The Monkey Soccer Mom – Weekly Travel Photo

Mother and Child - Chobe Safari - Botswana

While we may differ from monkeys in more than a few ways, some things remain the same.  Young baboons are every bit as curious, rambunctious, and entertaining as human children. They also appear to be every ounce the challenge for their parents to deal with.  In this photo from Chobe National Park in northern Botswana I captured a healthy mother and her rather animated child right before he launched himself from her back and into the nearby grass for a playful romp, roll, and flop.

The mother’s mixture of vexed parent and half-ignored mode of transport reminds me vividly of the small army of soccer moms (and dads) that descended on the rich green grass fields behind my apartment back in Arizona every weekend.  The kids could often be seen half-tumbling out of the mini-van’s sliding doors moments after the vehicles came to a stop. The raised voices of vexed parents chasing after them.

Both sights brought a smile to my face.  Though I will admit that I’m ever so slightly more partial to the oversize ears and awkward tail that define a baby baboon.

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Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Love That Lasts

Exploring Beautiful Orvieto

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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