In the beginning Giraffe had the same length neck & legs as other antelopes.
One year there was a drought, the animals were hungry, the only grass left was bitter roots.
Giraffe & Rhino were on the veld. No grass remained, the only thing that accompanied them were dust devils which kicked up silt.
Giraffe fed up with the situation began complaining. "Look at the grass, there is nothing left, look at the trees, if only we could climb them". Rhino agreed & together they tried to reach the branches. Giraffe climbed on Rhinos back but they were too short.
The 2 were devastated. Giraffe wondered if something could be done. He turned to Rhino, maybe the Witch Doctor could help.
Rhino thought it was a brilliant idea & the 2 set off.
The Witch Doctor saw the strange pair coming across the plains. As they arrived the witch doctor greeted them before asking what he could do.
Giraffe explained that the veld was bare but tall trees taunted all of the animals from above, was there not something the doctor could do.
The reply was simple & swift, "Comeback tomorrow at midday". Rhino & Giraffe were ecstatic, of course they would return.
The following day Giraffe was waiting for Rhino, Rhino did not appear. Giraffe would not miss the chance & left alone towards the Doctors.
On his arrival he saw 2 pots full of herbs. Giraffe was told to enjoy both pots as Rhino had not appeared.
As soon as the contents hit Giraffes stomach he felt something strange. Giraffes neck & legs began to grow. A moment later Giraffe realised his eyes were level with the leaves, Witch Doctor had done a great job.
As soon as his neck & legs stopped growing Giraffe saw Rhino rampaging across the veld. He had stopped to graze on grass others had missed, he had forgotten about the time.
Rhino was enraged thinking the doctor was playing tricks when he told Rhino that no herbs remained. He saw Giraffe & wanted the same but all was gone. The Rhino charged the Doctor but he was too quick. To this day Rhino will charge people as he thinks it is the Doctor.
The Giraffe forever thankful always sprays some water after each drink hoping to help the grass grow.
The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.
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Lets take a dive into Maasai territory.
During our @25zero_ expedition in Eastern Africa, we got to spend some time in small Maasai communities. They are an amazing people that are trying to find the balance between keeping alive the traditional way of life and accepting the modern world surrounding them.
More on this story in upcoming posts.
Shot on assignment with @timjarvisam and @milesrowland for @25zero_ with the kind support of @kathmandugear and @goalzero
Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it's not because they enjoy solitude. It's because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them.
Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.
Honoré de Balzac