~ minus the ears and Charlie, the ant.
Perhaps you can see a different kooky fellow? Please drop me a line in the comments below, it would be fun to share our ideas in an updated post.
It really depends on your point of view, doesn’t it? The quirky and sensual dievca in NYC saw an Aardvark too. But here is Pelly’s take from a different angle. Pelly, a master in the art of photography and Virginia, an architect turned talented illustrator, both see a giraffe and I think we can all agree with them. Actually, Virginia sees a giraffe from all three angles:
Its scientific name, Giraffa camelopardalis, has its origins in Arabic and Ancient Greek. Giraffa derives from Zarafah, meaning ”fast walker”. Camelopardalis, is a Greek compound word meaning ”camel and leopard” because its markings resemble that of a leopard’s. In Greek, it is called simply camelopardalis – καμηλοπάρδαλη.
The first giraffe to make its way to Europe was brought here by Julius Caesar from Alexandria in 46 B.C. as part of a triumphant return to Rome after years of civil war. Some 1500 years later, Lorenzo de Medici was gifted a giraffe by the sultan of Egypt. Giraffes had not been seen in Italy since antiquity and it caused quite the sensation, wandering the streets of Florence and accepting treats offered out of second-story windows.
Jackie, on the other hand, with her writer’s gift of enhanced perceptiveness, goes a bit further and sees an ostrich:
Its scientific name, Struthio camelus, originates from the Greek words ”struthio – στρουθίον”, meaning ”small bird, sparrow” and ”camel – καμήλα”.
Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand: the myth probably originates from the bird’s defensive behaviour of lying low at the approach of trouble and pressing their long necks to the ground in an attempt to become less visible. Their plumage blends well with sandy soil and, from a distance, gives the appearance that they have buried their heads in the sand.
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pelly * made – photography
Virginia Romo, style illustration
Jackie Mallon – Author/Fashion Designer