I'll Guard While You Drink, Mommy!
- Photoslave (1199)
- [2007-11-20 13:19]
very good shot, nice moment capture with a well chosen title. Perfect note.
- spencertraci (86)
- [2007-11-20 14:09]
This is such a beautiful picture! There is so much detail on the hyenas. It is such a clean, crisp shot - I love it so much. I agree - these animals are so beautiful. Your note was also very awesome - I didn't realize how much the cubs had to fight to survive!
- jrobertop (544)
- [2007-11-20 16:30]
Extraordinary moment captured by his lens.
Congratulations for the excellent work.
- angybone (7684)
- [2007-11-20 18:17]
Adorable title! Great notes. Wonderful shot...I agree they are beautiful creatures.
You captured the beauty and character of these two splendidly!
- pankajbajpai (16627)
- [2007-11-20 19:21]
hello loot, you got a great pose here and the title is lovely, liked the composition and the pov, spot on focus and good details, the natural colours look lovely,
tfs & regards
I agree on the animals beauty questionable but on the side of yes, it looks just fine and built for the tasks and life is was meant.
Obviously a clear and almost borderline cute when gazing on the young one. Is that a scar on the elders neck? And if so I would not be surprise, only by it's lack of mention....if indeed that is what it is...
You are in a place, time and life which I shall perhaps never be on this trip through earth. I do have my own set of places and loves.. so this one and as all your Kruger shots are your task and perhaps love....which are very much appreciate by folk like me...
- Adanac (21378)
- [2007-11-20 20:25]
Exquisite image, with tons of cuteness to go around. The little guy looks like a normal child, playing in the mud from the fresh rain. Mom looks like she has endured a few injuries in her life time, the one mark almost looks like a snare mark. Your image has great detail in the soft light, giving us a great view of your adventure with the hyaenas. Thanks you so much for the excellent image and note.
- fragman (43778)
- [2007-11-20 22:19]
great capture, TFS Ori
- jesst (2441)
- [2007-11-21 0:18]
I like this young Hyena, it's so cute. Wonderful pose and wonderful scene. Very good work
- mariki (9477)
- [2007-11-21 0:22]
Very nice picture of this hyena with its baby. Good focus and beautiful natural colours,
- fiftysomething (657)
- [2007-11-21 0:38]
This is a really fantastic natural photo. The detail is brilliant and you have captured a rare moment so well.
- Debz (3307)
- [2007-11-21 0:56]
This is a charming shot Loot, I must catch up with your other recent ones. The little one is certainly cute and on the lookout. It is a very clear, clean and sharp shot, very well composed with good light, colour and sharpness on the Hyena's markings. Great note.
Hello Loot, nice to see you.
Great moment you captures here. I love this picture. Great framing, POV and excellent sharpness. Natural colours and very good exposure. This is a great composition. Thank you my friend.
What a cracking shot of this mother and cub.
You know, I never thought of Hyenas having cubs it's just something that never crossed my mind... a bit stupid huh?! ;)
I love the connection between adult and child. THe cub seems desparate to get his mother's attention or maybe to hide behind her.
Great natural lighting that gives their wonderful golden-brown coat a wash of saturation.
Superb sharpness and detail highlighting every hair and every stone on the ground.
Brilliant POV that is almost ground-level giving the image more power.
Decent composition aswell.
Fine work mate.
Very well done,
- betsie (0)
- [2007-11-21 3:19]
Baie mooi foto Loot - Waar op aarde kry jy al die inligting vandaan?? Dis ongelooflik en baie baie "informative". Goed gedoen Loot.
What more can I say than the following:
Yes, yes and another yes!
Hey, I like it a lot
Ag hoe fraai!
Nog ‘n wenner!
Cannot wait to see the rest of the babies. One just realize how wonderful is nature, when you have the joy of seeing this kind of scenes. Your notes was wonderful and very explanatory as always. Thank you once again for all the effort you put into presenting and sharing your photos. It is much appreciated by me and I am sure many others.
- uleko (10940)
- [2007-11-21 5:39]
Wonderful capture of these Hyenas. I thought they were ugly animals until I saw them in real life in a National Park in Gambia. I found them really beautiful! This little one is very cute too and I think you managed very well in spite of the disturbance in the car! Excellent shot in every way!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla
You could not have come up with a better title!!!
