Driving through the Kruger National Park during the day in summertime, does not afford the best opportunities to spot animals. However, if you look carefully amidst the shadows, below trees, and in the long grass, you will probably see some nocturnal hunters taking a relaxing morning nap. Best to just let sleeping cats lie. Relax is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, this week, and images of these Lions completely relaxed below the tress are my response to the prompt.
Bob Marley’s “One Love” asked “What about – ? Let’s get together and feel all right”, perhaps we can take a few cues from the Animal Kingdom 🙂
One love is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, and images of interaction between animals from my recent game drives are my response to the prompt…
Driving through the Kruger National Park, one can expect that you will come upon wildlife sightings on a regular basis. More often than not, someone gets there or is there before you, and the opportunity to get a decent view and photograph is determined by this. Every now and then you get to a sighting first, that presents an opportunity to get a decent sighting, and not to mention, unobstructed photographs. Perhaps there’s a sense of safety in numbers, but the encounters on your own seem to have an amplified sense of danger. On a drive through the Kruger earlier this year, we were fortunate to come across 3 male Lions having an early morning “catnap” :-), very close to the roadside. One of them was well concealed in the grass and the other two were alongside one another under the shade of a tree. One of the two under the tree momentarily twitched a foot as the vehicle came to standstill alongside them, which prompted me to be a very careful as I gently opened the window to get a few photographs of the trio. Careful is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the sleeping Lions is my response to the prompt…………………..
We all have a notion of food chains and how they work, though it’s unlikely that we get to see how they happen while going through our daily routines. I was recently driving through the Kruger National Park, when I arrived at a scene which was a hive of activity, yet it appeared as though most of the activity was over. Cars that had literally wedged themselves between one another, we’re starting to move on, allowing room for later arrivals like me to get closer to the action. I casually enquired from another driver what the fuss was about. He told me I had missed the action by a few minutes, a Leopard had chased down and killed an impala, and before getting an opportunity to finish the hard earned meal, had lost it to few opportunistic hyenas, shortly after that some vultures arrived and sent the hyenas packing. The vultures were busy finishing off the carcass when I got there. More often than not one sees vultures in a tree or circling overhead. Perhaps you’ll agree, seeing them so close while devouring a carcass was a bit creepy! Creepy is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week and images of the vultures are my response to the prompt.
My blogs been quiet for bit while I’ve been away, so this is my first post for the New Year.. Perhaps a bit late, either way, Happy New Year to all, hope its going to be a wonderful year for all of us. Thank you to all followers of this blog, and others who visit from time to time, without you, the blog would have no purpose …………..
It was 34deg C at the Kruger National Park as we drove up to this pool of water alongside the road. An absolute picture of serenity, and tranquillity, an oasis amidst the extreme heat. Many would have been tempted to just jump in and absorb it all, except would have been alert to the fact that this is a park where wild animals roam freely. Seconds later, this Hippo broke the surface of the water, had a casual glimpse around and re-immersed into the pool, reinforcing the serenity of the place.
Serenity is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week………….