All Quiet In The Mara?

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This week at the Lens-Artists, Tina explores the concept of harmony. There are of course many ways of thinking about it  – physically and metaphysically, in terms of colour, music, flavours, composition, structures, relationships, (angelic choirs even). My first thought, though, was of the East African plains: harmony in the sense of the natural cycle of things; every species occupying its niche within the grasslands ecosystem; harmony with edge since eating and being eaten also come into it. This photo, taken at sundown, could also be seen as harmony – at least from the human perspective – a case of the pathetic fallacy perhaps: disparate creatures roaming and grazing peacefully together in the  wilderness idyll, all bathed in golden late-day light. On the other hand, and I am not absolutely sure about this,  but there could well be a hyena on the prowl – the tiny brownish entity, slightly dog-like, a zebra and a half in from the right, and just below the bough of the right hand thorn tree. Harmony about to be interrupted then.

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48 thoughts on “All Quiet In The Mara?

  1. Not harmony then, but balance. Predators who kill for survival rather than greed (oops, I can feel an environmental grumble coming on).
    Lovely shot Tish, and a very good take on the theme.

    1. Thanks Su.Yes that environmental grumble nearly surfaced as I was writing this – a historical one – of colonial settlers and their devastation of the East African game. We see only a fraction of the animals that they saw a hundred years ago.

  2. Calm on the surface, but frantic under the water- or is that just me swimming? 🙂 🙂 Things aren’t always what they seem, Tish, but it’s a beautiful scene.

  3. Hmmm….I think you’re right Tish, that DOES look like a hyena. They are quite the clever creatures – sneaking up on the peacefully grazing, unsuspecting other creatures. A lovely example of harmony about to be disrupted.

  4. Perfect photo and narrative for the theme, Tish. Love that late-day light. We humans could learn a lot from animals’ behaviour in the wild. I could do without the hyenas though. 😯

  5. As my dear friend Mary used to tell me when she was fighting cancer “‘Enjoy the moments and pursue your dreams while you are able”. Harmony is blissful but fleeting. Lovely image.

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