Great Rift Valley

Great Rift Valley, Kenya, October 2010.

As I look over the fence, leaving the stall holders pleading for attention behind me, I look at The Start. The Great Rift Valley is where they say it all began, where humankind started to diverge from the other apes.

This part of the valley is now filled with greenhouses sheltering hothouse flowers flown to cold Europe. Many of the workers live in cottages that are not dissimilar to ones that housed factory workers in England during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century.

But from high above, none of that is apparent.

“All that we can do, is to keep steadily in mind that each organic being is striving to increase at a geometrical ratio; that each at some period of its life, during some season of the year, during each generation or at intervals, has to struggle for life, and to suffer great destruction. When we reflect on this struggle, we may console ourselves with the full belief, that the war of nature is not incessant, that no fear is felt, that death is generally prompt, and that the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.”

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

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One thought on “Great Rift Valley

  1. Suzanne says:

    What a beautiful place!

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