Stunning Photos of Photographers’ Daughter with Animals

Many of you have probably already seen these amazing pictures…but even if you have, they are worth a second look.  The pictures were taken in Nambia, Africa by French nature photographers who decided to raise their daughter, Tippi, alongside the native people and animals of the land.

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Tippi: My Book of Africa is a book chronicling Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre first ten years of life as she was raised in the African bush.  She lived in a tent with her two parents…but had the freedom to roam among nature and animals.  She was therefore always at ease with animals; she had no fear.

Not only are the pictures visually stunning, but they also make you ponder how differently lives are led across the globe.  Makes you wonder if we really need all this “stuff” to be happy (says the girl typing on her brand new Mac Book Pro.)   Makes you realize how natural our relationship with animals can be…if we are raised to believe it should be so.

If anything they are simply beautiful shots to please your eye and get you going this Monday morning,  Enjoy!

 

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See the more information and many more beautiful pictures here or here.

Today is World Elephant Day

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For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with elephants.  I love them.  Elephants are the only thing I collect…I have statues and carvings, tables with elephants as the base, and more than a few pieces of elephant jewelry.  I’ve always loved their size and strength…especially after I learned what social animals they are.  Their “family” structure is amazing.  They mourn their dead. They have incredible intellect and memory.  (“An elephant never forgets.”)  We can see them show signs of happiness, anger, playfulness, and grief.

WED_symbol_official_text_2-sm1-150x150And they are STILL being slaughtered for their tusks.  STILL being mistreated in captivity.  STILL on the brink of extinction.

World Elephant Day just started last year, but it is something every animal love should support.  Surprisingly, they aren’t asking for monetary contributions (seriously, check out their website)…they just want you to be educated on all the threats they face.  Heck, they’ll be happy if you’d just take a moment or two to get educated on elephants themselves.  Then post something on your Facebook…Tweet about it…blog about it…heck, good-ol’-fashioned TALK about it.  Even better – talk to a child about it!

We MUST save this species…and we have to start somewhere.

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