Thursday, October 01, 2009
Skywatching with Goats - from Esther Garvi aka Ishtar's Ark
One of my favorite blogs originates in Niger. It's written by a young woman who manages the Eden Foundation. Not only is her writing simple and wonderful, her photography blows me away. Photos of what? Solar cooking, indigenous plants and foods, puppies, horses, goats, children, life in Niger, visits to Sweden. Today's post, Skywatching with Goats is a perfect example. The photos of Nigerien sunsets with goats silhouetted against the bright twilight are bittersweet. All of EGAIA's fans have had goats on our minds these days, and one goat, Allis, in particular. Today's pictures show Allis on her feet and moving around. Happy news! Earlier this week, Allis gave birth prematurely to two twins, one of whom was stillborn. The survivor, Alfonso, was a beautiful blue-eyed heartbreaker of a kid, but with Allis totally exhausted and unable to nurse him, he died, too. And the most recent other photo of Allis showed her looking like a goner. But she's better. And Niger's sunsets are without parallel. Thank you, Esther, Anette, Tabita, Arne, Allis, Esmeralda, Sahara and Kalahari, Sheba and the seven, for sharing your rich life.