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- bio: wildwoman. nomad. truthseeker. sunsetchaser. stargazer. plantlover. moonchild. currently: kenya.
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Always look up.
Those quiet, precious moments when all you hear is a child's laughter and not another sound for miles... these are the moments I'll never forget. 😍 My connection with these kids isn't quite something that can be put into words. Our souls have absolutely collided through time and space for many, many lifetimes. Leyian and Nasirian, I love you with my whole heart. 💙
Go outside and kiss the sun. 💛
The GUILT I felt for taking these photos... Why? Because even if they create an absolutely stunning scene to capture on camera, these two beauties are being tied up and drug back and forth on the beach all day, everyday as entertainment for tourists. I'm sure this man has good intentions and is just trying to feed his family... but at the expense of the lives and freedom of two innocent beings. That sucks.
I refused his offer for a camel ride everyday, thinking, "what else can I do to help? Maybe they need water..." Obviously knowing since I was a kid that water is probably the last thing a CAMEL needs (isn't that the first... and only... thing we learn about camels - their ability to retain water?) Okay, water was a dumb idea. So, surely they just need lots of LOVE and cuddles... right? I can do that. Okay, how do I explain this to a total stranger who knows nothing of the depths of my big ol' heart and speaks a different language than me and is now too far away for me to chase down and risk looking like a crazy mzungu?
Sigh. If y'all only knew how many times a day my heart breaks.
i don't pay attention to the
it has ended for me
and began again in the morning. - @nayyirah.waheed
When Mother Nature paints the sunrise to match your mood...
I swam in this water all day. 😭
Observing the local fishermen's slow, graceful movements is one of my favorite things to do. It's quite a meditative experience, watching them be completely absorbed by an entirely different world than mine...
A few locals enjoying the shade from Daniel's manyatta on a hot, dry day in Mt. Suswa. 😊 That's Mama and Puppy on the left (Mama is in the back, and yes, I gave them those names). I haven't introduced them yet, but we're pretty much best friends. They get all the belly rubs and leftover ugali and rice, and keep me safe by chasing away the hyenas at night. Puppy is full of energy and follows me everywhere I go, even when climbing the crater. Mama just gave birth to four more puppies about a month ago (one of which didn't make it past the first day 😟). They are the sweetest!
The Maasai really don't understand how I can love these two so much because they don't domesticate their animals (this is the norm in Africa and Asia) and certainly don't view or treat them as equals. Seeing as how it's impossible for me to not share love with all animals, I've wanted to show them how joyful of an experience it is to share love and cuddles with the local dogs, cats, goats, sheep, donkeys and cattle. It's mostly worked with the kids, as they are obviously more open to it. Every time they see me rubbing Puppy's belly, they start showing him love too. It's beautiful to watch how children literally mimic our exact moves and learn so quickly, and also makes me very aware of how easily influenced and fragile kid's minds are.
Here's to seeing the value in every being and doing our best to create a more joyful existence for all. ❤
You can't or you won't?
a flower in
my heart that
only blooms for
the ones who
dare to love
me in the
the sun never
shines." - @fireflyfiphie
Gratitude is my prayer... 6:30 am, somewhere in Afrika.