And on a beautiful spring morning, after loading the equipment into the old Terrano, to the accompaniment of bird trills, we set off on the road. Our path lies to the west, in the very wilderness of the Tver region, where the house, solidly felled by Andrew, smelling of resin and fresh wood, will take the hunters in its arms. About five hours later we were on the spot, in a village on the shore of Usoditsa lake. That same evening, noting a meeting with friends and acquaintances who have not been seen for almost half a year, we go to listen to a woodcock. Continue reading
One day, ten years ago, on the way to safari, I was stuck at Francistown airport, waiting for a plane to Johannesburg. We talked with a neighbor, an elderly Catholic priest, about the animals mentioned in the Bible. I noticed that the description of the rhino seemed to be particularly strange, the existence of which the compilers of the holy book should not have known.
“You see,” the holy father reasonably answered, “the Bible speaks of an animal that was called re’em in Judea.” Continue reading
These days, the lions have diminished significantly. There are hardly more than 300 Asian (in India). True, there are much more of them in Africa. A curious fact: the Africans themselves forced to pay attention to the lions … the Europeans. Ironically, it was they who popularized the lions in many areas of the black continent. Thus, in the art of the peoples of Ghana, leopards relatively recently dominated, but after the appearance of Europeans in the country of Europeans, the images of spotted cats were replaced by lions. Continue reading