My recent trip to Africa was one of the great trips of my life. Seeing animals in their natural habitat is a concept that sticks in your brain for a long time. There are animals who have evolved there over many millions of years, adapted to their environments, are not bound by cages or bars, and have learned to live with each other. It's possible to see how humankind evolved from this setting, but it's almost impossible to imagine the scale of time required to do so. The trip was full of amazing surprises, one after another.  

Lioness with fly
Sleeping Lion
Like Mother, Like Daughter
White Bird, Blue Sky
Male Lion in Sunshine
Elephant Herd Walking
Leopard In Wait
Leopard Couple
Victoria Falls




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White Bird, Blue Sky

This was taken while in a makoro, a pretty flat-bottomed boat, pushed by experienced guides in Botswana. At the time, we were moving through the water and saw this in the distance, beautifully framed by the branches and twigs, against an extremely blue sky. Capturing this with only a second to spare before he dipped out of a good shot was a lucky and rewarding moment.