And judging by what you said in your note, "Captain Courageous" here deserves his title :)
You, too, deserve all the applause for this shot, considering the amount of stress you were under from everyone around you when you took it :)
It's absolutely adorable! How can anyone say that he is not cute, or that in general hyenas are very ugly? Not even spiders...they are fascinating, too. I think that both these types of animals have earned a lot of respect due to their adaptations in their evolution. They are really close to perfection in what they do. Regarding spiders, for example, i used to have some mild arachnophobia when i was a kid. Later on, i learned about them and by convincing myself, i pretty much shook it off. I would still have to think twice (or 100 times) about holding a tarantula in my hands probably...but at least i'm considering it :)
Truth be told, i find all animals beautiful...but one: primate cubs. I have no idea why, i always thought they were sort of ugly...but it's definitely not a finale decision, since i am yet to see one live and only then i'll be sure. Don't shoot me for it...or for giving lectures about the exact thing i'm guilty for, but hyenas are very beautiful...they're just like dogs...only more ferocious :)
Anyway, back to your shot - aside the outstanding pose, i really like the pose of the mother, looking very calm and secure. Lovely colors everywhere and great exposure, too.
About the cub, something i never noticed before but i see well here, i love the fact that his head is brighter that the rest of his body...makes his cute face stand out better.
Wonderful work, my friend!
And...not to forget...thanks for your excellent note, too. Very nice and informative!
Bravo and TFS
- Maite (5199)
- [2007-11-21 7:37]
What a great capture, Loot!! And how amusing and fitting the title. Excellent sharpness, POV, DOF and composition.
Very good job
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2007-11-21 7:57]
I see you were close to the animals. And you managed to take picture with great attractive details, which reflect the life conditions of the hyena. Amazing scene and very cute baby as well as its mommy. Low POV is very impressive and I like a lot great DOF and passage to blurriness. My best wishes and TFS. Excellent job.
- marhowie (486)
- [2007-11-21 9:15]
That little one looks like a pitbull with it's stance, very endearing mf. Excellent moment captured and an apt title. The light head and dark body of the baby looks like a recent go through the mud?
Sharp with very good details, color, exposure, and use of F/5 isolating these two in the frame nicely :)
Very well done.
- nglen (36145)
- [2007-11-21 10:52]
Hi Loot. What a pose from the young Hyena. he had his eye on you .even in one so young you can see how strong his legs will be. your have captured a good picture alround. fine detail in the fur with good natural colours. Thanks for posting this very good picture from the wild. together with good notes to read.
- snowfalken (1788)
- [2007-11-21 13:27]
What a great picture you present us again! Spotted hyenas might be ugly or not but for me at least the cub is rather cute. As for the adult, I can only feel respect when I see the powerful muscles in the neck and jaws. From the look of this female, I can say that she is a real warrior.
I love the warm colors that you've captured and the fact that there are no distracting objects in the background. And the title was really well chosen, especially when we don't see the hyena mother's eyes. This is excellent my friend! Thank you for sharing!
With Friendly Regards,
It looks like the other visitors have mostly addressed what there is to be said, so I will just show my appreciation by underlining or highlighting some of their thoughts. Starting with the very appropriate title, which is indicative of your sensitive and tender insights, as usually you would hit the core of the account with uncanny accuracy. It appears to me that you normally put as much though and effort into naming your photos as would go into your acute observations, profound notes, analytical research, and skilful preparation of the photos. You have the ability to identify and portray or describe the most fascinating and finer aspects of nature and animal behaviour and then reveal or expose the heart-warming story behind the scenes. It is pleasant to see how you regularly tend to bring out the humorous side to your experiences together with Anna who normally plays a big role in your lovely stories. It is clear that the two of your fit like a pair of gloves and really support and enjoy each other while travelling through the nature reserves and/or other venues of interest. Technically this photo is of typical high standards which you normally or apparently strive for and it was once again a pleasure to view one of your fine postings.
- NellyD (1783)
- [2007-11-22 5:08]
What a great moment you've captured. I like the pose of these two hyena's very much. Very lovely how the little one is looking in your direction. Good composition, colours, details and a great title too.
