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"Golden Sunrise" by Linda Kinney

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"Golden Sunrise" is my  11″ x 14″ (27.94 x 35.56 cm) oil painting on canvas. Deer are very plentiful in the area of Texas. I don't have any memorable stories about them, but I have been fortunate to travel to several countries in my life and have observed many animals in the wild. One of the things I have always thought would be a magnificent trip is a hot-air balloon ride over Kenya, Africa. My favorite wild animal is the giraffe, but I have only seen them in zoos. I have ridden on the back of a camel and I think this is my least favorite wild animal. Others I have seen in their natural habitat include muskrat, black bear, otter, porcupine, moose, and hippo to name a few. 

When in West Africa, we hired a native to take us up the river to a pygmy village in the rain forest. It was so beautiful, but dangerous. The boat was a long, leaky rowboat with a motor that threatened to leave us stranded any minute. During the entire 2-hour trip, I remember seeing only one person until we reached the edge of the forest and began our walk down the trail to the village. It was just like a picture out of National Geographic. A woman was washing clothes on the rocks at the river’s edge with a baby strapped with fabric onto her back. A hippo came quite close to the boat. It was huge. Since then, I have heard stories of them turning boats over.

I have been up close and personal with moose a few times in Alaska. The first winter we were there, we lived in town. My brother was pulling me on a sled when a moose trotted up to us. He ran and I was too awe-stricken to move. As I sat there, she sniffed me, then ambled away down the street. I ran into the house, but evidently my older brother did not tell of the episode, because my parents did not believe me, that is until they read the article in the newspaper the next day, ‘Moose gets lost in town’.

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