Today is my birthday and I dedicate this safari to my mother Mariella, a strong, smart, beautiful and kind woman who has always been there for me and my family. In the small town where we both grew up she was known for her beauty (a bit of a problem for my self-esteem) and her height. 1.76 m is an average stature today, but in 1950s Italy she literally stuck out from the crowd, and was often asked: "how is the weather up there?" Thinking of this I gathered some pretty giraffes, animals that are particularly dear to me, and that like her have very strong motherly instincts.
On Giraffe Pond by Michael Sowa
Snacking happy family by Meg Hunt
I know a giraffe: a tall tale by David Omar White, 1965, thanks to Rad Library
children's book illustration from borisbo's flickr photostream
(worth a visit because he's also a very interesting graphic designer)
Two giraffe paintings by Naoto Kitamura
Giraffe by the ever playful Toshiyuki Fukuda