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No one can Love Nature like JANE GOODALL!

Jane Goodall attending the 18th Annual Hampton...

Jane Goodall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nature has a magic, once you are attracted towards it, it encloses you so that you can’t elude.The beauty it grasps is so innocent and mesmerizing, that it opens our eyes to it’s flamboyance and we are not only able to experience it’s charm, but we even share our vision with others so that they are able to acquaint with it.

Such is the life of Jane Goodall.If we translate her life, it is sheer love, passion and understanding of nature.She is British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist.As a child, she grew a connection with nature through her fascination with animal behavior.She said:

“I wanted to talk to the animals like Dr. Doolittle.”         Jane Goodall

Her love for animals especially chimpanzees began when at the age of 2, her  mother gave her a stuffed toy chimpanzee, which enthralled her.She developed a special bonding with animals, especially chimpanzees.She had a dream of living with the animals in Africa, her mother realized the truth in her heart and the devotion she possessed towards animals and encouraged her to live her dream.

In pursuit of her dream, after completely secondary education, she worked as a waitress,a secretary, as an assistant editor in a film studio, only to save money to travel to Africa.

As a small child in England, I had this dream of going to Africa. We didn’t have any money and I was a girl, so everyone except my mother laughed at it. When I left school, there was no money for me to go to university, so I went to secretarial college and got a job.”    –     Jane Goodall

Her dream turned to reality when she traveled to Africa at 23 years of age.There in Tanzania, she met her mentor and teacher  Louis Leakey, the curator of the Coryndon Museum in Nairobi.He had found which were believed to be the earliest remains of human species in the world in Africa, he wanted to know the behavior of human animal’s ancestors, and he chose Goodall to observe the behavior of species closely related to human, chimpanzees.

Young chimpanzees from Jane Goodall sanctuary ...

Young chimpanzees from Jane Goodall sanctuary of Tchimpounga (Congo Brazzaville)  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From there onwards, her life revolved around chimpanzees, their behavior and their habitats.She visited a group of chimpanzees around Gombe Natioanl Reserve daily to observe them.Initially they considered her a stranger and a danger.After almost two years of regular observations every day, she was able to develop acceptance in them towards her.They exhibited no fear being around her.She said regarding her interaction with them:

“Chimpanzees have given me so much. The long hours spent with them in the forest have enriched my life beyond measure. What I have learned from them has shaped my understanding of human behavior, of our place in nature.”   –    Jane Goodall

(Photo Credit:National Geographic)

This gave birth to “Banana Club”, it is what she calls her methodology, a feeding method which bonded her even closer to them, and her observations became more fruitful.She used to live with them in the trees, eat their food, imitated their behaviors and made them imitate her’s.Her findings concluded that they had a distinct language consisting of 20 different sounds which they used to communicate.She observed them eating meat, which was new to ethologists as they previously considered them as vegetarians.She saw them using tools to hunt, catch and trap insects. which was considered previously as a human trait.She declared that touch, hugs an embraces were used by chimpanzees too, to comfort or show affection towards each other.

(Photo Credit:National Geographic)

In 1965, National Geographic collaborated with her and a documentary called “Miss Goodall and the Wild Chimpanzees, was broadcasted on television on December 22, 1965.It was a treat to watch for me later in my early teens.I became fascinated by her bonding with the chimpanzees.The way they loved and hugged her was amazing, but i didn’t knew that it took her so many years to develop that type of association.I came to know her research findings through the documentary, i thought whatever she was doing for nature and animal conservation and documenting their behavior was extra ordinary and that’s how i came to know about Jane Goodall.

(Photo Credit:National Geographic)

By 80’s the population of chimpanzees was going instinct.This effected her the most, because she shared a special relationship with them.She went around the world to raise awareness in humanity to preserve animals, their environment and habitats.How can one feel, when one gives up all life to nurture a life form man is so hell-bent to destroy??? She said:

” Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.”            –     Jane Goodall

She also said regarding Chimpanzees and animals:

“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.”     –     Jane Goodall

She decided to create a Jane Goodall Institute, for conservation of chimpanzees in particular, nature and environment in general.Her purpose was to create a new generation of researchers, whom she can transfer her knowledge and responsibilities to.

“My mission is to create a world where we can live in harmony with nature. ”     –    Jane Goodall

I am truly impressed by her.She makes me realize that only those who dream, have the right to see it in reality as well.She is a proof that passion and a will for dedication sometimes surpasses lack of knowledge, infact it helps in gaining knowledge as well.There should be something in the lives of each of us, which makes us leaves our homes, leave the comfort of our houses, leave our dear ones, just to connect with it – our passion and dream.Such an enormous sheer sincerity is demand of each field in life.Nothing in the world is as important as nature itself, and we have no right to force nature to change it’s course, as it is as fatal for us as for nature.

