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29 September 2009 @ 06:01 pm
Lions  
I guess lions need no introduction. Everyone who goes to Africa for wildlife viewing has them on their list of must-see animals I guess. The guide almost laughed when I first asked him if we'd see lions on the safari. Only after a few days in the Serengeti did I realize why he laughed because lions seemed to be everywhere. We saw lions sitting, standing, eating, drinking, sleeping, stalking, hunting (a failed hunt), and even mating. I never had luck with the light for photography on the whole trip, but I feel fortunate enough to have seen lions and other magnificent creatures in the Serengeti.











Trees are scare on the plains which means they serve as thrones for the masters of the plains







Under a tree by the roadside







Prime rib feast







Mating







Lion crossing







Drinking water







A lion at Tarangire







Opportunistic stalking. A waterbuck moved too close to a sleeping lion without knowing about the lion's presence







The lion got distracted in the last minute and tried to go after one which was further away than the one that was close. It was not really a honest attempt but more like a "Go away or I'll catch you" kinda thing.







They come that close to vehicles...







A lone lioness lying in the grass without being discovered by the elephant herd in the background







Lioness and cubs. The lioness had just killed and was taking her cubs to the kill. A lone Cape Buffalo looks at the family on its way to the feast.






Three bachelor males



 
 
 
Mel: Heronkendokamel on September 30th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
Awesome!
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on September 30th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Very nice.
Margaretrivendweller on September 30th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you again, my good friend, for lifting my spirits.
sandeep: eyedeepsan on September 30th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
The lioness and elephants photo is beautiful.
Jessicajojobear99 on September 30th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
those pictures are awesome! I especially like the first one...
dr_koolaimzzdakini_bones on September 30th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Awesome!
Kittehs!!
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on September 30th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
I particularly liked the drinking water and the one with the elephants, but they're great. I so envy you.
kejnkejn on September 30th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
LOVE!

africa did not let you down, and you're certainly not letting US down. :)
Smithasmittenbyu on September 30th, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
just awesome!
Aparna: Animalsinspirethoughts on October 1st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Beautiful!

Wow...the lions almost walk among humans. Holy Cow!
shahnaz_kimi on October 7th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures Yathin....