I haven’t forgotten those of you who sent in animal and plant photos, and I’ll be posting them at intervals. Don’t forget that if you take some good wildlife snaps, email them to me for consideration.
We’ll start with the gold standard: a professional photographer, Michael Durham, who’s just returned from a trip to Zimbabwe. He’s submitted for our consideration two photos, and I’ll reproduce his descriptions:
[This] photo is of a very young African genet (species uncertain) that had just been turned into Vivian John Wilson of the Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The staff at the orphanage very rarely see these nocturnal, secretive animals. A concerned resident found it in her drive (it had probably fallen or been pushed out of a tree cavity where it was being raised). Vivian Wilson is a 79 year old research biologist who has been doing field work in Africa for over fifty years. He has a lot in his CV, but it best known here for his duiker research and book: He is missing one finger from a puff adder bite.
Make sure you click both photos to enlarge (twice, with an interval between, to get the full impression):
[This] image is a hover fly taken with a high-speed camera. I have to catch these to photograph them (they are released unharmed). I found African insects on average to be far more challenging to catch than their North American cousins. I loved the striped eyes. The equivalent shutter speed here is around 1/30,000 of a second.
Note the pollen on the bottom of its thorax.