Peekaboo!

by Benny Law November. 24, 2019 435 views

Peekaboo! I see you! - That's what comes to mind whenever I see this picture.

On one of my work trips to Kenya, my African colleague took me to his village located in a remote area outside Nairobi. It was quite an extraordinary experience on many fronts, but one of the highlights was seeing the wild giraffes roaming nearby. They seemed curious to see us, and this one was peeking straight at me through an opening in the thorny bush. I am glad it remained motionless long enough for me to take this shot.

A wild giraffe looking at me with curiosity. I just love their lush eyebrows and cute faces.

A wild giraffe looking at me with curiosity. I just love their lush eyebrows and cute faces.

I like this photo so much that I decided to create some framed art from it that I can hang on the wall in my African/safari-themed room. The end result is something that looks like the following.

My giraffe photo after undergoing some painterly transformation.

My giraffe photo after undergoing some painterly transformation.

This photo came at a price though. When I was walking around in the thorny bush trying to get closer to the giraffes, I stepped on a thorn on a fallen branch that went straight through the sole of my shoe. (You can see the big long thorns on the branches in the blurry foreground of the photo.) The painful puncture at the bottom of my foot left me limping, and I had to watch every step I took until I got out.

In the end, it was still worth it, but I learned my lesson. After I returned home, I bought a pair of good hiking shoes with stronger soles to wear on subsequent trips to Africa.

Now I am properly equipped to go into thorny bushes to play peekaboo with giraffes. Or maybe even lions. At least my feet will be safe. 😁

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Buster Bruce 12 months ago

Blue ribbon shot Benny. Who ever doesnt love Giraffe will have a hex placed on their toenails! LOL! Sorry for your thorny puncture wound!

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Benny Law Replied to Buster Bruce 12 months ago

Hahaha, that's a fair punishment.joy But it's impossible for anyone not to love giraffes. Should be love at first sight for most.

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Camellia Staab 12 months ago

Beautiful capture and a beautiful edit!

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Benny Law Replied to Camellia Staab 12 months ago

Thanks, Camellia! Much appreciated.

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Marsha 12 months ago

Haha, great shot and story! Gave you some pain but what a nice capture. Several years ago I had to learn a hard lesson, too (broken ankle), that resulted in purchase of good hiking boots for when I go out shooting. Ouch!

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Benny Law Replied to Marsha 12 months ago

Thanks, Marsha. I guess some of the best lessons in life are learned through pain. smile

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Marsha Replied to Benny Law 12 months ago

Unfortunately, I think you’re right! 🤔

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Lynn F Medley 12 months ago

Special experience,, I see the thorns now, whoa!

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Benny Law Replied to Lynn F Medley 12 months ago

Yup, pretty scary thorns. Apparently, it's a defense against the giraffes who like to graze on the leaves.

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Antonio Gil 12 months ago

Africa is unforgettable. Love the picture - so funny

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 12 months ago

Thanks, Antonio. Africa is a huge continent with lots of diversity. Fascinating place for the traveller.

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Russell Smith 1 year ago

Cool shot and an amazing memory/experience.

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Benny Law Replied to Russell Smith 1 year ago

Thanks, Russell. It truly was a memorable experience.

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