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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This beautiful creature came directly up to the back porch of some friends' home, to drink from the water well. This photo makes it look like the Nyala has rivulets of pure gold down her fur, but they don't always look quite so. The white marines on the "muzzle" seem so consistent that it reminds me, as so many other things do in Africa, of the power of evolution and the "sameness" of species.