“If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.”   –   Jane Goodall

She  accepted the fact that people who find nature conservation more important than humanity often face resentment:

“Anyone who tries to improve the lives of animals invariably comes in for criticism from those who believe such efforts are misplaced in a world of suffering humanity.”    –    Jane Goodall

According to Jane, we cannot consider conservation of animal life or plant life as less important than humanity.She thinks that humanity depends greatly on nature, and maybe some of our plights are created when we defy nature laws, and destroy it:

“In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.”     –     Jane Goodall

Jane also thought our behavior towards nature and natural elements like animals as unethical:

“The more we learn of the true nature of non-human animals, especially those with complex brains and corresponding complex social behavior, the more ethical concerns are raised regarding their use in the service of man — whether this be in entertainment, as “pets,” for food, in research laboratories, or any of the other uses to which we subject them.”    –    Jane Goodall

David Greybeard the Chimpanzee was added to th...

David Greybeard the Chimpanzee was added to the tree of life after Jane Goodall visited the park and saw there were no chimpanzee’s on the tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I  have learnt from her life that animals need natural habitats.We can show our care for them and keep them in our houses as pets to protect them from harshness of material world that man has created, but it could be better if we place them in an environment they are more suitable in, an environment they are born for, especially wild animals.An aquarium can never replace a sea, no apartment can let a dog run about, or no leash walks can provide him the exercise he deserves.Caging birds for our happiness and companionship is ethically incorrect.

She symbolises peace.She herself also said:

“It is the peace of the forest i carry inside”   –    Jane Goodall

Finally, i have learnt about human negligence and heedlessness and insensitivity towards nature.Other forms of life in this world depend upon us for their survival.We need to realize that human decline is only because we have turned blind towards animals and plants, considering them least important.The circle of life is incomplete without them, infact, we depend on them in return for our survival as well.

“The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”    –    Jane Goodall

Long Drives=Short Moments

Credits:Patrizio Martorana

We do not remember days, we remember moments.      

 Cesare Pavese

The most admirable things in life are usually the smallest and least valued.It’s because they do not provide any materialistic benefits and undertaken without any hidden intentions.Hence such experiences prove the most rewarding.

“There are places and moments in which one is so completely alone that one sees the world entire”.                  Jules Renard

Same thing happened today, when me and my family sat in a car and headed for nowhere.Aimlessly, we daunted onto the roads, there was soothing music, kids laughing and fighting in the back seat as usual.Infact, that was the most familiar ‘music to my ears’, which i can’t live without.Life is so HAPPENING with kids.

“In history, the moments during which reason and reconciliation prevail are short and fleeting”.
Stefan Zweig

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Sometimes, while going the path of life,towards our needs, goals, dreams and all, we should divert to paths which take us nowhere.It’s because they give us pleasures, enjoyment, relaxation, which is required to replenish our strengths for moving back on our actual tracks in life.

“One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late”.
Agatha Christie

While we were heading on the road, suddenly, nature went ahead to play it’s part and added a dash of beauty to the landscape.It started to drizzle all of a sudden, and the wandering gypsies started dancing to the tune.Nature was extremely rewarding on the day to let poor worn out tired souls savor solace.

“I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get you’re emotions going”.         Jim Valvano

Reminded me of the songs about rain, like Roxette’s “Watercolors in the rain”, Millie Jackson’s “I feel like walking in the rain”, Engelbert’s “Raindrops keep falling on my head”…. Nature had embraced us with it’s charisma…..

“Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones”.
Phillips Brooks

Next, kids wanted to make it a 10 on 10 with ice-cream.There’s no match for having ice-cream on a rainy day.Life begins to seem extraaa sweet!Our lives were filled with good memories, togetherness, enjoyment, peace,relaxation, and an escape from life’s schedules.It was just us, one happy family!

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature”.            Henry David Thoreau

Life is never too dull, there are always options to brighten it up.We just need to squeeze in a few moments which act as lighthouses throughout our lives.My memory never recalls the big things in my life, it is the small things which i find trapped in my mind always, bringing joys to me when i need it!

“Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them”.         Charlie Sheen

If you are hunting hi and low for peace of mind, catch all those could-be moments which could become a saviour in despair, hovering over us just like a cloud on rainy days.A walk, a chat, a meal or good food like ice-cream or even as mere as popcorns and a mirinda (love the combo!), a long drive could remain forever in your memories, making you feel good about your life,and feeling good about having being blessed with such nice people who make up these memories.Even a second when you’re humming to a tune, whistling to yourself, or bathroom singing is your OWN moment, don’t let it slip away without giving you your share of contentment and accomplishment.

