In geology, a rift is a tearing apart of the earth’s surface due to tectonic activity. Here are two photos of a rift, a physical tear in the earth, along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, where the North American and Eurasian Plates are moving apart. We visited and talked about Þingvellir in Out in the Cold. If you’ll remind me, I’ll excerpt that portion of the book in a separate post.
There have been dramatic happenings in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley over the last several days. Last week, the split you can see in the reports below wasn’t there:
Hard to believe, but true. Consider:
The littlest guy pokes his head up from the nest. Staying close to mom.
This guy’s brave enough to stand up all by himself.
And the whole clan.
From the Mara North Conservancy, Kenya, just at dusk one afternoon. Click ’em to make ’em bigger. And there are lots more wildlife photos at Earthphotos.com.
Anytime is a good time for wildlife photos. Enjoy these photos from our last two visits to Kenya. They’re a lot better when they’re bigger. Click to enlarge them.
Have some fun this weekend.
Cheetah at sunrise
Wildebeest crossing. Note the giraffe way in the back checking out what’s coming.
Hyena on a kill
Death of a wildebeest in two photos
Look at the size of that guy’s tail!
Cheetah family on the lookout
I wouldn’t go in there right now if I were you
Elephant family with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background
These photos came from two trips to Kenya, in 2015 and 2016. Most of them came from our stays in Tortilis Camp or Ol Tukai Lodge in Amobesli, or in the Masaai Mara, Kicheche Mara Camp in the North Mara Conservancy or Governor’s Il Moran Camp. If you ever plan a trip to Amboseli please be in touch. I’ve got a great guide for you.
And there are more photos from Kenya at EarthPhotos.com. Next week we’ll try to post some Africa travel writing.
Got time to buy me a cup of coffee?
This photo is from Amboseli, a park in Kenya famous for elephants, that my wife and I got into a groove of visiting a few times a few years ago. This is one of my favorite pictures, two friends greeting one another, querying each other, displaying obvious good will, emotions like humans.
I commend to you the author Carl Safina whose insights about animal minds are essential. See my posts Do Animals Think? and Elephants Display Emotion Just Like You Do for links to his work.
Just now, we’re all up in ourselves here in the United States about the eclipse next Monday. Our country closes up over myopic media-driven obsessions, the eclipse for one thing and this week, for another, Trump/Charlottesville, topped today with a side of possibly Islam-tinged terror in Barcelona (cable channels can never leave ‘possibly Islamic-tinged’ alone). Sometimes it’s hard to hear from our mass media about much anything else in the world beyond our country.
Sad and evil things happen out there. From the African continent this week, where dedicated people are fighting the good fight on behalf of the non-human world, here are two:
Leading elephant conservationist shot dead in Tanzania
Three wildlife rangers killed in attack by violent militia in DRC/
Best of luck to Kenyans for a violence-free election today. Here are live updates from a Ugandan website. Here is some very thumbnail background on the issues. For a much richer portrait read Michela Wrong’s book It’s Our Turn to Eat.
Worth getting up early for. Cheetah at sunrise, Mara North Conservancy, Kenya.