From Color to Black and White


The colors of nature never cease to amaze. From the bright pink of a beautiful flamingo, to the subdued black and white of a zebra. How I wish I was as good of an artist as Mother Nature is.


“I asked the Zebra,
are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me,
Are you good with bad habits?
Or are you bad with good habits?
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times?
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days?
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on and on and on he went.
I’ll never ask a zebra about stripes…again.”

― Shel Silverstein

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  1. I think you do great justice to Mother Nature and her beautiful artistry. Surely she admires your art and how you honor her, these photos are no exception. Flamingos and Zebras are almost too much to grasp as reality. I visited Namibia years ago and had the great privilege of seeing the latter wild in Etosha National Park. Somewhere I might still have the picture of a young foal (is that appropriate for Zebras?) in the middle of one of the roads through the park. I say might because this year I discovered the hard drive all my photos were on from that trip is corrupt as are the CDs I copied them onto…yup…depression right there… But I’m glad to at least ever had the opportunity. Anywho, I appreciate your decision to treat the Zebra in black and white too, very elegant, classy.

    Glad to have seen these. And of course the poem is perfect. 😉

    • Oh No ! Say it isn’t so ! Say you’re able to retrieve those images from that trip. Surely some geek guru can salvage them for you. I know there is DriveSavers in California that might be able to help.

      I’ve got a trip planned for 2016 to Tanzania – I’m ready for some serious wildlife photography.

      thank you so much for your generous compliment on these pics.

      • Maybe I’ll have to look into them. I can’t tell you – well I don’t think I have to – how I felt upon realizing such a tragedy. So, so many pictures… in fact we stopped at a watering hole where two lions decided to mate…some creatures are into that sort of thing… I think I still have some of those pics because I also had a disposable with me in case my battery died, ran out of room, or something along those lines with regard to my digital.

        2016 will surely bring good pics for you! I got pics of Zebras, Giraffes, many of Cheetahs including a video of them chasing us in the truck while we tossed food (at the facility I was volunteering for), Water Buffalo, Ostrich from a distance, Pied Ravens (not sure that’s correct), Warthogs, Kudu…and more…it was a magical experience for sure.

        You’re absolutely welcome, it’s really my pleasure. 😉

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