Send in your photos, folkx! (That’s the ideologically correct spelling of “folks”.) I am in desperate need of wildlife pictures.
Here’s today’s contributor, as described in a previous post:
Today’s photos come from Rosemary Alles, who lives in South Africa and works for a conservation organization that partners with local people. Her narrative and captions are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
I am an American living (temporarily) in SA. These pics were taken from my small studio in rural South Africa and while within the greater Kruger region. I am originally from Sri-Lanka, a war-torn nation just to the south of India. My family and I immigrated to the west to escape a violent civil war in Lanka.here. We focus primarily on indigenous women/children at the intersection of conservation.You can find more about us (the work our org does)
Her narration is indented:
Here are a few more from our most recent trip with the kiddos. Will send you more eventually. Nothing new; however, there’s an interesting sighting: a breeding herd of elephants walked (intentionally) into a pride of lions, and the two dominant male lions got up – immediately- and gave way to the elephants, (specifically, to the matriarch) signaling “no contest and surrender”. It was too dark for a video clip. A single data point, but it confirms my pseudoscientific hypothesis that the real king of the forest is the elephant.
Here is a warthog she has befriended, sent on the occasion of Agustín Fuentes’s claim that the sexes aren’t binary:
He’s my friend Colonel Ballsy. He shows up (sometimes) in a tutu, but alas, still a male. Cheers from South Africa, where we are not as confused as Agustín Fuentes.
JAC: This is the common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus).
Lion [Panthera leo]:
Baby elephant [ African bush elephant, Loxodonta africana]
13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos”
Splendid set!… ahem.. quite a pair of warthog photos, there…
I applied the FedEx rule (the arrow) to “folkx” and best I got was a little fishy with a wispy tail maybe eating kelp.
… so the “kx” part resembles like a fish eating kelp. Maybe.
Thank you TP. Yes, Colonel Ballsy is *magnificent* in every way! 🙂
What magnificent, evocative photos! Taken from the safety of a Land-Rover, I hope?
The light and clouds are just splendid.
I’ll leave others to comment on Col. Ballsy 🙂
Greetings Susan, Colonel Ballsy is a lovely chap, he’s around almost everyday; he’s getting *older*, ergo, and mostly, he hangs around the waterhole, napping. Occasionally, he wakes up in a start to chase the other animals away – mostly competing males.
Generally, he’s benign.
Such exciting photos and a great cause.
I thought warthogs were dangerous to people. Sounds like he’s a nice guy though.
Thank you dear Debra, and thank you so much for your support.
Great pictures! It took me a moment to understand the 2nd picture of Colonel Ballsy (😅).
😅. ha ha ha. In all honesty, I took that pic for my teenage niece who thinks the *penis is a social construct*, it’s not clear to me if she’s trying to -wickedly- annoy me or because she really believes it. Gender ideology is a nasty virus.
Eyeballing a Warthog, that was a rare treat! thanks.
Here’s around my place almost everyday, and, after he’s chased everyone else away (mostly competing males) he takes a nap by the little water hole that my landlady has very kindly installed for the wildlife…
Your photos of African fauna are always a treat. Thanks for these excellent photos. Beautiful skyscape on that first elephant photo. Colonel Ballsy will be remembered!
🙂 I *adore* my buddy Colonel Ballsy. I may write him in for POTUS in 2024.
Thank you for the compliment Mark. I’ll pass it onto Ballsy.
Thank you for the compliments everyone. Much appreciated, I’ll pass them onto Ballsy.