“Like humans, baboons

seem to rely on friendly relationships to help them cope with stressful situations.” — Anne Engh Today’s Factoid: Ninety-one percent of baboons and humans DNA is the same.     * * * Baboon framily in Serengeti, Tanzania, Africa. Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2010

Bad night…

bad stomach, or simply caught in a bad way by the camera, bad days happen sometimes to all of us. Just make the best of it and move on! * * * Photo: Lion on the Serengeti by Mary O’Connor © 2014

Observe her powers of purpose, intuition and grace

Readers of Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro may see the leopard as portraying grace, strength, courage and dignity, as an animal that pounces with purpose, lightening speed and accuracy. Capturing this archetypal hunter’s beauty through the lens of a camera is a quest in its own right. Known to hunt during the dark edges of … More Observe her powers of purpose, intuition and grace

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. — John Muir

Elephants are particularly social animals, living in tight matriarchial family groups. When a calf is born, adults and others of the herd will gather around the newborn, touching and caressing it with their trunks. Quick to stand and follow their mother and family herd, newborns are the center of attention in their family groups and … More Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way. — John Muir

Serengeti Sunrise

Symbolically, Acacia trees represent immortality, innocence, initiation of life. Considered sacred by the ancient Hebrews, its wood was said to be used by Moses to build the Ark of Covenant. A thorny tree, it is believed to have been used to make the crown of Christ. On the Serengeti, where this photo was taken, it shelters the … More Serengeti Sunrise