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Chapter 5: Feline domesticity


John M.
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  This chapter and the next, covering 2005 and 2008, will feature Yvonne’s images only. She was never shy of testing her action photography in Africa. She was also not one to display her pictures much, so I’ve had to search her files to try to make sure I don’t miss anything. That said, I may have posted some on ST years ago.  

  These were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark 2, and I think she was using my old Canon 100-400/4.5- 5.6 L IS lens, not an ideal tool. She honed her reflexes with faster lenses on basketball photography back home. I was a stick-in-the-mud, still using film.

 

  At Selinda in 2005, a roan antelope with a broken leg fell victim to a couple of lionesses, who in turn lost it to one of the males in the area. This is some of the action captured by Yvonne on the spillway as the male refused to share the spoils.

 

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After losing that argument, the lionesses consoled each other before going off and getting themselves a buffalo.

 

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Yvonne, who understandably was on the side of the lionesses, sarcastically called the male “Prince Charming”. Later, as nightfall approached, the local wild dog pack—which was denning near Zibalianja—came by and stared in the direction of the male as he lay digesting his first course near the kill.

 

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Yvonne also captured other memorable action in the male-female relationship among the big cats on that safari at Selinda.

 

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More action on the spillway: this old girl charged at us across the water. We speculated that she was bothered by toothache as much as our presence. To our relief, she stopped halfway.

 

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Finally, a landscape image I discovered recently. It's one of my favourites from her files.

 

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Alex The Lion

Great actions, those were some very dry years.

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I liked the action photos very much. They have something special. Perhaps, it is becasue they cropped to show the emotions.

Thank you for sharing!

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5 hours ago, ElenaH said:

I liked the action photos very much. They have something special. Perhaps, it is becasue they cropped to show the emotions.

Thank you for sharing!

Thank you. 

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Still looking through my wife's files, I find her image of a Selinda spillway scene our group experienced in 2005.  We all got similar photos. This is one which hasn't been posted on ST or displayed anywhere else except on her desktop for the past 17 years. 

 

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madaboutcheetah

Lovely , John 

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@John M.Your beloved Yvonne was a gifted photographer, thank you for digging through her archives and sharing these photographs with us. They are timeless and a feast for my eyes.

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That Elephant photo is just wonderful! Also very cool Lion action.

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3 hours ago, michael-ibk said:

That Elephant photo is just wonderful! Also very cool Lion action.

Thank you. Yes, cool 'heat of the moment' excitement🙂

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