Friday, December 6, 2013

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Probably our favorite activity in Botswana was seeing the animals.  It could be in the Gabs Game Reserve, in Khama, or in Chobe.  On our last holiday in Africa, we traveled North for the third time, some 950 km to Chobe National Game Reserve.  We feel more at home with each trip, and we have made a lot of game drives in different locales during the last 8.5 months.
  1. Sable antelope
  2. Tsebe
  3. Leopard
  4. Side striped jackal
  5. Red Lechwe
  6. Meerkats
  7.  Lots of new birds including the white headed shrike and European and and Carmine bee eaters.

It is kinda funny, but sometimes out in the bush seeing animals, I almost weep.  I grew up in a rural area and spent a large part of my youth roaming the woods.  As an adult I still do that, I just get to do it in Alaska, Montana, New Mexico, Ontario, and Mongolia, as well as in Alabama.  There is something pure about being in the woods, or in the bush.  There are no commercials, no bill boards, no trash, just beauty.

Jesus drew apart to the wilderness.  He wanted to be alone with G^d the Father I guess.  Or maybe part of his motivation was the serenity and beauty of the bush compared to Jerusalem.

Thanks be to G^d for such a beautiful, complex, and interesting world with which He has surrounded  us.

Kinda makes me wonder just how cool heaven will be.  Sweet anticipation!

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