Yawning Hippo

Happy hippos?  This might give you a different impression of the chubby cuties depicted in cartoons and children's literature.  I took this shot at the Tanzanian hippo pool shown here in an earlier blog.  It's a close-up of the hippo in the center-lower-right part of the pool. Hippos lay around in the water all day to … Continue reading Yawning Hippo

Wildebeest

  The umbilical cord still visible on the calf indicated this was probably the calf's first feeding.  We saw several scenes like this inside the Ngorongoro Crater. A funny-looking animal, the wildebeest has a long face like a moose, mane like a horse, horns like a cow, ears like a donkey, beard like no other, and a hump. … Continue reading Wildebeest

African Weaver

There are several varieties of beautiful birds in Tanzania, but the African Weaver was the easiest to photograph.  I found this guy in a tree next to the road as we descended into the Ngorongoro Crater. With the top of the safari truck popped up, I was almost at eye level with it. Technically, this is … Continue reading African Weaver

Rafiki

Thirty minutes before sunrise, I was on a rocky ledge overlooking the Serengeti Plain, hoping to catch some pinks and purples peaking through the clouds.  The lookout point was an extended part of  Lobo Lodge, where we stayed on the second night of safari; it had a railing, which made me feel safe.   (Later, … Continue reading Rafiki

Bull Elk

I found this beautiful bull elk tending his harem near Estes Park.  It was early morning, about an hour after sunrise.  The temperature was low 40's, cold enough to see his breath when he bugled. His harem of approximately two dozen were grazing in the tall grass, aware of my presence but not bothered by it. … Continue reading Bull Elk

Short Cut

  Nebraska's Schramm Park Aquarium and Nature Center has an area for bird watching. Sitting comfortably within spitting distance to several bird feeders, several binoculars are available to observe the birds. Additionally, there is a small video screen that displays close-up photos of all of the bird varieties that come to the feeder.  This makes … Continue reading Short Cut

Who’s Counting?

Spring break and the grandkids were out of school, so we piled in the car and headed south. Clear skies, light winds and moderate temps -- a perfect day to witness the massive spring migration of waterfowl at Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge, near Mound City, Missouri. Squaw Creek is an ideal place for the birds … Continue reading Who’s Counting?

Mrs. Bullwinkle

A Kodak moment always comes when you least expect it.  Recently, I was strolling the streets of Teton Pines near Jackson, Wyoming when a Kodak moment hit me upside my head.  It had finally stopped raining, and I needed some fresh air, so I grabbed my security blanket (camera) and began exploring the neighborhood. About … Continue reading Mrs. Bullwinkle

Lion Cubs

Exciting times here in the Midwest, a new litter of lion cubs born at the zoo (Duh!  Did I have to mention that lions are not indigenous to Nebraska?)  about three weeks ago.  This little fella was the only one awake, tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, pacing the floor, like he had something … Continue reading Lion Cubs