I live in nostalgia of the public holidays, including Christmases I spent riding in the back of open pickup trucks with siblings and friends headed to some remote river location or Mount Elgon for picnics. Untouched natural spaces filled with wildlife had barely started to compete with urbanization and for the most part were co-existing with humans.
These were regular picnics, in extra ordinary places. Trekking up to the caves of Mount Elgon in the late afternoon was always a must during our picnics. Invariably, we would see the elephants climbing up the trails into the dark of the caves at dusk where they would mine salt off the cave walls. How amazing is it to be gifted with such unique, only one in the world places, to call a special playground. http://cave-elephants.info/
And so of course I love elephants. They are my go to: paint elephants whenever inspiration is running low and it all comes back. As an adult I briefly crossed paths with the elephants again. This time at Amboseli National Park, where we operated for hire hot air balloon rides. There are many more elephants than those at Mount Elgon. They roamed our backyard with the majestic snow capped Kilimanjaro for a backdrop. http://www.kws.go.ke/amboseli-national-park