Long and slender legs need not remind you only of Gisele Bündchen or Rajiv Shyamsundar anymore. They can also mean the giraffe, and here’s a photographic tribute to show you why.
Magnificence couldn’t get any more overwhelming. The tallest mammal walks nonchalantly as the rainbow bends down and kisses the earth softly. Such (sur)reality is beauty and truth that can be seen.
The giraffe is so much of a lady without ever trying hard. No corsets, no crowns, no high heels. Just the natural yellow-orange-brown mosaic pattern of its skin. And the natural svelte and sophistication.
We wonder if the calves can ever play hide and seek! Even the baby giraffe is a giant in its own right when compared to other mammals. A giraffe can kill a lion with one blow from its foot, and as tall a tale as it seems, this adorable little one will grow up to be that animal that can even scare the king of the jungle!
When a scene like this unfolds, when the world and its beings become silhouetted against an intense saffron sky, we stop being cheeky. We simply bow in respect as the giraffe itself has, as though to the earth on which it walks with graceful grandeur.
The gentle beings stand tall against a sleeping sky. Their forms are dark but they are light in the way they move an onlooker to new joys. And the last streaks of the sunlight only add that much more poignancy to this slice of time.
Even after perching on a tree branch, the leopard is only almost meeting the giraffe’s tallness. So much for the meeting of the eyes at the eye level. Nature’s drama in Kenya, Africa can never cease to amaze and amuse us.
And the whole world comes down to this — an avian ornament on the mammalian patterned-skin. And this is how this beautifully reduced detail of the world continues to bring endless joy.
What sentient being can’t be moved by this gentle being‘s presence? Its placid disposition is always heartening. And all it does is simply what it’s best at – just giraffing!