Tendons and bones and muscle, oh my!
Likewise, the nearest I've ever got to a big cat was a footprint of a lion in Zimbabwe.
It looks like you enjoyed yourself. :-)
Oh wow ... So wish to have seen this live myself!
It was spectacular. I recommend trying to go on a night drive if you ever go on safari. They're not permitted on most parts of the Maasai Mara/Serengeti reservation, but there are areas outside it where you can.
Glad you're back! Especially if you took a ton of photos like this!
Thank you! I have a lot of photos like this. Won't spoil it by telling you which game animals they are yet.
HOLY SHIT IT'S A LION (GET IN THE CAR ETC ETC).
Damn. That is cool. Damn.
FIVE LIONS OMG
We were downwind of them and they were occupied, so although it was a chilling sight, I wasn't too scared. Until the wind changed direction and the last lioness to eat suddenly lifted her head and began sniffing pointedly in our direction. We left pretty quickly.
HOLY FUCK you got that picture? DAMN girl. Please, can you be any more awesome?
I still can't quite believe I got this lucky. It's unusual to be able to do a night drive in the area, and of course you can't ask for the animals to be in the right place at the right time for you to observe behaviour like this.
Welcome back. Glad you are safe and please dont worry about boring us, I suspect I am not the only one who has been anticipating a varied travelogue.
Lovely photo though I suspect the expressions of Telstar and Sputnik will be more wild because of you abandoning them ;)
Thank you. We phoned the bloke's parents after our return to find out how the boys were doing. It turns out they've been getting double rations of gooshy food. They have also learned how to kill rabbits, large rats and pheasants. Egads.
Welcome home. Looking forward to photos.
Thank you. Me too, although with over 3000 to sort through I don't expect it will be a quick process.
2010-07-20 20:55 (UTC)
How did they react to the presence of the jeep? Or were they blase about it?
They were blase about the jeep right up until the point where the wind changed direction and they could smell us. The one lioness who was still eating suddenly put up her head and started sniffing in our direction. We took that as our cue to leave.
Nanila!!! [HUGE HUG]
"For my next trick, I shall turn into a National Geographic photographer."
That's not a trick; that's a natural progression. =:o}
Thank you! [hugs back]
Oh, I wish that were a natural progression. I think it's more likely that my next incarnation will be something along the lines of "science advocate".
So amazing! I hope you post more. I promise not to be bored one bit.
Okay, I will! I'm still trying to decide how detailed to be. I'm impatient to get to the "awesome safari" bit.
2010-07-20 22:47 (UTC)
Yeah, once the wind changed direction and they finally smelled us, we left pretty quickly!
welcome back! and that is a wonderful photo. what was the lighting?
Thank you. The lighting was the headlights of the truck (Mitsubishi Pajero - a really old one).
The night that happened and you twittered about it, I was out to dinner with E and the friend of mine who you recently met in London. I showed it around the table. We all stared at each other, wide-eyed and gape-mouthed, envious of and absolutely delighted for you.
Even between the three of us there weren't sufficient words then. There aren't any now.
She's gorgeous, isn't she?
I'm glad you guys thought it was as awesome as I did. It makes paying my upcoming mobile bill - which I'm not looking forward to - worthwhile!