Cheetahs (mom and two juvenile cubs) in the Serengeti. Photo taken by rjzimmerman in March 2006.
I just posted a few photos from one of our trips to Tanzania. When I read about the slaughter of elephants and rhinos and lions in Tanzania, I’m upset and angry. The local people we met, from the Massai and the Chagga tribes, cherished their wildlife and the land. What changed? I’ve read governmental corruption. The expansion of the terrorist groups from Somalia into Kenya and Tanzania for the sole purpose of poaching, to fund their terrorist operations. The insatiable demand in China for ivory chopsticks. Poverty is a problem in Tanzania. The people can’t eat scenery and landscapes, so they turn to criminal poaching.
Regardless of the causes, I hope things settle down and the animals and the people and the land can resume harmony and balance.
We drove down into the Ngorongro Crater for the day. This was a view of a batch of trees (Acacia species). Baboons were hanging out in the min-forest. Photo taken by rjzimmerman in March 2006.
Two views to the west over Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. The crater wasn’t the result of a meteor or other visitor from space, but the explosion of a volcano. It’s a caldera.
The bottom photo recalls an odd story. One of three young cattle herders from the Massai tribe threw a spear at us, and had it not been for the strut on the front of the jeep, which halted the forward progress of the spear, I would have had a spear through my eyeball. Our driver, from the Chagga tribe, was pissed.
Regardless, the scenery was stunning.
Photos taken by rjzimmerman in March 2006.
Photo I took in February 2006 in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. A group of elephants getting shade from the mid-day sun under a Baobob Tree. Photo taken by rjzimmerman February 2006.
Hot Air Balloon Ride (I was in one, and there’s the other!) in the Serengeti in March 2006. Photo taken by rjzimmerman in March 2006.
One of my vulture photos, taken in the Serengeti on March 1, 2006. Photo taken by rjzimmerman on March 1, 2006.
While in the Serengeti in 2006, we rounded a curve in the dirt road, and bumped into these two amorous lions. Serious invasion of lion privacy.
Photos taken by rjzimmerman in the Serengeti, Tanzania, on March 1, 2006.
2. Neil Young’s classic protest song destroyed American censorship.
While many were at a loss for words after four unarmed Kent State University students were shot to death by the Ohio National Guard on May 4, 1970, for protesting Richard Nixon’s Cambodian Campaign, one rock group composed a song that forever shaped our understanding of the events. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s “Ohio” was quickly banned on local radio stations by Ohio Gov. James Rhodes, which only served to increase the song’s popularity, launching it to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
If there’s one way to make sure something is popular in America, make it forbidden.
What’s that grandma saying……the more things change, the more they stay the same?