While watching a small pride of young lion and lionesses relax in Chobe National Park, Botswana we were treated to an entertaining sight. The ordinarily confident lions were brought to their feet and startled out of their lazy late afternoon naps when an ambling group of Elephants accidentally wandered into their midst. While the elephants were somewhat alarmed and surprised it was the lions which found themselves giving way. After a short, undignified sprint, the lions seemed to notice that we were all watching, slowed to a controlled amble and then plopped back down into the grass. But, not before changing direction so that they could keep a close, if casual, eye on the elephants.
I recently had the opportunity to spend an afternoon in the stunning hilltop city of Orvieto in the heart of Italy’s Umbria region. Located in the province of Terni, Orvieto rests atop a natural rock mesa with imposing cliffs on all sides. It is, for lack of a better word, a fortress city. Over the years this natural advantage allowed the city to thrive and serve as a regional powerhouse that has played a significant role in Italy’s history. The city is home to wonderful picturesque streets that seem created explicitly for movies and postcards showcasing stereotypical Italy.
As we walked the city shortly before dusk, I managed to catch this couple as they walked down a side street. Though not easy to see in the photo, they were swaying in sync as they walked. While I can only guess as to their relationship and back-story, I like to think that after a lifetime of walking together, they’ve become so connected that the sway in their steps now lines up perfectly.
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