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Silverback

This is a photo of a Male Highland Gorilla, taken in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. This was the alpha male, and he was really incredible to see. He wasn’t really doing too much, mostly just eating, but seeing him walk around was amazing, and he was really pretty big. They’re called silverbacks because of a distinctly silvery saddle like patch situated in the middle of their backs. I wrote a post about the gorillas before, but I really want to reiterate how astonishing it is to see them. I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life, they’re really magnificent creatures. If you have the money, and the time, you have to go, seriously, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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Watching

This picture was taken at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the Ugandan Highlands. This is a Highland gorilla, this forest is home to over half of the world’s (highly endangered) mountain gorilla population. In order to see this you need to go on a trek, and the length time which you trek is dependent on how quickly you find the gorillas. There aren’t any paths, you sort of just dive into the forest, walking sticks are advisable, especially if you have trouble on uneven terrain. I’m not a fan of walking sticks, but I still found it helpful. Also, make sure you are in appropriate attire before you go; really do your research! DON’T GO IN SHORTS! Wear long pants and tuck them in to long socks, there are biting ants in Uganda, and trust me, you don’t want anything distracting you while you’re seeing these amazing creatures. Also, wear long sleeves, it’s hot, but you’ll want the protection, lightweight travel shirts that dry quickly are advisable. Once you’ve found the gorillas you are only allowed to spend one hour with them. All of the information you need will be provided by a park ranger/ guide, but it’s good to know what you need ahead of time. Honestly, i’ve seen a lot of amazing things, and I don’t know that i’ve ever been so in awe in my life. It’s expensive to go, but if you can afford it and you aren’t afraid to sweat a little GO! It’s worth it.

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Protectors

I don’t know if this is the actual purpose they served, or if they even served one at all, but when I saw these as a kid I remember thinking that they looked like they were guarding the pathway that they lined up next to. As you can see from this, and the previous posts, Cambodia has so SERIOUSLY cool, very old, art and architecture. Again, i’m an archaeology dork, but I don’t think you have to be to appreciate the incredible nature of a site like this. You don’t even need to know anything about it, just looking at it should result in every bystander being in awe. But, I would recommend knowing some stuff about it; either bring your own book on Cambodian temples or buy one there. I was there when I was 15, so in like 2005, and I’m sure things have changed since then, but we were able to get a very helpful book about the temples while we were there. My family is super curious, so we always like to know what we are looking at, but like I said these temples are amazing either way 🙂

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Orange Stone Carving

I took this in Cambodia when I was like, 15. Cambodia is awesome, so many amazing structures with intricate carvings like this one. This is only a tiny bit of the amazingly detailed carvings that can be seen on ancient temple walls. Simply beautiful, and really impressive.

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