Giraffe struck by light

Yonmei

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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This is the giraffe pair outside the Omni Centre, on Greenside Place, Edinburgh.

I was taking photographs of them from all angles, as you do – the larger (and female) giraffe is 22 feet high – and when standing between the giraffes and the Omni, I found that I could get a shot of them with nothing but sky behind their heads and necks.

The coincidence of the contrail and the sun gives the appearance that someone has just shot the smaller giraffe with some kind of SFnal weapon of light.

Humans are the giraffe’s main predator in its native habitat, the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania: lions prey on giraffes, but an adult male giraffe can weigh over a ton (up to 2800 pounds/1300 kilogrammes) and giraffes are agile, surefooted, and fast – they can run at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour.

The tallest land animal, the giraffe was once claimed as a cross between a camel and a leopard (and given the scientific name of Giraffa camelopardalis) and was often given as a diplomatic gift by African monarchs to the rulers of countries outside Africa: the country now known as Kenya sent one as a gift to China in 1415. The giraffe has been described as “magnificent in appearance, bizarre in form, unique in gait, colossal in height and inoffensive in character.” Find out more about giraffes in the wild at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

The sculptor who made them from scrap metal is Helen Denerley and they were unveiled on 28 July 2005.

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