Vertices~

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Some black and white.

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Others, white and black.

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Intersecting lines,
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converging, merging.
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Symbols of diversity.
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Unity.
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Hope, for a conflicted world.
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Cheers to you from South Africa’s harmonious zebras~

205 thoughts on “Vertices~

    • Yeah, big cat’s vision gets confused by the stripes. I never understood this until I took a bunch of distance shots of them in the bush. From a distance they start to blur and almost irritate your eyes. Remarkable…..

  1. Such beautiful animals!

    On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 7:32 PM, WordPress.com wrote:

    > cindy knoke posted: ” Some black and white. Others, white and black. > Intersecting lines, converging, merging. Symbols of diversity. Unity. Hope, > for a conflicted world. Cheers to you from South Africa’s harmonious > zebras~ “

  2. My great grandson wants to come and live with you because you live near those striped horses.
    I keep telling him they are zebras but he says they are horses.
    Great shots of these wonderful animals.

    • Oh how adorable. I speak kid big time and I think he is absolutely right!! Tell him there are zebras, oooops, I mean striped horses, in California. They free range up in Big Sur near Hearst’s castle……

  3. They are beautiful animals, look like a piece of fine art up close. Good choice of words describing this set of photos. Almost was looking for a hidden message, but yes, diversity, but unity, says it all about our conflicting world of values doesn’t it?

    • They are so much fun to be around. We did a walking safari amongst them. I was a tad nervous about the rhinos and cape buffalo, but the zebras were cool!

  4. They are so lovely…almost unbelievable. I understand the blurry thing…it’s the same as when someone on Tv wears a tie or a blouse that is striped and the light seems to bounce off of it in all directions…I’m thinking of the horizontal stripes that ladies avoid in clothing, and a possible cartoon where the zebra wife says to the zebra husband: “do you think this outfit makes me look fat?.”…… but
    whether it’s black on white, or white on black…it’s beautiful. Thank you, Cindy, for bringing this to us who would not see it otherwise….

    • I love seeing two zebra side by side together. The lines start to bleed into each other and you can’t really tell them apart. I love this merging aspect of zebras. As for the looking fat question, I do think black on white is probably more flattering for the figure in even bright light situations…….or is it white on black??? I get so confused about this fashion stuff……
      πŸ˜‰ 😎

  5. The beauty, the effortless elegance, . quite breathtaking… thank you Cindy, simply wonderful…whatever the Creator is, She understands beauty and perfect symmetry !!!!

    • I love you! What an awesome comment. I remember my son’s third grade teacher, being thrilled over one of his stories and pictures depicting God coming out of the heavens to smite the farmer who was going to kill Wilbur the pig in Charlotte’s Web. My son captioned the picture of God in the heavens, “She is VERY MAD!”
      Laughing…….You just brought back that memory!

  6. I see these and really, really wish I had something more than a Kodak Instamatic when I travelled through East Africa back in the 60s. πŸ™‚ Such beautiful symmetry. BTW, I’ll be taking a couple of months off starting next week, Cindy. See you in September. –Curt

    • Oh, I wish you had a better camera too. Those pictures, like your memories and stories, would be priceless now. I remember watching my grandfather’s super 8 movies of Kenya when I was a kid. What would I give to get those back. Whole ways of life have disappeared.
      I hope your going away is for good and happy reasons and wish you only the best Curt. I’ll be here when you get back.

  7. Hi Cindy: God how we’ve missed your blog and pictures. Inion & I have been blogging ghosts for the past year. Between working two jobs plus writing book 2 in our P-7 series it’s been a juggling feat. lol But we’re back in the blogosphere visiting our old haunts. (Yours first and foremost) What beautiful pics of these magnificent creatures. You really are an Artist in every sense of the word. Sharing this now so that others can enjoy the beauty. πŸ˜‰ xoxo <3 Headed off to knock around your blog and play catch up!! lol xo

    • So wonderful to hear from you two! I missed you but can well imagine how busy you have been with your awesome books, writing, interviews, publicity and all the associated tasks of being succesful authors. So jazzed you stopped by and look forward to catching up on all the new developments. Cheers and hugs and gratitude. Your visit makes me smile! <3 <3

    • Funny isn’t it. I think striped jail outfits were to make prisoners stand out, yet the zebras spots do exactly the opposite for their predators, ie., the big kitty kats.

    • Exactly! When I was a kid traveling in Mexico, they used to paint donkeys with stripes and charge tourists to take photos of them. I always felt sorry for the donkeys. Mother Nature painted these zebras!

