Africa

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
Rhinoceros
Like Mother, Like Daughter
White Bird, Blue Sky
Male Lion in Sunshine
Elephant Herd Walking
Leopard In Wait
Leopard Couple
Nyala
Victoria Falls

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

These rhinos seem as perfect a match as possible, conjuring up a vision of DNA and evolutionary forces at work and with obvious consequences. What pleases me most about this is that every part is in synch, from the horn to the ears to the eyes to the stance. It's awful to think of the 'protectiveness' of the mother being terribly disrupted by threat.