Basil Rene has introduced a new photo challenge called Life Captured Photo Prompt, which debuted last Saturday. Each week there will be a new prompt and the challenge runs from Saturday to Friday of the next week. This week’s challenge is Giving Support.
Like humans, many animals are social animals. The first one that comes to mind is the elephant. Elephants are highly intelligent and live in extended family groups consisting of mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and their offspring. Male elephants stay with the group until old enough to find a mate.
There are many ways elephants give support to each other. Living in groups is one way – they care for one another and mourn when one of their members dies.
Often there are several generations living together.
Mothers support their offspring, including nursing their young calves.
A mother or aunt helps a calf trying to get up as it lies on the bank of a river.
Other animals stay in groups of siblings until they establish a family unit. This is particularly true with big cats.
A cheetah cub feels secure with its mother. He imitates his mother’s hunting techniques and they engage in play.
Lions hang out with their same sex siblings until they go off to mate. Meanwhile, brothers or sisters help each other hunt and defend their territory, and often show affection to each other.
A female baboon carries her baby on her back.
Zebras accompany wildebeests on their annual great migration, because the zebras know the way and the wildebeests can smell water. They mutually support each other.
Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy challenge continues with this week’s topic: color code.
She says: This one is all about color and keeping the same color or hues together. Tip from Ingrid Fetell Lee: Color-code: Organizing by color brings instant harmony to your bookshelf or your closet.
The best photos I’ve taken that are a variation of hues come from nature:
Shades of brown in a cavern (Arizona)
Beiges in a desert landscape (Masada, Israel)
Green cacti & succulents (Chicago Botanic Gardens)
Greens in a park (Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, WA)
Pinks in a cluster of roses (Point Defiance Park, Tacoma)
Green landscape on the slope of Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania)
There are also manmade hues:
Brown stones and jug (Masada, Israel)
Red theater chairs & floor in the same cave as the first photo (Arizona)
Shades of cream and brown almost camouflage this gold and tan angel next to a house in Des Plaines, IL
Gray & Silver: This monochromatic photo was a mistake – an overexposure of sailboats on the Mediterranean Sea (Caesarea Maritima, Israel). It has not been doctored nor altered in any way – both the sky and the sea were actually very blue.
The roofs in Europe are varied and interesting. So for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week with the topic of roofs, here are some European roofs.
Mont St.-Michel, France
Roofs with gulls
Roof with window
Amsterdam, Holland – These are my favorites due to their variety in architectural style.
2 views of the roofs of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam’s largest art museum), including solar panels! The building was designed by Pierre Cuypers (who also designed other buildings in Amsterdam in the same style, including Centraal Station and Concertgebouw) and opened in 1885.
The rest of these Amsterdam roofs were photographed during a private boat tour, which included all the major canals and the harbor, so there were many types to see, both on shore and in the water!
Nuremburg Castle has existed since medieval times. Made of sandstone, it was a fortified group of buildings built on a ridge in the old center of town. The city expanded outward from there.
Views from the ramparts of the town below
Melk Abbey, Austria
Views of the town of Melk from the abbey
To end on a contrast, here are two views of dwellings in a Maasai village in Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. The Maasai build their villages in a circle, surrounded by fences. They use the surrounding land for grazing and herding their animals, mostly cattle and goats.
Cee is back this week with all her challenges! Today’s Fun Foto Challenge is to use the photo she has posted to find a subject, topic or theme. She writes that this week’s possible topics are black and white, mirror, reflection, air plane, jet, cloud, vehicle, building, power lines, frame in frame. If you see other topics, you can use that too. Just tell us what your topic is.
Seen through a rear view mirror The picture I am currently using as my profile picture was taken in December 2015 in Monterey, California. I took this selfie using the rear view mirror next to me. I was standing outside my car with my back to the coast.
While at Rocky Mountain National Park in May 2018, I experimented with this idea again, this time showing the scenery both in front of us and in back of us through the mirror.
Just to be funny in a political context, I’m including this photo I did NOT take! 😉 Airplanes and jets View from the window of a small airplane from Serengeti to Arusha, Tanzania, Feb. 13, 2018. Ngorongoro Crater is visible in the background.
The jet that would take us from Chicago to Amsterdam, August 2015 Black and white On a rocky beach in Alaska, August 2016
Chicago skyscrapers, 2017 The foliage of summer hides most of this house, but like Cee’s picture, there’s a roof in it!
We stopped for lunch at about 2:00 during a drizzling rain. There were toilets next to a grassy area. Some people headed straight for them, but in spite of the commotion we must have made upon arrival, it did not faze two Marabou storks, who stood stock still several feet apart. This one seemed to be giving me the evil eye as I took his picture.
Once we reached the floor of the crater, we saw some new animals that we hadn’t seen up until now. Flying over the plain were two grey-crowned cranes.
In the grass, a blacksmith plover pecked for worms and insects.
A group of Egyptian geese wander in a field of cycnium flowers.
But by far the most interesting bird we saw was the kori bustard. I don’t know if this is a male or female…
…but if it is female, surely she was being courted by this puffed up male. I love his smug expression as he shows off his whites!The male kori bustard puffs up the feathers on his neck and under his tail on display for a female.We encountered two types of gazelle: Thomson’s gazelles are the smallest.
A larger gazelle is the Grant’s gazelle, which is about the same size as an impala.
These gazelles differ from the impala in that both male and female have horns. This is a characteristic of all gazelles. Impalas are not gazelles, but all these species belong to the larger category of animals, the antelopes. (So all gazelles are antelopes, but not all antelopes are gazelles.)
All antelopes belong to the larger family of bovids, along with the buffalo, who often has oxpecker birds on his back or head…
and the wildebeest. In Ngorongoro Crater, we saw large herds of wildebeest, who migrate from one side of the crater to the other, unlike those in the “Great Migration” of the Serengeti. Still, in Ngorongoro Crater, they are in just as much danger from predators…
such as hyenas, lions (there are about 80 lions in Ngorongoro Crater), and even jackals, who usually end up with the leftovers of larger predators, like this female and her pups.
Jackals are often seen in pairs and will hunt cooperatively for small mammals and even lizards, like this agama lizard.