2020-09-27: Lions

I had several wonderful lion sightings during my time in Kenya, and decided that these big cats would be the focus of my images for today. While in Selenkay, the lion sightings were late in the day with fading late, so the images aren’t the greatest, but I have fantastic memories. Not long after the first few images were taken, the cubs were playing on a tree stump when the two males starting roaring; the sound was intense as they were very close to the vehicle, and the cubs stopped in their tracks, almost as if they were in awe of the sound they were hearing. For me, looking at these pictures takes me right back to the moment they were captured.

I hope you enjoy, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

A curious cub approached our vehicle to check us out. At about 15 feet out it thought better of getting any closer.
There were lots of sticks available, but these two insisted on playing with the same one.
The cubs with one of the male lions.
A different pair of cubs, much smaller than the others, but from the same pride. The mother had not yet brought these little ones tonkin the rest of the pride.
A group of three young males seen in the Maasai Mara. The guide told me they had fairly recently been evicted from their pride.
Enjoying the last remnants of a meal; there were jackals close by hoping to steal a morsel or two.

2020-05-31: Lions at rest

Sunday as a day of rest seems a distant memory right now; and while I wish I could be chilling out like these lions, I have coursework to do instead.

Spending a little time on my photography gives me the opportunity to flex my creative muscles and gets me energized again to get back to work. I think though that once finals are done in August, I’ll be looking quite like these lions on the weekends until classes go back again in September.

Wishing you all the best for a positive week ahead.

2018-04-10: WPC – Smile

The photo prompt of the week is smile; either an image of a smile, or something that makes you smile.  Since baby animals are a universal crowd pleaser, here are a fewer images of youngsters that have made me smile.

I hope you enjoy!

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A trio of cheetah cubs braving a late afternoon windstorm.  Their mother was nearby, definitely ill at ease because of the weather.

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Looks at the big full bellies of these lion cubs.  They were going back and forth between the females, greeting each with affection.

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A pair of leopard cubs playing amongst the fallen branches in a ravine.  These two were all over the place; there Mom definitely had her work cut out for her.

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The tiniest lion cubs I have had the privilege of seeing.  Their Mom had brought down a giraffe calf, but these two were more interested in playing than feeding.  They were under 3 weeks old.

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An elephant calf having a go at the balance beam 🙂  He came pretty close to ending up in a heap on the ground, but recovered from it well.

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I don’t think I have ever seen anyone smiling as much as our ranger when we were at this sighting.  To say he was thrilled is a complete understatement.  A dream come true, once in a lifetime moment on safari.

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This is where mama leopard stashed her two youngsters.  The hollowed log didn’t make for the best photo opportunities, but it did make for a very safe spot for these leopard cubs to stay hidden and out of danger.

WPC: Smile

2017-05-08: Monochrome Monday

I decided on a bit of a mixed bag this week from my time in Kenya.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

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A lion contemplating whether to get up, or go back to sleep.  Sleep won, at least while we were there.

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A group of wildebeest make it to the banks of the river, avoiding the crocodiles and being trampled.

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One elephant of a large herd that passed through the Ol Kinyei Conservancy near the Masai Mara.  It was such a joy to spend time with so many ellies.

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A small group of wildebeest crossing a part of the Amboseli marsh.

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A lioness on patrol in the Mara.

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2017-03-14: WPC Wish

The prompt for the week is to show a wish, and mine is simple, but it seems at the moment, not easy at all.  I wish for all these beautiful, wild creatures to be safe, and have the opportunity to live long, natural lives without knowing the horror of poaching or human / wildlife conflict.

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A tender moment between mama and baby.  Truly a magical thing to witness.  Uganda, September 2016.

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A bachelor group of elephants in Queen Elizabeth Park.  September, 2016.

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A pair of lion cubs playing in the Masai Mara.  September, 2016.

 

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WPC Wish

2016-06-17: Feel Good Friday

These lions were amazing to spend time with while in the Sabi Sands in South Africa.  Over the course of a few days we spent time with them on two kudo kills, watched as the female chose which of her suitors she preferred (the one pictured here, of course) and even saw them mating several times.  Animal interaction in the bush is always exciting, and I learned new things which each game drive.

Thinking about spending time in the bush, and looking through my pictures, certainly helps to put me in a great mood 🙂

Here’s to a great weekend ahead!

Enjoy your Friday! 🙂

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Yawn… it’s the end of the week.