Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Elephants

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Over the past few years I've developed a strange adoration of elephants. I think it may have grown to fever pitch when my best friend, Sonja, sent me this photo in an email. I loved it so much that it actually made me cry...yes, I know, ridiculous, but true...sometimes I have very odd, visceral reactions to beautiful things, and this photo is just so lovely to me: the lighting, the coloring, and, of course, the subject. I think my thing with elephants has a lot to do with the fact that they are so like us that they become easy metaphorical creatures. Elephants are the only mammals that mourn like we do. This is, perhaps, where the phrase "elephants never forget" comes from, because they will literally go back and visit the bones of their lost loved ones; they even caress the bones with their trunks and wail. I read an article once about a scientist who recorded the calls between members of a herd she was studying, she went back later and played calls from elephants who had died, and the living members of the herd came rushing toward the sound. So sad, but an incredible example of the incredible capacity of an elephant's mind. The more I read about them, the more fascinated I become. You should too! Below is a great resource:

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