Posted by Kian
Have you ever had moments when you take a certain idea and you start playing around with that particular idea. Sometimes you do it on your own, on other occasions it is with a group of people. Like a 'what if?' scenario. I remember hosting a film crew from Channel 4 in the UK and they were going on about this "what if?". At the time we were filming chameleons and their nightly sleeping behavoiur. So it was a fairly passive process with the positioning of cameras, lights, equipment and crew. So there is quite a bit of loose banter and chatter going on. Well, one of the topics was how often they are asked about "What if a bear and a tiger had a fight?" or "what if a giraffe and a bison had a fight?" Generally the questions had come from viewers that really had little or no knowledge of the geographical locations of animals. Added to this is that generally most animals do not really go around looking for a fight, unless you live downtown. At this point I would expect that if a gang stumbled upon a giraffe downtown they would not look for a fight, but rather the best escape route. Quite possible that the giraffe, bison, bear and tiger would do about the same.
Sometime the "what if?" can be more subtle than blood, gore and adrenalin being splashed about in copious quantities. As kids we used to take all sorts of situations and manipulate them with "what if ?" Scenarios, in one instance, we were sitting inside after a tempestuous storm had passed through our town and we were tearing at the reigns to get outside. But it was taking a little while for this storm to pass overhead. Since it was mid afternoon as the storm moved off it created a "monkeys wedding". But copious amount of rain were still falling ensuring that we would not be able to immediately venture outside. So the whole "what if?" started taking a rather bizarre turn as options were quickly exhausted when we started "What if the sun was shining and cars started falling out of the sky?" "would that be a mechanics wedding?" "What if bread fell out the sky?". When my friend suggest what if it was raining at night and the moon was shining? "what if - what?" we all asked to affirm if this was a stupid idea or what??? "Ja" he said, "What if it was full moon and you had could, rain and the moon was shining under the cloud have the same thing like a Monkey wedding, but at night. We all retorted that monkeys would be sleeping, quickly adding that baboons would be doing the same thing!!' "Not so quickly" he said, "What about bush babies?" It was one of those clever answers we had never expected, but our friend never got the full advantage of his answer as the rain cleared and we cleared out of the house, never really giving much thought to the actual existence of a bushbaby wedding. Or not realizing that this would be possible. So have you ever had one of these discussion and it has lurked in the background until it eventually happens.
During July we had copious amounts of rain in St. Lucia. Compared to the previous year, four times as much, compared to two year ago, ten times as much. So much rain means that when you are out and about on tour, chances that you will get a good soaking are certain. never possible to stay out of the rain during high rainfall periods. Every type rain will follow and find you. Believe or not - so did a bushbaby wedding. However, did I tell the guests how we stumbled upon the name "Bushbaby wedding"? Not a chance, but they still liked the concept. Trip was good all round with loads of animals and heralded a great week of leopard sightings.
Hasta la vista my friends
The Knait Wrydah.