Dichotomy in life..

Yes its a big word for me but somebody wrote to me sometime back and titled their email with it!! I think its a great word!   here I’m starting with a couple having a discussion about the colour of lake Turkana.. Sitting on the rocks above our camp on the shores of the lake!

These two baboons are deep in discussion.. What they are discussing is the colour of the Jade sea, Lake Turkana!!   October 2014… Also the recent find up at Koobi Fora of this enormous Elephant fossil, and the 4th October Global  March for Elephants!.. Dichotomys indeed..

These two baboons are deep in discussion.. What they are discussing is the colour of the Jade sea, Lake Turkana!! October 2014… Also the recent find up at Koobi Fora of this enormous Elephant fossil, and the 4th October Global March for Elephants!.. Dichotomys indeed..

The South end of Turkana as you cross the barrier, the contrast of  the rock desert and the blue /jade lake is unforgetable,

The South end of Turkana as you cross the barrier, the contrast of the rock desert and the blue /jade lake is unforgetable,

 

 

this most impressive cone on the south end of Turkana, and showing the beautiful jade in contrast

this most impressive cone on the south end of Turkana, and showing the beautiful jade in contrast

We are in Sibiloi, looking towards  central Island, but  look at the brown lake.. Its incredible.. It must be pouring with rain in Ethiopia..

We are in Sibiloi, looking towards central Island, but look at the brown lake.. Its incredible.. It must be pouring with rain in Ethiopia..

 

 

No longer the Jade sea!! One would say this is Baringo but absolutely the opposite.. Baringo in contrast because of the higher rainfal has gone crystal clear and Rudolf has gone brown!

No longer the Jade sea!! One would say this is Baringo but absolutely the opposite.. Baringo in contrast because of the higher rainfall has gone crystal clear,  Rudolf has gone brown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YES, we have been living life!! We have not stopped travelling and discovering, and these are a few more pics of this most incredible lake, and its surroundings..

Here we are cruising!!.. The contrasts in this amazing place are extraordinary!

Here we are cruising!!.. The contrasts in this amazing place are extraordinary!

Lava rocks, billions of them,  from arriving to leaving is rock, rocks rocks!!

Lava rocks, billions of them, from arriving to leaving is rock, rocks rocks!!

We met a vehicle coming up from the Suguta valley, they told there was NO WAY TO PASS because in two months the ;lake level has come up over 3 feet!! that did not fase us,  and we just built a new road.. But boy was it steep.. really steep,  but we made it from Suguta all the way to Moiti on paths!!

We met a vehicle coming up from the Suguta valley, they told there was NO WAY TO PASS because in two months the ;lake level has come up over 3 feet!! that did not fase us, and we just built a new road.. But boy was it steep.. really steep, but we made it from Suguta all the way to Moiti on small tracks!!

Incredibly friendly people all the way up the lake, in fact these girls, for abit of omo/washing soap, they helped our guys carry the washing up to the camp!

Incredibly friendly people all the way up the lake, in fact these girls, in exchange  for a bit of omo/washing soap, they helped our guys carry the washing up to the camp!

Very little wildlife along the lake, except this very very very old one discovered recently in Koobi Fora.. An enormous Elephant millions of years old.. Not a good picture but the tusks are at least 12 inches measured round, and the leg bone much more!..  so how big does this make this Elephant..

Very little wildlife along the lake, except this very very very old one discovered recently in Koobi Fora.. An enormous Elephant millions of years old.. Not a good picture but the tusks are at least 12 inches measured round, and the leg bone much more!.. so how big does this make this Elephant..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this brings me to my second dichotomy!

On the 4th of october there was a global march to bring the absolutely desperate plight of the Elephants and Rhinos, so from this incredible fossil, where he still has his amazing tusk to our milgis March in Wamba, to stop people taking the tusks off their owners!!

Pirjo who lives in Finland, half way across the world from us,  is an avid supporter of the Milgis and  wanted to join our scouts in Spirit..So here she is!!

Pirjo , in Spirit joining the global march for the Rhinos and Elephants!

Pirjo , in Spirit joining the global march for the Rhinos and Elephants!

The Milgis Elephant joined the Wamba, 4 october march and some people thought it was real!!!

The Milgis Elephant joined the Wamba, 4 october march and some people thought it was real!!!

Even this cow was wondering if it was real!!!!

Even this cow was wondering if it was real!!!!

The crowds gathered to listen to our message which was loud and clear… STOP THE POACHING… PLEASE, or this most magnificent animal will be no more..

The crowds gathered to listen to our message which was loud and clear… STOP THE POACHING… PLEASE, or this most magnificent animal will be no more..

We had many messages in Maa and English for every one to understand… this one i hope will shake the perpetrators up, and Wamba is no different from other towns in harbouring them..

We had many messages in Maa and English for every one to understand… this one i hope will shake the perpetrators up, and Wamba is no different from other towns in harbouring them..

We managed to get our hand on a loud speaker, and we had Titus our environment teacher from the Milgis School, singing his wonderful songs, and the Nairimirimo Sub-chief joining in to add his words.. hes a great speaker and pulled in the crowds!!

We managed to get our hand on a loud speaker, and we had Titus our environment teacher from the Milgis School, singing his wonderful songs, and the Nairimirimo Sub-chief joining in to add his words.. hes a great speaker and pulled in the crowds!!

And off they go, down the main street of Wamba town.. It was a great Success!!

And off they go, down the main street of Wamba town.. It was a great Success!!

We hope we made a difference.. We thank Pirjo for joining the march in Spirit… The Milgis is incredibly gratefull for all the support you give us.. From the way the the baboons look rather haunched and sad,  I think they were also discussing the situation in the world.. they were also with us in Spirit.. I don’t think they will have ever seen an Elephant, in fact when was the last live Elephant seen on the East side of Lake Turkana??.. was it recently?? any one know!! .. if so please join us in ‘the March to get them safely back’ ..   THANKS ALL…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Dichotomy in life..

  1. Hi Helen,
    Love your Milgis Journal and all the great work you do!! your trip to Rudolf looked awesome great photos! must catch up and hear about all about it.
    Love to all
    Lynda

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