Technical Note – in the last post I used my newly installed Video Press which requires you to click on a link and then view the video. I learned that some people missed the links, so missed the videos. In this post, I returned to uploading from You Tube because the video shows right on the page. I don’t like You Tube because the last screen is always a sort of commercial for other videos by different people which I find distracting, maybe you do also? Any preferences? Suggestions?
When Heather and I were in Etosha this past November, 2016, we were priviledged to meet a variety of grass eaters from the tiniest Steenbok to the great Wildebeest and Oryx. American poet Louise Erdich intoduces one of her poems with a quote from a Native American Medicine Woman as follows:
The antelope are strange people…they are beautiful to look at, and yet they are tricky….They appear and disappear; they are like shadows on the plains. Because of their great beauty, young men sometimes follow the antelope and are lost forever….
Are you ready to get lost among the antelopes of Etosha? Let your eyes and heart take them in. Walk softly. Keep to the shadows when you can.
The video below follows one Wildebeest among a herd. In the first frame you can see the baby wildebeest – again, it was the silence, the majestic intent of their procession across the pan which impressed us.
So I hope you have enjoyed your tiny look at Etosha’s antelopes. If your soul is still lost among these beautiful grass eaters, let it wander. Far better for your soul to be among the hooved ones, than walking a city street. Of course there are many other types of antelopes. It is my hope one day to see an Eland in person. If you have a copy of my book, God is a Lion, check out these two poems, Stars Read the Hoof Scriptures, p. 441, and Namibian Springbok, p. 444. The next post will be entitled “Silver Giants of the Desert” – now who are they? Stay tuned to see.