Lens-Artist-PC-48-Wild

 

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When I think  ‘wild’, I think…

of the ocean…

…and rugged waves smashing on to the shore…

 

 

and a rolling swell and frighteningly rough surface.

Nature at its best.

 

My second thought is of wildlife.

Specifically, African wildlife.

As we left camp one morning

we saw our first ‘up close’ hyena.

It did not mind that is was the focus of our attention,

after all it did belong in the park

and we were the intruders.

Late the third day of our first African Safari

we were alerted to a leopard sighting.

Above is the leopard and below the tree it is in.

The leopard is on the top branch.

Its head and ear are a give away

when you know where to look.

The last evening we had an unexpected game drive

and again found ‘Limpy’ and this her her cubs.

Limpy remained in this position about 50 metre from us.

However, children being children, were inquisitive…

…and both came to do some tourist spotting from

a pile of elephant dung around 20 feet from us.

After 20 minutes of only cameras clicking

and whispered comments we lost the sun.

In that 20 minutes I captured around 300 images

of these 8 week old cubs.

 

 

Our first encounter with ‘Limpy’, so named

because she malformed front paw.

We were also told that she could

easily bring down an impala when hunting.

We nearly ran over her as she was resting

on a track around a sharp bend

and our did not see her.

Not sure who was frightened the most.

I still remember the goose bumps on my arms

as she turned her head and looked straight up my lens.

Sadly, she was dead in less than 12 months.

We received the news whilst in Botswana.

She had a contagious disease

and veterinarians euthanized her.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Wild

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Wild

 

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18 thoughts on “Lens-Artist-PC-48-Wild

  1. A great collection of wild African animals! The little cub is just wonderful – but so sad to hear about his mother. I understand you are looking forward to next visit!

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    • Yes. It was sad to hear of her death. Our guide relayed the news to us. His family were very disappointed because Limpy lived on their wildlife reserve. Needless to say she was an attraction for tourists.

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  2. What a great collection, Woolly. I keep circling back to the shot of the little cub. I have to remind myself that this incredibly sweet animal grows up into a fierce hunter!! What wonderful experiences!

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    • And they had a fierce hunter protector not too far away. We will never forget that experience as we asked an African artist too draw (pencil/charcoal and minus the scrub) a photo for us. They following year we did the same with a leopard photo. Our African souvenirs hang proudly in our living room to be admired.

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