One is exactly the number of gnu, also called wildebeest, I photographed in Botswana. Being wary animals and fast runners, many others eluded me. The gnu is another of the large antelope species native to Southern Africa.
Loosely separated from its herd, this gnu is taking a break from grazing on the African savanna.
Zebras are wild equines native to southern and eastern Africa. Famous for their stripes, it has been said that no two are alike.
This mountain zebra, one of the three species of zebras, stopped and looked my way from a ridgeline in central Namibia.
These three are plains zebras, the species I saw frequently in Botswana. A “dazzle” is the name for a group of zebras and these animals do dazzle with their dramatic stripes and their powerful bodies. I actually think the zebra on the right might be pregnant.
A trio of plains zebras blend into this Botswana landscape.
Is this zebra love?
I wonder what these plains zebras are talking about. Is it a serious topic?
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More snow and ice, but much closer to home than yesterday’s post! The Rocky Mountains photographed here are in Colorado, but the range actually begins in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Alberta and extends through six U.S. states. The jagged peaks of the Rockies are similar to those of the Himalayas of Tibet. They are known as fault-block mountains in which the earth’s crust is pulled apart, with some parts being thrust upward and others downward.
Can you feel the chill? It’s a cloudy day and the waters surrounding South Georgia Island are icy cold.
Our boat enters the protected waters of the Drygalski Fjord, a long, mile-wide bay cutting into the island.
Glacial ice empties into the fjord, and occasionally large chunks of ice break off or “calve” into the sea.
This image is from the same location on the same late afternoon as my two previous posts. All I had to do was look in the opposite direction and take a few steps. Here the cliffs overlooking a cove in Laguna Beach, California, are standing strong against the force of incoming breakers.
Aside from the occasional larger-than-normal wave, this clever seagull has found nature’s perfect bird bath. The gull flapped around in the water enjoying a bath, then quickly ascended whenever a large wave came crashing in. This cycle was repeated over and over again.
The bridge across the river in this Chinese provincial capital city is a fitting image for today’s challenge, which has the theme “circles”. To see all of today’s entries, go to Leanne Cole Photography. Better yet, if you like making monochrome images, read the details on Leanne’s post and join us next week!
This white rose is my contribution to today’s challenge, a weekly affair that has been curated and hosted by Australian Leanne Cole 219 times as of today. Pretty amazing! To see all of the entries in the current posting, go to Leanne Cole Photography. And consider joining in next time!
These arched stone windows have been preserved as part of a 13th century walled church in Kilmalloch, Ireland. Through the windows you can see the top of a round tower, possibly a former sentry tower or belfry, which is built into the surrounding wall. To see all the entries in today’s challenge, go to Leanne Cole’s blog. Thank you again, Leanne, for curating and hosting this interesting challenge!
This spookified rendition of an abandoned house is my entry in this week’s monochrome challenge, hosted by Leanne Cole Photography. To see all the other entries, which were posted yesterday, go to Leanne’s blog.