Why We Travel—A Photographic Journey

This is one of my favorite images from this year’s National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. Elephants have been on my mind a lot lately for some reason, so no surprise this is my favorite of the bunch.

I’m still awaiting the arrival of my own personal Ganesha to host in my home. I know he or she will find me when the time is right. Will keep you posted. For now, enjoy the photos here, and this lovely, striking shot below.

(From John Chaney) Good Bye Old Friend: Elephants are legendary for their memory and intelligence including attributes associated with grief, making music, altruism and compassion. We came across this elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals. From a distance we heard and then saw another elephant approaching at a fast pace. She was successful at chasing away the predators and then very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephants tusk. She stayed in this position for several hours guarding her friend. (© John Chaney/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest)


About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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