A mother giraffe nuzzles her baby. In this piece I wanted to use light and shape to form "hearts" representing a mother's love for her child. The shape of the mother giraffe's arched neck forms one "heart" and the shape of the lighting on her rump forms a second "heart" in the image. (Coyright and website text do NOT appear on original, prints, or products)
There are nine subspecies of giraffe. The most well-known of these are probably the Reticulated and the Masai. These two subspecies can be distinguished by their spots. The reticulated giraffe has solid spots that neatly fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. The Masai spots are more uneven in color and have jaggedy edges that don't fit together as neatly as the reticulated giraffe's. Other subspecies of giraffe are the Angolan, Kordofan, Nubian, Rothschild's, Rhodesian, South African, and West African. The only living relative of the giraffe is the okapi.