Photo of the Day: Parade
Photos of the Day: Adding a bit of light to the darkness as we get through the pandemic together.
This series features travel photos from my archives, shared with you as we shelter in place.
May 5th, 2020
Today we go a little deeper into Sri Lanka, to Yala National Park on the southeast coast. The variety of wildlife here is astonishing – from large animals including elephants, leopards, crocodiles and water buffalo; to deer, jackals and sloth bears; to diverse bird life including hornbills, kingfishers, flamingos and even the Ceylon junglefowl. We saw all of these animals and birds in the span of four days at the park – a safari experience I’ll never forget. The elephant parade shown above was enjoying the waterhole as we drove by one afternoon.
One interesting fact we learned from the rangers: When the tsunami hit in 2004, forty-seven people at the park were killed but not a single animal was lost in the waves that came ashore (which caused significant damage to Yala as well as other coastal locations we visited, still visible when we were there in 2013). On some level, the wildlife knew danger was afoot and moved inland accordingly. We share this world with incredible beings far more attuned to the earth than we are.