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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Leopard Couple

These are the two whom I referenced before. The single male was approached by the smaller and "softer" female, who was rejected or ignored twice before by the male before they "finally" engaged in the mating ritual. Looking closely at the picture shows the female staring directly at me, and the male is ferocious looking, with teeth exposed and definitely a hostile look on his face.