Nature’s sense of humour


Many people travel to experience Nature’s wonders – the migration of the Serengeti, the gorillas of Rwanda, the penguins of Antarctica, the amazing waterfalls, mountains and forests of this world.  But sometimes we think that we are the traveller going to experience Nature – we are in control of where we go and what we do.  We are after all superior beings – are we not?  Nope – I think Nature has us there and loves to exercise her sense of humour as often as she can.

Take this gorilla – All he is doing is hanging out in his back garden having a munch only to see these strange creatures struggling through the jungle.  He just can’t believe his eyes.

laughing gorilla

Nice hat????

mosquito hat

Let’s say you plan a trip to Antarctica.  Well it seems that you are going to end up wearing a lot of clothes.  Special boots, snow trousers, special monogrammed parkas.  Well at least that is what the majority of tourists wear.  So what do you think the local seals thought about this chap?


This is what they thought – and they are still laughing.


And when you go on safari and you have driven all day looking for animals and have had no luck at all – you come around the corner and run into an elephant with an itch.  A serious itch.


Try explaining that one to the rental car company.    You see Mother Nature is in control for most of the time – that is until we start clogging the seas with plastic straws.  But she fights back – again and again –

tree eating   flooding

The interior of an abandoned building where the floor has completely decayed and has been replaced with overgrown plants. (Thomas Windisch/Caters News)

Maybe we should cheer her on!







By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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