“Camouflage is a game we all like to play,


“but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.” ― J. Russell Lynes


Female and male lions camouflaged in Serengeti grasses. The color of the male’s mane correlates his health, testosterone, and vigor; the darker the mane, the more powerful the lion. Females have shown a preference for lions with dark manes over light manes.

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Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2011

2 thoughts on ““Camouflage is a game we all like to play,

  1. These photos are sensational! Did you get them with zoom lens on a photo safari? (I assume that must be the case.) Even so, I’d find such close proximity scary. No wonder they call the lion the King of the Beasts. He’s convinced that it’s so, and his conviction convinces me!


    1. Thanks! Yes, I used a zoom lens on a wildlife safari in Tanzania. The lions and the leopards were my favorite animals to shoot, both majestic in different, but beautiful, ways. These lions were difficult to spot, lying a good distance away in the grasses. However, every once in a while we were fortunate enough to have a more close at hand experience, as they liked to come and lie in the shadow of our vehicle during the hot midday sun. Perhaps another time I will post one of some females that we encountered early morning who followed us for a while. Looking down right into their eyes was a bit scary!


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