Last summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Africa with my family for a Safari, and let’s just say it was one of the coolest experiences of my life. We spent about a week riding through the bush, observing the routines of an extremely diverse population of animals, and basically experiencing nature in a way that I only previously had seen in books or documentaries.
Shortly into the first day, it dawned on me that I was seeing a lot of baby animals with their mommas (it was probably that time of year), and one theme quickly became apparent – The moms have a special kind of love for their offspring, much like our human mothers do. It didn’t take me long to realize that a mother’s love is truly something special – not only with humans, but with animals too. So in honor of Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of my favorite of these photos from the trip to hopefully remind you just how special a mother’s love really is – Because we all could use a little reminder like that around this time of year.
First, What Camera did I use?
In the months leading up to the trip, I did some research to find the best camera to use for a safari, especially for someone with not much photography experience like me. I chose the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12.1 MP digital camera because it is slightly better than a typical point-and-shoot camera, but not as expensive or complex as a full blown DSLR. Additionally, the camera has a 50x optical zoom, which I figured would come in handy on a Safari (I was right)!
Lioness Keeping Her Cub Safe
Usually when we would approach a tribe of lions, they wouldn’t pay much attention to us because they are used to safari jeeps getting close and taking photos. However, when we pulled up to this lioness’ tribe, she began growling under her breath and looked very uneasy with us being there. We had no idea why she was acting this way. But then she walked up to some tall grass next to our jeep, picked up one of her adorable newborn cubs, and moved it a safe distance away from us. She was nervous because we were too close to her cubs that we didn’t even realize were there!
Gazelle Teaching Her Newborn to Walk
Elephants Stopping Traffic
Crested Cranes Pecking the Ground
I took hundred of photos throughout the entire trip. You can view some of my favorites at my album on Google+. And for a bonus, we got to witness a herd of wildebeest crossing a river during the Great Migration. Here’s the video.
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