1993, Amboseli, Kenya
Plate 56, 18x27
These large and gentle creatures seemed to space themselves about in the shallow waters so that they could feed and bathe but had no inclination to get too close to their neighbor's province. There was no pushing, no pulling, no evaluating the other creature's arena. They showed respect and consideration by simply being good and sensitive neighbors. This not only went for the water buffalo but also went for the other smaller animals and birds in this idyllic scene of absolute harmony, tranquility, contentment and unbelievable beauty. The afternoon sun shed a golden hue on the whole scene.
One might question man's hostility and aggressiveness in relation to his frequent comment about wild beasts. I have never witnessed a scene on Wall Street as civilized as the hours I spent mesmerized in this picture of harmony as conveyed by nature through her wild beasts. If they are wild, my stockbroker is insane. What motivated these animals and yet denied man this righteous path - that pushed man on the path towards his own destruction?