Snarl by MarselvanOosten

Well, not really. Quite often when you see a photograph of a yawning lion, the photographer will try to make you believe that it was snarling. When a lion starts yawning, the first part of the yawn will clearly look like a yawn, but at the very end of it, the expression on the face of the lion will indeed look like a growl or a snarl.

To make people believe that a lion is snarling when it is actually yawning, will spread the wrong idea about these cats, and will unnecessarily portray them as monsters. Humans like to monsterize predators, and that’s why we get Predator Week, Shark Week, The Deadliest This and The Deadliest That on television. It’s a shame, because these beautiful animals are so much more than just killing machines.

This lioness looks pretty vicious, but you guessed it – she’s yawning. Lions spend most of the day sleeping. A male may sleep from 18 to 20 hours a day. However following a large meal, these male cats may actually sleep an entire 24 hours of a day. Female lions are not far behind their male counterparts. They will easily sleep 15 to 18 hours a day. They spend more time caring for the pride and hunting.

In just a few months, I will lead two photo tours in Botswana where we will focus our attention on lions, and especially on lions hunting buffalo.

One of the places we will visit is Duba Plains, an island in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. The island has a herd of about 2,000 Cape buffalo, and a large pride of lions. Both buffalo and lion got there over a decade ago in a year when crossing the channels was possible. Since then both have pretty much been trapped on the island. For reasons nobody fully understands, the Duba lions mainly hunt during daylight – the reverse of the situation in most parts of Africa. This is obviously perfect for photography and our chances to see some lion action are much bigger here than anywhere else in Africa.

If you’ve never been to Botswana, then you absolutely should. It’s wildlife photography heaven. Our first tour is fully booked, but we have three openings on the 25 April – 4 May trip.

If you’re interested, then please check out our website for more information on this trip:
Buffalo, Lions & Wild Dogs

Hope to see you there!



©2016 Marsel van Oosten, All Rights Reserved. This image is not available for use on websites, blogs or other media without the explicit written permission of the photographer.

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____Angry Mama____ by hakem

Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) by EtienneOosthuizen


Caught these two bulls on the side of the herd busy fighting, it started lightly but soon turned rather aggressive, the backlit dust helps create a wonder full mood of intensity

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Jacob’s Ladder by intrepidphotos

The precipitous hairpins of Jacob’s Ladder make up one of the most dangerous stretches of road in Australia. Constructed in 1963 the road winds its way up between a break in the walls of dolerite to an extensive plateau above 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) altitude that makes up Ben Lomond. The highest spur on the plateau itself is Legges Tor, at 1,572 metres (5,157 ft). Ben Lomond is located east of Launceston in the Ben Lomond National Park, Tasmania. Australia
Love Life, Love Photography

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Amanite tue mouches by Andre_Villeneuve

L’amanite tue-mouches, comme d’autres membres de cette famille, est un champignon toxique !
En cas de consommation, elle provoque une accélération du pouls accompagnée d’une sensation d’ivresse.
Agissant comme une drogue, elle donne des hallucinations et des vertiges, dilate les pupilles et assèche la bouche…
Il y a des amanites qui se mangent, comme l’oronge, l’amanite fauve, l’amanite rougissante (bien cuite !)… mais en raison de confusion possible avec des espèces mortelles ou très toxiques, je déconseille leur consommation par des débutants en mycologie.
Il faut être prudent lorsque l’on consomme des amanites : certaines amanites tue-mouches perdent “les points blancs” de leur chapeau et se décolorent pour devenir oranges sous l’effet de la pluie, elles ressemblent alors à l’amanite des césars (oronge) qui est un excellent comestible.

Fly fungi account for 95% of all deaths due to mushroom poisoning.

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Last Minute by AaronGroen

A panoramic view of the approaching Severe Thunderstorm that produced Severe Flooding in the Sioux Falls area last Thursday night. I shot many pics of this storm from right here including some great lightning shots and 2 other panorama, this shot is the last I took before having to run to the car and bail out of there. I will be posting all 3 panoramas and have already posted one lightning pic on my facebook page if you would like to check them out –

5 shots wide
taken just after sunset

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Freeway to Black Hole !!! :-) by jvphoto

Hello My dear friends,

How are you doing? It’s great to meet you all through 500 for this weekend.

This is single image and treated. The short is from 101 Northbound to San Francisco. No pedestrian walk on the express way on this direction , somehow managed go there and captured.

As i mentioned before, i always imagine my final image before i compose the original one for fineart category.

Hope you like it and Have a fantastic weekend guys.

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Happy clicking, Cheers!!!!


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