Beginning in 1981 Harper Collins published a series called A Day In The Life Of… and assigned a hoard photographers to go to Spain or California or Israel and photograph a single day’s activities there. Oct. 28, 2009 was kind of like that for us only we were put down in Etosha National Park in Namibia in the southwest corner of Africa. Not at all a bad place to be put down…
Etosha: October 28, 2009
Etosha can be a bit bleak but it is chock full of animals and our Africa In Focus travelers were raring to go for a game drive at 630am for full day in the park. The photos in this post were all taken on a single day there: an early morning game drive, an afternoon game drive and evening at the rhino watching fence of our own Okaukuejo Camp water hole. The results of the day were my favorite lion shot and my favorite elephant shot in the entire six weeks.
What a fine looking fellow this is!
Below: I can’t help it but looking at this elephant shot always makes me smile.
Something about his head towering above all the trees, walking slowly toward our truck. He reminds me of a flying saucer or a little boy playing peekaboo. It also shows another side of Etosha – the mopani forest, filled with trees and probably danger if you’re an impala or a zebra not knowing what lurks behind the next tree.
Another shot that brings a smile is this giraffe clearly leaning away from the lion. The lion is not acting in a threatening way, clearly not interested but you just can’t entirely trust those lions.
Speaking of lions: the above shot shows a female lion with her prey – maybe a gnu or zebra, kind of hard to tell. She’s in the back of the picture and several hyenas would like to drive her off. For her part the lioness is remarkably (to me) unconcerned. After we watched the mini-drama for several minutes, another half-dozen hyenas trooped in from the south. You might think this would have caused the lioness to leave or become agitated but no. Just calmly went on munching her dinner. Finally, the bravest of the hyenas got up the courage to get close enough to snag a single bone which is what you see here. We left with the status about as quo as when we got there.
One of the two candidates for the “world’s cutest animal” – this is some serious cuteness in a dik dik. We startled it driving down the road and it hardly knew what to do: run, hide, squat down?
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