Taking time to smell the flowers, counting joys instead of hours, delighting in the simplest things……

Letting all your thoughts have wings, feeling peaceful deep inside, balancing both work and play, bearing all along the way…….
Moving towards a dream or goal, nurturing your own heart and soul, showing others that you care, finding beauty everywhere!

Engelbert Humperdinck – Raindrops keep falling on my head:

A ‘Birds’ eye view

Taken by me, this picture shows the signature ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once i was visiting my grandma’s house during vacations.I was always fascinated by nature.I believe this love affair was inherited from my father who was an avid nature lover.Every morning grandma used to water plants in the garden and in the planters, because the gardener had taken off for a week, and she loved her plants enough to stand in scortching heat and that too at her age(she was in her 90’s) and look after them.It was her, from where my mother’s gardening interests were genetically transferred from.We used to watch grandma and at times strolled in the garden accompanying her while she nourished her plants.I often wondered why she feels so satisfied after looking after them?What kind of satisfaction she derived from it?

Angry Birds

Angry Birds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were pots of plants on both sides from the garage to the gate, which was a little far.There were a few planters that were attatched to the garage wall, a little high,above our heads.Grandma was a really tall lady, but even she needed to raise her arms above her head to water them.They did looked really cool there though, because the garage was preety roomy and spacious, with ample of sunlight lighting it from both ends.Wish i had a snap of the place to post along.She loved her plants to death, never let anyone touch them, except the gardener.While he was away, she never abandoned them, even for a single day!During our stay till the gardener was back,we saw her watering them, or just looking at them feeling pleased.She derived life from them!

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One day in the morning just as i finished breakfast, daddy called me and said:”Let me show you something”.I followed him into the garage, he took one of the planters off the wall and bravo – i saw a sparrow’s nest,with four cute lil bird chicks in it!It was a remarkable sight!We never knew grandma’s garden is a breeding incubator too!I had never seen a bird’s nest that closely before!They were chirping eagerly,for food probably or probably because they were scared.Their eyes were closed and had grown just a few feathers on them.Daddy said he could hear them chirping close by in the premises of the house early morning and started hunting for them,and there were them, little darlings!Life is often food where least expected!

In the next few days, me and my cousins used to surround the nest watching them chirping at us.Later daddy pointed out that the mommy birdie was around, sitting on a pole wire, and is looking preety cautious,and that maybe mommy’s gonna take them along in the morning.

He was right!Sadly that was the last we saw of the newly hatched birdies.But i learnt many things from the flock, i learnt life, from a bird’s eye view.I found out that:

* Life is flourishing, no matter how much we try to create hinderances, it comes through.Cutting trees didn’t prove fatal to life, for now its found at awkward but rewarding places.

Credits:Jasper Greek Lao Golangco

Credits:Jasper Greek Lao Golangco

*Whether it’s us humans, or animals,or birds…..the mother’s never falter in showering love!

*Life is beautiful, all of its stages are unique, and enjoyable.They were looking cute hairless,and they would have been a beauty when they grew.

*Everything happens for a reason!Granny used to shower them with cold water, which helped them sustain in the heat.God creates ways for us when we are determined!

Florisuga mellivora at a bird feeder, Panama

A bird feeder at Panama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*God protects life,no matter how contrary the circumstances.

*We can become helping hands of nature.

*Our gardens should be more welcoming, appealing and accomodating for bird breeding, providing them a better habitat than the barren empty forests … tsk tsk!.

*We should place bird baths & bird feeders in our gardens especially during hot summers, also caused by our global warming and destructing efforts!

A fountain on a bird bath, with flowers.

A fountain on a bird bath, with flowers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*How preety the facade will look, if it has a few beautifully colored cozy bird houses?

*Birdwatching can be a useful hobby, and heart-warming experience, whether with or without binoculars, whether in a natural or artificial habitat!

*Shooting birds for fun doesn’t count, what counts and is fun too is shooting them through a cam and count them afterwards easily!(Humor article is kindda discovering comical expressions within me, see its possible,try it out!)

* Loving plants IS loving nature, the animal kingdom …. fowls!

*Flora and fauna in the premises of our houses can keep our grey-haired lovable elders active, busy,beaming and chirpy!

The actual reason which reminded me of this beautiful interaction with a family of birds was that recently, two pigeons have built their nest in our apartment building’s vent window.Its close to the stairs, so the kids are swelled with joy when they pass by it.

Reminded me of my journey of compassion.Every night, i switch off the light that’s directly above the window.No artificial lights to hatch the eggs please!