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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Elephant Herd Walking

These elephants came from a lake where they took pleasure playing with the water. When done, they simply walked up the hill and past our Land Cruiser. It looks as if they might do something threatening, but they were as gentle as bunny rabbits. One does respect these animals. On several occasions I was too close to "momma" who sensed we were a threat. The power and mass is instantly cringe-worthy. This herd walked down a hill in into woods seeking snacks from tree bark.