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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Lioness with fly

This is one of my favorites. This lioness was among a group that got up and moved to another spot, and this was taken during that transit. The look of concentration on her face is intense to me. It reminds me of my grandfather, who sometimes took on the persona of a deep deep thinker while doing other things. The fly seems to instantly and accurately conjure up a summation of the interaction of the animals big and small in their natural environment.