We’re out looking for elephants for the One Word Photo Challenge set for us by Jennifer Nichole Wells. They’re not easy to find these days, at least not in our neck of the woods. I can’t remember the last time I saw a real live elephant. There hasn’t been one at Brookfield Zoo in who knows how long, although when I spoke to someone who works there, last year, she did say that they were hoping eventually to bring them back to the zoo if and when funds permit.
One of the last elephants to reside at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois. I can still remember going for elephant rides at the London Zoo when I was a kid and watching the elephants at the circus, neither of which you can do now, which in some respects, especially from the viewpoint of the elephants, is a good thing. I don’t think I’ll ever be lucky enough to see elephants in their natural surroundings.
Instead, I must look elsewhere for suitable images, such as these beautifully carved elephant heads at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Bartlett, Illinois.
And this statue of an elephant in Irwin Gardens, Columbus, Indiana.
Jennifer has chosen ‘elder’ as the subject for this week’s One Word Photo Challenge. Merriam-Webster’s definition of the noun elder is ‘One having authority by virtue of age and experience’ and, according to Wikipedia, American Indian elders are revered as repositories of cultural and philosophical knowledge. With extraordinary grace, energy and pride, these members of the American Indian Community have set a fine example by keeping their culture alive and meaningful for a new generation.
When I saw the subject for Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge this week I couldn’t resist rummaging through the photo files to see if I could come up with something. The topic is Cow and apparently I’ve taken pictures of quite a few over the years.
The cows coming home at historic Wheeler Farm in Salt Lake City.
The grass is always greener……. just don’t get your head stuck trying to get through to the other side of the fence.
Taking it easy and enjoying the sun at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg.
A close encounter at Old World Wisconsin.
Where else would you expect to see a cow climbing up the wall but in Chicago.