Things That I’ve Experienced Once in Nature

August 8, 2013



Shoebill stork, Lake Mburo, Uganda

Once I saw elephants mating in Amboseli Park in Kenya, made a video of it, posted it on Youtube and now have almost 5 million hits. Once I was walking along a path at Pierce Point in Pt Reyes and a weasel appeared, seemed to look us straight in the eye like out of a TV comic and then weaseled itself into the nearby grass. Once in the winter I saw a wood duck with its almost paint by number outlines at a pond in Mountain View Cemetery. Once I was looking at birds near Wilbur Hot Springs and I heard a snake rattle at my feet and I instinctively jumped a foot away and missed stepping on a rattle snake. Once I was doing bare breasted yoga with friends on Mt Diablo in the early morning and a bobcat appeared before us. . Once I was walking in Pinnacles State Park and out of the corner of my eye, saw a large animal with a long tail but it quickly went around a corner. I thought it might be a mountain lion but knew I would never know for sure unless I saw it plainly in sight, so I jogged around the corner toward it and saw a mountain lion going into the brush, its long tail and height and breadth nothing like a bobcat. Once I got lost at a national park called Hell’s Gate in Kenya and crossed paths with a warthog that seemed just as surprised to see me as I it. Once in Ecuador I saw marine iguanas pull themselves up from the sea after being underwater for several minutes eating algae. Once in Peru I went to the coast and saw 9 Andean condors since I hadn’t seen any in the high Andes where they are more common. Once in South Africa near Boulders, I almost ran over two endangered penguins who had come out onto the highway at night. Once in Uganda, I literally got on my hands and knees and crawled to a viewpoint under some trees to see the rare and endangered shoe billed storkwhich can stand 4 feet high.



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Karen Hester is a community activist and events coordinator who lives in North Oakland in Temescal Creek Cohousing. Her event productions website is She lives and breathes the fight to stop more billboards in Oakland and started

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