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Your Daily Elephant: Eyelashes

Each of the more than 200 lashes around my eye is shed every three to five months on average. Has anyone ever done research on the shed rate of elephant eyelashes?

photograph by Cheryl Merrill
photograph by Cheryl Merrill

I could.  Or I could watch the sunlight on his five-inch eyelashes forever.



Cheryl Merrill’s essays have been published in Fourth Genre, Pilgrimage, Brevity, Seems, South Loop Review, Ghoti, Alaska Quarterly Review, Adventum and Isotope. “Singing Like Yma Sumac” was selected for the Best of Brevity 2005 and Creative Nonfiction #27. It was also included in the anthology Short Takes: Model Essays for Composition, 10th Edition. Another essay, “Trunk,” was chosen for Special Mention in Pushcart 2008. She is currently working on a book about elephants: Larger than Life: Living in the Shadows of Elephants.

2 thoughts on “Your Daily Elephant: Eyelashes

  1. The eyes on the elephant are truly amazing. This is a wonderful shot Cheryl as you captured the light on the eyelashes perfectly. Lovely! Be well… ^..^

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