearning to do it again any time soon.

This is an eland, the largest antelope, which I fed at the animal orphanage we visited. I forget how long he had been at the orphanage; most animals are reintroduced into the wild but he has a bad leg and, therefore, will remain at the orphanage. There is a lot of space there and he is well cared for.

This is a Mountain Bongo - the most endangered antelope found in the central region of Kenya. They are known for their enormous, twisted horns and their white stripes. In person, this animal is quite striking.

Obviously, I am riding an enormous turtle here. I tell you, it was more comfortable than you'd think! He didn't seem to notice I was even on him because he was after the corn-on-the-cob that the guide was feeding him. Not only was he the oldest turtle (approx. 150 years) I've ever riden, but also the fastest (approx 1/2 mph - just kidding)!

These chimpanzees live in an enormous conservancy after being rescued from Burundi and Rwanda; they are not native to Kenya and this is the only place in the country to see them. They are fascinating!

This chimp looks like he is just waiting for someone to bring him a drink before settling in to watch football or something! We laughed so hard when he assumed this position; we were betting as to whether he would put his hands behind his head, but he never did. Following his rest, he start grooming a friend.

Here are two rhino we saw grazing. They are such huge really don't want to get in their way! When we were in Naivasha in December we learned that rhinos have no perifory vision - so they can only charge in a straight line. If they are coming at you, step aside and run in a different direction!

Our Easter Elephants! Our camera died while we were watching them so we don't have too many pictures, but believe me when I tell you that they were so, so beautiful. You can see part of a baby elephant behind the big one on the right.

We are so happy that we finally saw them. Now all we need to do is see some lions and we will have covered "the Big Five". I think we both felt that these elephants are the most amazing animals we have seen.


Joanna said...

Awesome pictures! My students were just talking about how monkeys/chimps/apes were their favorite kind of animal, and how humanlike the chimps' behavior is. I already copied the picture of the "lounging chimp" (as I like to call him) for their viewing pleasure. Thanks for sharing! (PS: Lis, you and that turtle are about she same size! And Kristoffer is about the same age! JK, Kristoffer, I guess you're a few decades off...) :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa!
Love the picture of you on the turtle!
miss you so much at hslaps!
AND thank you so much for the bookmark! I love it!