  8. Oh how wonderful to see zebras this up-close! This brings back memories of my time at Safari West in Santa Rosa, CA. They had zebras on the premises but they kept the vehicle they drove us tourists in well away from the zebras due to zebras’ reputation of being very tough creatures who have a strong sense of territory! Thanks for bringing those memories back and more! <3 ~Lynn

    • That sounds exciting! We hiked amongst them with a park ranger. They didn’t react with any hostility, but like all wild animals we gave them space, and didn’t directly approach them. It may have to do with the fact that they were free to run away from us if we got too close, whereas the zebras you saw may have been in enclosures. Plus the most accustomed wild animals are to people, the more likely they are to react in an unpredictable manner, like lions in lion parks raised around lots of tourists.

      • Yes, you’re absolutely correct here! As I recall the situation, yes, the zebras had room to roam but Safari West is an enclosed area and see people passing by frequently. This makes so much sense!

      • It is a different experience to see animals in their environment where you are the non-local so to speak and they are the locals. It feels right to me and better.

  9. As well as being beautifully stripey, I’ve always admired their more solid frame. They look strong. Have you ever heard of people riding zebras in modern times? Wonderful pics of an animal I find fascinating to look at, Cindy.

    • They are strong and tough and can break a lions jaw with a kick from their hind legs. People have trained zebras, but they are unpredictable, and tend to act out aggresively making them not great as deomestic animals. They are wild creatures, evolved to survive in the harsh African plains. So happy you enjoyed them Jane. They seem so intelligent to me.

  10. Great pictures! We took a balloon ride over the Masai Mara and looked at the herds of gnus moving below us, interspersed with zebras. It was amazing how well camouflaged they were. And each is just a bit or more different.

  11. Oh wow Cindy – how I’ve missed your photography! What a great series on the Zebras – love seeing the close-up shots.

  12. Mother nature does some magical work indeed! Zebra’s have been a strong presence in my life for many years now, reminding me to stand out in the crowd while engaging in support from my own herd. Stunning and inspiring photos once again!

  13. I did read that stripes offer an advantage to the zebra inasmuch as, when in the herd, it confuses the monochrome sight of the lion. Well who’d have thought it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Oh I love the roll of the last few comments! It’s a showcase of the creativity and humor of bloggers! And more to the point, I agree, God has to have the best sense of humor in all the universes!! πŸ˜‰

  14. What a beautiful animal. I truly hope man is not poaching & eating them, or selling their skin.
    Cindy, I want all animals to have a safety zone & dignity!

    • Oh that looks beatiful Fae! I used to make a type of zebra cake when I was young with whipping cream and chocolate wafers that made a zebra effect too. Yours looks much better!

  15. Lovely photos, Cindy! I smiled at your dialogue about black and white vs. white and black…I’ve never been able to decide which color the stripes are supposed to be, because of the diversity πŸ™‚

  16. The second to last shot is simply perfect…makes me dream of Africa all over again. Wonderful shot – zebras are definitely cool πŸ™‚

  17. Fantastic pictures of the amazing Zebra’s Cindy, great pictures, I did go back over them as it does appear they are white with black stripes or vice versa, bit mesmerising.
    Interesting comment by one of your followers, in that he states theyoung can identify the parent by the stripe configuration.
    Enjoyed that post.

    • I know, I had no idea about this either! Bascially, I get the bulk of my information from reading blogs these days and I learn new things everyday from blogs. I am always quoting a blog. Bloggers are so smart and creative and they aren’t selling tragedy like the media.

    • Apparently the black and white geometric pattern is confusing for the vision of the big cats. I know my camera lens seemed to have problems with it when photographing the herds at full zoom. They started blurring together, looking like one massive confusing creature.

  18. Hmm, I see!! Not retired after all..!!!
    “Here, come lie down on the couch and tell me what you see in the patterns above”…. πŸ˜€
    Just kidding.. beautiful pictures.. Although I have to admit, staring at the first fellow’s snout and “intersecting lines” was like using some exotic Chakra meditation technique.. stare for too long and I will probably tell you my deepest secrets πŸ˜€

    • Laughing, it all hinges on distracting concentration. If you stay focused on what you chose, no one can ever distract your concentration. But, that said, what do you see in the intersecting lines????? Just kidding & cheers to you my friend~

      • Aha, I knew it.. working for the DoD still.. looking for a Manchurian candidate I am sure πŸ™‚
        What I saw in the intersecting lines on the forehead is a doorway (and no other innuendoes there, but an infinite doorway is what I thought. Frightening thought, fear of the unknown).
        Yes, thank you for the kind words. Yes, staying focused is the most difficult thing in the world for frivolous old me. But thank you, those are encouraging words at the moment.

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    • Is the bark the sort of clipped warning they do? I have heard them bray.
      You can’t imagine how shocked I was while dozing a bit when we were driving along the California coast soon after returning from our first trip to South Africa and I saw these zebras grazing with cows. I assumed I was dreaming. I said, “Did I just see wild zebras grazing with cows?”
      My husband, who is not a native Californian like me, seemed surprised, I didn’t know about them.
      Hearst imported them in service to his amazing ego and palace. They are thriving so many decades later. Good for them!

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