Plate 58, 27x18
This beautiful giraffe is surely a beauty of which Africa might be most proud. Here she is, the most beautiful lady in Africa - charming, graceful and built to perfection. All of her was cloaked in an innocence possibly born of not being close to any human mischief. No one had hurt her or made her afraid, so several times she came up very close to me, within arm's length. She came so close I could touch her. She would move her lips to within a few inches of my face as if to whisper some message. The shot does not fully show the closeness that held us for at least fifteen minutes, with neither of us anxious to move away.
I have seen beautiful women. I have even photographed some gorgeous beyond belief. So much of a woman's beauty I find in her eyes. I have never seen eyes on any female that were more beautiful. As I later departed Africa and all its adventures, one of the most outstanding moments of it all was standing in that forest glade with this lady - perfection in beauty, in contentment and in her attitude towards me.