Some handsome waterbucks

I really liked the waterbucks, especially because they have a white circle on their butts. I don’t know why that entertained me so much, but it really did.* The waterbucks are a common, large antelope that roam around sub-Saharan Africa. We usually saw them at a nearby watering hole that was attractive to a large number of different animals.

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White circles on butts!
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Waterbuck
Waterbuck
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Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Waterbuck
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Waterbuck
Waterbuck
Waterbuck

I swear this particular waterbuck noticed I had a camera and was posing for photos.

Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck

*At least you know I’m honest.

A den of bat-eared foxes

I’m going to invest a lot of time in sharing some of the amazing mammals I saw on my trip…but I haven’t lost my love of insects! (Or birds, they’re coming!) These are not the most amazing photos, but such a cool animal!

Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
Fox den
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
Quite a good glower
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
Slinky fox
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)
Bat eared foxes (Otocyon megalotis)

The Cheetah

I’m back! Here’s a treat for you, potentially the most exciting thing I saw on my trip (see if you can guess where)…

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Possibly my favorite photo because of his expression, even though his eyes are closed.

So the story of this cheetah is that I was working with a PhD student whose project was to study the foraging behavior of elephants. She had to follow elephants and watch everything thing they eat for an hour, then take samples to study their nutritional content. This involved a lot of driving around the bush like a mad woman chasing elephants.

One day we were chasing an elephant and I shouted, “WHOA! Hit the brakes!”

She slammed on the brakes and I hit the front of the car (as I was standing up through the roof as one does when driving around the African bush). “There’s a giant cat in front of the car!” At the time, in my excitement, I couldn’t figure out whether it was a leopard or a cheetah.

She turned off the engine and stood up through the roof and shouted, “Where!?”

“Right in front of the car!” I shouted.

“Where!?”

“Right in front of the car!”

“Where!?”

“LITERALLY RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CAR!” and I pointed 10 meters in front of the hood where a cheetah was lazily lounging on the ground.

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
He glanced at us but did not seem to mind our presence at all.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
And looked majestic
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Occasionally, he looked around at Impala and we hoped he would chase one
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
He even sat up at one point, but he did not chase them.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Close up
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
He gave us so much time to photograph him that I also decided to photograph his amazing feet.
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Eventually, he lazily got up and walked away slowly (look at how skinny he is!!)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
I like this one where he’s looking up at the sky
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
As he walked away, he checked under every bush for some reason (maybe looking for a snack)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
What a glorious animal!

I hope you enjoy him as much as I did!

Traveling and a gif gallery

I’m going to be traveling for a few weeks, so here is a collection of cute gifs!


(Jim Carrey turning into Clint Eastwood)

Yaaaassss


I am this red panda

He pulls this wasp nest out of the ground!

Bald Eagle Sighting

I was helping a friend in New York finish a wood floor last weekend, and we were lucky enough to spot this handsome devil. Of course, in my best photo of him there is a branch right across his face, but he is still handsome.
Bald Eagle
This is a great…oh wait
Bald Eagle
Hmmm…maybe if I just lean a little
Bald Eagle
No wait!
Bald Eagle
Don’t gooooooooooo
Bald Eagle
Sigh
Bald Eagle

Holidays through a child’s eyes

I shared (nervously) my camera with my seven year old cousin and my ten year old niece this holiday and it was actually a great opportunity to spend time with them and also to see my family through their eyes.  I wanted to share some of these photos with you (even though they are technically not mine? ownership is confusing in this) and then I just happened to come across this article in NPR where they allowed child brides to take photos of each other and share their stories.  Obviously, my niece and cousin have not had the traumatic lives these child brides have had, but I was amazed at how similar the concept of sharing a camera was.

Even though it can be a little nerve-wracking to share something like a camera with someone else, it is really a great way to see the world through their eyes…give it a try some time!

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This is my niece! We had a great time doing a photoshoot. I’ll share some of her photos first
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She liked taking photos of the tree markers.
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Great story about this one…she was taking photos of the sign, but I thought she was taking photos of the deer right behind it! I said, “Wow! That’s a great shot of the deer!” and she said, “What deer?” Haha, we all see different things.
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She found a sharp-shinned hawk
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This is my cousin!
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He took a great photo of his mom
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And I love this photo he took of everyone sitting around the dinner table
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Ceiling fan
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See, I would never think to photograph the dish sponges!
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My sister is much more likely to smile at him than me haha