Archive for the 'Animal Encounter' Category


Monday, April 12th, 2021

By Lisa Boice Animal Encounter Gold Winner in the Fifteenth Annual Solas Awards “The life list of a birdwatcher is of a different order. It’s not what you cross off that counts, but what you add.” —Terry Tempest Williams The black sky was like a drop cloth over the prairie grass and the only thing […]

The Place Where Norman Slept

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

By Teresa O’Kane Animal Encounters Gold Winner in the Thirteenth Annual Solas Awards Norman is a solitary old bull elephant who lives on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Years ago, he spent his days with his elephant friend George, until George had a battle with an electric fence. These days […]

Animal Encounter Gold Winner: From Tsetses to Chimps

Monday, May 1st, 2017

By David Myles Robinson One of my favorite movie lines of all time was spoken by Walter Brennan’s character Eddie in To Have and Have Not: “Say, was you ever bit by a dead bee?” I can’t say exactly why that line resonated with me, especially since I’m not one of those guys who make […]

Animal Encounter Silver Winner: If Cats Could Type in Key West

Monday, October 17th, 2016

By Shelly Rivoli It would be a literary pilgrimage for the grownups, but what would it be for the kids? Their eyes combed the lush jungle landscape as we stood waiting at the gated entrance to 907 Whitehead Street. With a quiet gasp from my travel companions, the first orange splash of cat appeared, a […]

Animal Encounter Gold Winner: The Battle of Waterkloof

Monday, March 28th, 2016

By Gerald Yeung Bruce Lee vs. the Namibian Baboon Army. Namibia was founded on two indisputable truths. One: it never rains. Thus I lose my favorite excuse to opt out of a hike. Two: every Asian person is Bruce Lee. These two random facts play pivotally in the attack of the baboons. The Waterkloof Trail, […]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Sleepless in Southern Africa

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

By Dave Fox It’s 4:23 a.m., and all is quiet in the Okavango Delta. Wait, no. That’s not right. Let’s start over. It’s 4:23 a.m. in the Okavango Delta, and I can’t sleep because the birds are antagonizing me. I don’t know what their problem is. Sure, I’ve come to Botswana to check out the […]

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Satan’s Very Own Island Retreat

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

By Greg Rodgers “You’re staying here tonight? Seriously?” My eyes drifted from the rough, wooden dock where we were standing, up a perfect pair of tanned legs, to a set of blue eyes that were examining me with a sense of admiration and adventure. I explained to a not-so-unattractive Swiss girl that I had hired […]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: The Exquisite Loneliness of Nyai Loro’s Beach

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Melinda Misuraca The Javanese don’t like to be alone. To them solitude is a sickness cured by surrounding themselves with people. In Java the only encouraged antisocial activities are bathing and using the toilet, and even then true privacy is not guaranteed. If you find yourself forced to conduct such personal business with merely […]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Trumpets of Warning

Monday, June 17th, 2013

by Lisa Alpine Waking early our first full day at Little Governors’ Camp in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, we were startled to see elephant, hippo, and warthog tracks circling close to the edges of our canvas tent. Was that also a lion’s paw print inches from the tent flap? The camp was unfenced […]

Silver Award in Animal Encounter: Wind Horses of Mustang

Friday, June 14th, 2013

By Molly Beer “Having a horse here is like having a motorbike in the city.” Bhupendra Sherchan explained the first day we rode out together on the flanks of snow-capped Nilgiri. The day was still pleasant and autumn-like, the light white, the winds as gentle as the sheep eddies in the town’s single unpaved street, […]

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