4.05.2012

E - Elephants!

In middle school I made the mistake (?) of telling someone that I enjoyed frogs. It was a minor fascination, but the mention of it led to years of frog-related gifts and mentions by family and friends. Which was ok - frogs are cute after all, and definitely worked with my aesthetic at the time. But it did get to be a bit much eventually.

So I almost hesitate to mention this, but the animal that has more fascinated me in recent years is the elephant. First of all, their ears are freaking awesome. And, their trunks are super cool too - it's a built-in hose so you can play in the sprinkler any time you want! How could you not love an animal that plays in the water like this (at 3:00):



More importantly than that, though, I love artists' renditions of elephants. They always do such a great job of capturing the details, textures and personalities of the animals. I think it started with some ceramic elephant side tables that my grandmother had and my mom inherited. They are so cool - I like to sit on the table part with my feet up on the head..

When we lived in Miami I discovered local artist Valentina Ramos and fell in intense like of her style. She had an original of her elephant piece and I snatched it up to put in our home. He currently sits on the mantle above our fireplace and is quite happy there, I think!

15 comments:

  1. I admire elephants because of their almost human parenting skills! :)

    DL Hammons @ Cruising Altitude 2.0
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

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    1. Yup! Though they smack their kids around a bit more than I imagine myself doing... haha Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. i know, one has to be careful when they tell me they like certain things--i am likely to bestow these objects upon them until they are forced to let me know, they no longer are interested in said item

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    1. Haha.. Well, as long as the intention is good, that's ok :)

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  3. I did that as a teacher - with Care Bears - and for that school year, I received millions and millions of Care Bear related things, everything from Care Bear dominoes to Grumpy Bear Flip Flops. LOL.

    Elephants are awesome. :D

    My E

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    1. Jaycee that is totally what happened with the frogs!

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  4. There's an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee that I've been dying to visit. They are amazing animals. And I know what you mean about theme gifts - as a teacher and a known horse lover - well you can guess it. But I've also been guilty of being on the giver end of theme giving!

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    1. I'm sure you've got more horse things than you know what to do with :) Gifts from students always have such meaning though..
      I would love to see that sanctuary!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. That's a gorgeous elephant rendering! I never realized how dry their skin was until I saw one at a zoo! A relative collects elephant figurines (maybe because he's a republican official), and he gets them all the time, so I understand the hesitation to mention. I've always been taken with giraffes, but I don't tell my IRL friends in case they start sending me knick-knacks!

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  6. Ah I love elephants! They're my favorite and like you I've now ended up with a TON of them. Who would have thought elephants would come in so so many different forms ;)

    You're post reminded me of a Gilmore Girls episode. Sookie was "frog girl" because she'd mentioned she liked frogs in passing. Thought it was so funny :) Seems it happens to a lot of us.


    Anna @Herding Cats & Burning Soup

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    1. Hahah.. You know, I haven't watched many Gilmore Girls episodes.. I've heard I would like them. Perhaps they shall be added to the netflix cue!

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  7. In high school I made the same mistake about mentioning liking wolves and had the same result. But wolves are cool so ok.

    Now I like lions but I don't really tell anybody. Plus I think people have grown out of buying totem gifts now. Phew!

    :Dan

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    1. I knew you liked lions! I knew I knew I knew! ;)

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  8. Oh, the woe of people finding an interest of yours! It's a little hysterical how quickly a collection gets out of hand. I love your elephant print -- simply beautiful. :) And I'm glad you stopped by my blog and say my elephant love, too. :)

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    1. Thanks! I do love my elephant. I was ever so excited to find him, and then to find a frame that suited him perfectly too!

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