Sokotei …. fairing well!!!


It Is What It Is

~~April 25, 2014~~ 

Who is Sokotei?

Airlift of Cherie’s Baby, Sokotei

When Cherie of the First Ladies family in Samburu national reserve died, the Kenya Wildlife Service, Save the Elephants, Nasuulu conservancy and both Samburu and Buffalo Springs County councils all rallied to the assistance of the calf.

Although only 5 months old, Sokotei is remarkably strong. When he tried to leave his mother’s body in the night the monitoring team attempted to catch him. As they were chasing through thick salvadora (Sokotei) bush, knowing that lions were in the area, a huge rainstorm hit. After two hours skidding around in the mud, both elephant and men looked each other in the eye, panting for breath, and decided to leave it for the night.

The following morning the team managed to find Sokotei again, and after escaping the attentions of several aggressive bull elephants, succeeded in rescuing Sokotei.It was a…

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Tiny Teeny on Teeny Tiny (2 IMAGES)


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[Have fun with this one, my friends! I am continually amazed how fast this macro lens is and what I am able to create. May my amazement be yours today. Yes, I am out in my gardens today. No, this is not the “special” poem I promised you. That is still to come. ENJOY!!!! Know you are Loved by me!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

 
From out of the corner of my eye
I saw some movement on a tiny bud
oh about a half an inch in size.
 

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Song of the Open Road


 

Song of the Open Road

 

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Health, free, the world before me,

The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.

 

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,

Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms,

Strong and content I travel the open road.

 

The earth, that is sufficient,

I do not want the constellations any nearer,

I know they are very well where they are,

I know they suffice for those who belong to them.

 

(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens,

I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go,

I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them,

I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)

 

You air that serves me with breath to speak!

You objects that call from diffusion my meanings

and give them shape!

You light that wraps me and all things in delicate equable showers!

You light that wraps me and all things in delicate equable showers!

You paths worn in the irregular hollows by the roadsides!

I believe you are latent with unseen existences, you are so dear to me.

 

All seems beautiful to me,

I can repeat over to men and women, You have done such good to me

I can repeat over to men and women,

I will recruit for myself and you as I go,

I will scatter myself among men and women as I go,

I will toss a new gladness and roughness among them,

Whoever denies me it shall not trouble me,

Whoever accepts me he or she shall be blessed and shall bless me.   —excerpted from Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

 

 

Acrylic painting of courtyard in the French Quarter. Painted and copyrighted 2009

Acrylic painting of courtyard in the French Quarter. Painted and copyrighted 2009 by Barbara Mattio

 

 

 

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The Bahamas. Photograph taken and copyrighted 2013

The Bahamas. Photograph taken and copyrighted 2013

 

 

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compliments….


You have hit the nail on the head. Hugs, Barbara

Rethinking Life

kind
words
and
gestures
are
gifs
we
can
give
to
others
to
brighten
their
day
and
show
how
much
we
appreciate
them
it’s
a
small
gesture
that
has
a
big
impact
on
both
the
giver
and
the
receiver

do
those
things
often

it’s
a
lovely
way
to
create
happiness
and
spread
joy

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Bee pollen again, this time on a decandant chocolate tart


Do you enjoy honey?

Lea Hogg

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I first heard of Willie Harcourt Cooze on a Channel 4 documentary a few years ago. Willie gave up all all he had to pursue his dream and he went to South America with the hope of creating the purest cacao in the world.

As soon as the documentary finished, the unusual cylinders of pure cacao hit the shelves and they were completely gone in hours. We had to wait in suspense for the restock of Cuban, Venezuelan Black and Rio Caribe. And the day they finally arrived i drove back home fast as I could not wait to taste it. Greed is the excitement caused by the anticipation and I am greedy.

My tart today is seriously decadent. A wonderful chocolate crust brushed with local warm thyme honey encases a filling of ground hazlenuts, pure ground almonds and Cuban Cacoa from Baracoa. This is cooled down and brushed with…

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