I was extremely lucky to find myself in Italy several years ago and was walking down the streets of Cortona in Tuscany and found many old entrances to homes, such as this one. To go there again someday! Tuscany is a photographer's dream with its surreal landscape and historic hill towns!
I drew this bongo from my local zoo because I love the markings and beautiful long slightly spiraled horns. I have learned that they are among the largest of the African antelopes. Sadly, their populations are dwindling due to habitat loss and hunting. This is especially true for the mountain bongos of Kenya. Many zoos in the US participate in the SSP (Species Survival Plan), a cooperative breeding program where captive born bongos are sent to Kenya in the hope of ensuring species survival. Let’s hope it works!