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Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman who experiences severe depressive episodes. She loves photography, animals, and traveling when she is up to it.

About this photo: “I love giraffes. Their graceful form, their beautiful fur patterns, their knowing eyes. I was lucky enough recently to be eye to eye with one, and to feed lettuce to his long purple-y tongue. I was on a platform and he came right up to me. He looked at me as if he could see inside of me. I suddenly wanted to cry or give him a big hug. It was a beautiful moment, and a great reminder of how much I love traveling and experiencing new things and cultures. Depression keeps me from doing that much of the time. I can only hope my depression continues to get better, so I can travel and do more and more things outside of my comfort zone. It’s a beautiful world out there. I don’t want to keep missing out.” 

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13 comments on “Pattern

  1. Martina
    May 10, 2013

    Amazing photography! Good luck with everything…always remember you’re stronger than you think you are!

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  2. GrowlTigger
    May 10, 2013

    A truly beautiful post, not just the photography, but the heartfelt sentiment of the descriptive text too. I love giraffes too, for me it is their eyes that get my attention, not least because of the big eyelashes they have – always makes me smile. 🙂
    I hope you continue to enjoy your photography and I hope your love of animals and taking their pictures helps you make a new path in life. 🙂

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  3. traveling crone
    May 10, 2013

    I endure bi-polar and one of the best gifts I have ever given myself is travel. Many reasons for it but the really important one is that it helps me prove to myself over and over that I can do more than I fear I can’t. It isn’t always pretty and fun but, for me, it is important that I challenge my boundaries because I find them getting smaller and smaller if I don’t. I have seen the ships of the Serengeti float by, free and wild and have enjoyed the rush that it brings. I wish that for you.

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  4. brenda
    May 10, 2013

    the eye expresses gentleness. nice image.

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  5. tarpfrog
    May 10, 2013

    A beautiful photograph of a beautiful animal. I feel the same way about giraffes. They are stunning.

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  6. talyn marie
    May 10, 2013

    Wonderful photo. So strong yet so gentle.

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  7. Queenie
    May 10, 2013

    I went for animal prints too! I just love them! X

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  8. theglitteringdarkbird
    May 10, 2013

    Giraffes are my favourite. They have been ever since I was a child. My therapist reckons this is something to do with wanting to rie above things, but I just think they’re beautiful, and I love their liquid, expressive eyes. Your photo was stunning. 🙂

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  9. Syncopated Eyeball
    May 10, 2013

    Beautiful beautiful.

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  10. Dreams and Zeros
    May 11, 2013

    What a wonderful photo. The eyes have it, as they say…. Very expressive.

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  11. v
    May 11, 2013

    I love giraffes

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  12. maureenjenner
    May 12, 2013

    Thank you for sharing a golden moment with a gentle and graceful giraffe whose eyes and eyelashes would melt a glacier.

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  13. Lorraine Nicholson
    May 13, 2013

    I really love this beautiful photograph as it reminds me of a trip I did to Kenya before I became very ill with bouts of clinical depression which robbed me of my ability to appreciate any of my senses. I have since travelled again and love photography as a creative outlet of my joys mainly. Thank You so much for rekindling that wonderful memory of being up close to the gentle giant….

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