*Spots, Dots, Stripes and the King*

It is amazing, absolutely amazing, to observe the African animals in their natural habitat.  Each having very unique characteristics, behaviors and survival instincts.  Blending into their surroundings.  Relying on one another with their different strengths and weaknesses.  Sensing danger.  Providing food.  Protecting the young.  It’s survival of the fittest.

Observing and photographing.  Wishing at times you were closer, could place the animal in that perfect light or turn them a certain way…but this is just shooting, where they are and how they are.  Sometimes patiently waiting out that perfect shot, that may or may not happen.  But sometimes those lions cross the road right infront of your Land Cruiser.  Cats are feasting on a kill.  That cheetah by the road poses so perfectly.  Giraffes come to the watering hole at the same time as you.  A lion or leopard is sleeping up in a tree.

My husband’s comment to someone the other day was that he doesn’t think anyone could go to East Africa and be disappointed.  I agree!

Being out in the African wilderness…it’s magic.

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Food for giraffes with their leathery tongues…white thorn acacia

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On our walking safari at Lake Naivasha…

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Our cute little nephew on the walking safari

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(Stripes is for zebras, not tigers…contrary to what many think, there are no wild tigers in Africa).  All of the following images were taken in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

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Keep scrolling down for more posts of our recent Afrikan adventure!

21 March 2010 - 7:44 am

BEAUTI - Thank you for all the wonderful comments!

19 March 2010 - 5:04 pm

Andrea - INCREDIBLE – I can’t beleive the amount of animals you saw on your trip! And obviously you didn’t miss a single opportunity to take AMAZING photos! You are such a talent Jenelle! And it’s so inspiring to see how quickly you have refined your craft since you started doing it full-time. Bravo!

Can’t wait to see you on Thursday for lunch!

18 March 2010 - 7:26 pm

Jody - I absolutely love living vicariously through you! Your photography is so amazing, great shots.
The lion in the tree is real cute, just want to snuggle with him up there 😉

17 March 2010 - 5:17 pm

Keala C. - Ok, Lovely – I AM SPEECHLESS! These pictures are superb, breathtaking, and a whole lot more! and hope one day to experience Africa myself!!!

17 March 2010 - 10:03 am

Daysha - Totally amazing Jenelle! i love shots of toothpick trees!

16 March 2010 - 8:49 pm

Carol Stewart - Excellent. So glad that Mandy directed me to the site. Happy that you are home safe.

16 March 2010 - 5:32 pm

Shauna - Awww, love love love the giraffe ones!!!! First one is super awesome and the lion with his head peakin thru… it’s like he is givin me a hug 🙂 haha these are super super awesome i’m feeling like i was there again!! super cute shot of Tace he looks sooo happy! And you did a great job with the zebras as well… pretty neat how these all turned out.
Did you see the lion kill the wildabeast?
i just might need a copy of some of these for me wall!!

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