Reconnecting

“The only thing we really have is now. Widen our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
                                                                                             Albert Einstein

We all belong somewhere, where we consider to be home. Our culture, tradition and languages diversity are very important are the same to biodiversity.

Since I returned home for a break, I had to re-experience life here. Due to my new knowledge and perspective, I have different viewpoint. Since I have realized that my personal journey for searching for whom  I’m It Doesn’t end there, but the the journey continues as I continue to find the reasons and connection to things and environment.

I thought the cultural ties would be the strongest and most significant after experiencing different cultures and understanding them at a basic level, but I think in general we are all moving towards a global village where your culture remains to be something of certain importance as life leads those who are willing to its complexity. Back in my village I see how culture brought my folks a long way but for my generation it is something of less importance. During the colonial together with religions deny this important aspect  In other words, to day we are trying to combine the  remnant and adopted to form new cultures as we move on.

I discovered that the simple things such as smells, sounds, language, certain way of life, sights of places are the things which have been the most haunting. I am not sure if it is because it’s the ‘mother culture’ or because of my deep roots, but the things I have found out is; they bring out strongly appealing feelings.

Back into the wild…
A twenty minutes cycle from my house leaves me out of fast growing urban life. Here, it is not so much deep in the wild, but people still live among a balance with other living things.  Birds are in abundance and the density is still high because they are beneath other living things. To successfully birding, I have to be in their respective  areas early as sunrise. I start my old routine in the foothills of Mount Meru. In the mixed crop fields, riverine forests, patches of bushes and river dams for water distribution, there is striking variation of birds species.

In the calm and calming forests, there are birds chatting and their calls are quite audible. A Tropical Boubou female calls to communicate with a male in the deep echo melodies which has about six variations. This kind of call gives this bird nickname of ‘bottle bird’. Other fascinating musical bird is the Robin-Chat. This bird is like an orchestra with several melodies in perfect tune and sometimes can even imitate calls from other birds. At the top of tall trees are Cuckoos, Orioles, Eagles, Drongos, and Hornbills–all contributing their unique calls to the symphony.

The most amazing thing is the variation of colors on these small, but unique creatures. Tropical Boubou with its shining white and and black patching against green or dry bush is quite a sight for this secretive bird.  Most of musical birds have a variation of color. I am starting to wonder what the connection is between color and music? But also there are other birds like the Saddle Billed Stork, which is very colorful, but not musical.  

In the dams I spent time sitting down trying to fit in this world watching and counting how many minutes Grabes spend under water before coming up again. Cormorants organize themselves into group for more effective fishing. Solitary Heron have to be patient to wait for unlucky fish of other invertebrate. Humerkops are restless, but giant Kingfisher is noisy and interrupts the calmness. Kingfishers rest on the branches overhang in the river after their morning fishing.

Three to four hours of walking and birding I end up with fifty species, this event isn’t only birds. There is deep, persistent call, almost like metal scratching, from a Cicadas. Before it gets to the point of annoying my brain gets used to it. It is the rainy season and flowers are blooming and producing an amazingly fragment smell.

I also had chance to go deep into parks, it rain season now most herbivores enjoy green pastures likewise predators. Wildebeest after caving now they’re all over Serengeti and Ngorongoro ecosystem eating up to save energy for their annual trek.

This is an invaluable resource, natural bounty and open lab for diversity and ecosystem is threatened with our daily activities eg. Lake Manyara which is more than half of lake Manyara National park is sedimenting due to the soil erosion caused by farming, also the salinity cause by increasing warm weather and luck of natural balance all threaten existence of this ecosystem.

Happy New Year to you all, thank you for all your support and follow-up. And most recently, thanks to TailWinds Magazine for the nice article:
(http://issuu.com/tailwindsweb/docs/tailwindswebnov-dec-2012). 

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2 Comments

  1. Posted January 10, 2013 at 2:44 am by Lily | Permalink

    Nice writing! Makes me excited to go to Tanzania.
    Are you backpacking now?

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:44 am by Elvis | Permalink

      Hey Lily!
      I backpack in the villages.

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