Category Archives: Nature & Beauty

Beauty Perspective

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Am a firm believer of the phrase “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. At times, you look at yourself, and you wonder what the hunk of a person or a beautiful woman saw in you… I know that is opened for discussion but all in all it depends on whom you chose to be your beholder. Who you allow to be the determiner of your inner beauty determines how you carry yourself on a daily basis.
I remember growing up I used to be a hefty kid, and it never bothered me until I got to secondary school and heard people make fun of my physic. To make matters worse, I was the kind of kid with chubby cheeks- you can get the picture. It went from just a teacher wanting to pinch the ‘tu cheeks’ in primary school even when you were not wrong to someone actually making fun of how they looked. All my mom’s talk of how beautiful I was, flushed down the toilet. My self-esteem concerning my body went down the drain in a flash.
After my morning studies, I would open this channel on telly (don’t exactly remember which one) and do aerobics at 5 a.m. and whatever exercise they had. I would starve myself and never did I lose the weight (not trying to crush anyone’s effort). After high school, hearing some inspirational speakers (Joyce Meyer, Paula White, TD Jakes) for about two years, my self-esteem was boosted, and I can’t even tell you how I lost weight. All I remember is that I used to walk to my destinations, and I lost the weight. Nowadays a day or two of exercise will show because I lose the weight. Like recently I took to some exercises (walks and a session at the gym), and I was surprised that a trouser which I had to struggle with to wear could not hold without a belt.

 

My point is, in as much as beauty is essential and exercise is healthy what determines your success at it is who you are doing it for. As Joyce Meyer’s book, Battle Field of the Mind says, the battle begins in the mind. If you can win it there, it doesn’t take much effort on the outside. One, let YOU be the beholder, determine your perspective of beauty then with or without the weight you will be happy. Who determines your going to the gym? The decision to lose weight must be your own for you to succeed at it. When you do it for others, the pressure would be too much and even when you lose a little it would never be good enough.
All my life I wanted to lose weight for the wrong reasons, but when I finally decided to love myself and do it for me, I began losing it effortlessly. Whether you have more in the bony areas than some of us, what matters is your view of beauty. See yourself as beautiful, and then exercise will be a fun part of your life. It will be more of “am doing it to be healthy, take care of myself”. Not that “am doing it to make them like me”. Love yourself today and take care of you for the right reasons you will be surprised at how much you will achieve.

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Jungle Moments

There is nothing as beautiful and astonishing as nature -The beautiful animals which beautify the wild. It’s like a rose in a flower Garden. It brings the very essence of beauty into our yearning eyes. I love nature. Among every other thing I love most, I think this takes number two best thing I adore in life. Nature calms you, relaxes your mind and takes away most of the stress one has. When I see nature I see beauty and think of the magnificence of the one who made it.

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This is one animal I admire, not my favorite but it warrants my admiration. Kinda like the Proverbs 31 woman. The lioness helps the male in marking the territory, and she is the primary hunter. I once saw in a documentary where a lioness hunted for food and then left the male to eat first. I mean wooow!!! She really makes me admire her, not many of us can do that. You think we have a lesson to learn from the lioness or not? She also takes care of the young ones….. My goodness, she really has her hands full.

 

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Just chill-axing in the wild. Roaring to mark her territory.

 

received_10153269185210877Growing up being a fan of story books, I read and heard so many bad stories about the hyena. Aside from grandma fables and all, secretly, I think I liked the animal. I remember the first time I saw it, was overly excited and too quick to take its photo. Either way here is something interesting I learnt about this mysterious creature. Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta): Africa’s second largest carnivore (after lions) is also one of the lion’s greatest competitors for prey.

 

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The world’s largest terrestrial mammal in the world. Very fascinating. There are only two species, that is, the Asian elephant and the African. This one specifically is from Tanzania.

 

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Have you ever wondered how the feet of the elephant can accommodate all that weight, and manage it in a lifespan of up to 70 years? Well wonder no more, this big one has a spongy pad foot with four or five toes and toenails. The pad acts as a cushion with each step, absorbing the impact and taking some strain off the leg.

 

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The African Buffalo remains quite an enigma with its ancestry remaining unclear. Contrary to people’s belief it is not an ancestor of the domestic cattle. It is only distantly related to other larger bovines.

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This large animal has never been domesticated unlike the water buffalo. Owing to its unpredictable nature it is highly dangerous to humans.

 

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The giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant in the world. I just love the pattern on the skin of this creature.

 

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Zebra, this was my mama’s favorite, usually wonder what she saw in them, that is from the perspective of a person who loves Tigers, feisty stuff. But I think it is their beauty. I mean who wouldn’t admire that pattern on them. Beautiful! I think God must have been very satisfied after creating such.

 

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So, they say we came from this creature… Really! Whoever came up with that, really!!!! But these unique creatures have a bare ass that gives them a good surface to sit on. Another thing I find fascinating is that the red ass of the baboon is also a swelling that occurs in females around ovulation when they are most fertile. With a redder and more swollen ass, the males can tell that a female is ready to reproduce. The females with redder ass get’s picked more by the males. You see it wasn’t all bad, apparently it’s their beauty spot. I now believe that the fallacy of beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Again who said we came from…. Ok, I think you had your reasons.

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Looks so keen, as if it is listening to some conversation or something. I still don’t buy the story that we came from these interesting creatures. Them being our ancestors doesn’t sit very well with me.

 

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This little one decided to come and see what the humans were up to. Got a little curious, maybe it heard that someone somewhere was talking about us being his cousins. Maybe it wanted to confirm if our noses look like his or maybe we did have a tail like his.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed! And loved this side of nature.

The East African Beauty

There are different types of Antelopes in East Africa, nearly 90 species in Africa. Their diversity is not only in the different sizes but also their beautiful head gear. These grassland and bush beauties give a captivating sight. I have five types of them for you to enjoy.

 

Impala

 

 

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The impala inhabits savanna grasslands and woodlands in close proximity to water sources. It has elegance that exceeds most of its species. Only the male having horns.

 

Thompsons Gazel

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Being the Cheetah’s favourite dinner, it has thin, short horns, long legs and a brilliant ability to change direction often and abruptly to try and remain safe from being a meal to its hunter.

 

Topi

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A subspecies of the tsessebe, an African antelope, they are a highly social and fast antelope species of the genus Damaliscus. It has a fascinating look of a goat like animal that has a size of an ass.

 

Common Eland

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It is the second largest antelope on African soil, and one of the best looking too.

Grants Gazelle

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The Grant’s gazelle is found in East Africa and lives in open grass plains and is frequently found in shrub-lands; it avoids areas with high grass where the visibility of predators is compromised. They also occur in semiarid areas and are relatively well adapted to dry areas. They can subsist on vegetation in water-less, semiarid areas, where they face little competition.