- jmp (8415)
- [2007-11-22 13:27]
Great details, excellent exposure and pose. I've enjoyed your note too. But I think spiders are not ugly either! :-)
TFS, José M.
- claudine (0)
- [2007-11-22 13:42]
I have never thought that a Hyena could be cute but here it is :))) This is such a unique capture, a moment that I have never seen so far... Congrats!
- manyee (23770)
- [2007-11-24 23:22]
Just adorable, Loot.
That little guy definitely stole my heart. : )
The expression and stance you have captured are just wonderful.
Great job, my friend. : )
- touristdidi (2490)
- [2007-11-25 18:54]
VEry nice photo.
- Rehanna (18)
- [2007-11-26 2:24]
Ek kyk al 'n geruime tyd na jou en ander mense se fotos op die werf, maar het nog nooit die moed gehad om enige van my eie fotos te laai of om 'n kritiek te skryf nie. Vandag het ek egter besluit dit is nou tyd want hierdie toneel is sooo oulik. Ek teel met Rotweiler en Corgi honde en die ou kleintjie het my hart aangegryp. 'n Baie mooi foto en 'n pragtige storie wat daarmee saam gaan. Uitstekend.
- smitha (4409)
- [2007-11-26 3:18]
What a lovely shot, Loot. I quite agree with Anna. How can you sit there quietly when you see such cute looking cubs engaged in play.:-) (Now I think I have lost my hopes of going on a tour with you to take pictures if i ever visit Africa.) Inspite of all the distractions (I am sure you also enjoyed each and every moment of their play that Anna pointed out) you have managed to take a a beautiful picture Loot. It's remarkable the way you have clicked the camera at the precise moment when the cub was looking at you. He really means to say he will be the guard for a change to his beloved mummy. Very apt title, Sir. Though hyenas were ill reputed with me (after the part they played in Lion King , how can one still love them?)I have decided to change my opinion after seeing the mother and cub in your shot. After all there are always exceptions in every case, isn't it?
As for the picture, the excellent POv, focus, sharpness, details and natural tones make it an outstanding photograph which I am adding to my favourites. loking forward to more,
- Nephrotome2 (2538)
- [2007-11-27 4:17]
crisp clear details
nice pose of both of them
The wounds of the female is a proof of how hard their life can be.
- pablominto (14563)
- [2007-11-27 4:26]
In spite of the not so attractive details this is a cute couple!
I notice the wounds and dirty fur coat in the elder hyaena but the eyes of the small one make up for all that...
An interesting situation has been captured, a photographic documentary showing the real life!
- arfer (0)
- [2007-11-29 20:31]
These are very strange and rough looking critters.
Even though baby animals are usually cute,this one is cute but not adorable.It still has that edgy look to it.
I think your title nails it on the head.
The cautious stance is wonderful.
The birth sounds brutal.
Nicely composed in the frame.
Well focused ,the POV is amazing.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2007-12-02 4:02]
It has been long since we exchanged critiques last.
Nevertheless, this looks like the right moment to re-build the bridges.
Thanks for noticing my butterflies flying in formation and writing your kind words in appreciation of my effort.
It was a fluke chance, to say the least. The formation was so very suddden I had no time to do anything else except take a few quick shots. Great satisfaction in finding that one of them turned out to be passable.
Your note helps in appreciating your great capture of the mom hyena drinking water under her little son's vigil. The moment is extremely well captured.
I do agree with you that there is nothing ugly in nature, including spiders. Look at some handsome ones from my country shot and posted by Fartash and Sumon.
Hope you are keeping well.
My dream applecart of enjoying free and relaxed days of retirement has been toppled by my feebleness in holding on to my convictions. I got easily persuaded to accept a job after retirement which, incidently, takes a lot of my time and attention unlike in Riyadh where,(as you had rightly surmised), I had delegated all my work to others, ha,ha,ha!!
Obviously, as of today, I have to steal a few moments once in a while to get back to my beloved TN.
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2007-12-03 13:56]
a picture that keeps me looking into it for quite a while, so lively and accurate, simple and clear, reporting an on-the-road encounter in a matter-of-fact way, story telling and triggering fantasies. Interesting to note that all the attention is directed at once away from the frame-filling mighty hyena mother to the tiny cub at her back. Its pose is so very vital and charming. Fabulous notes, an encyclopedia of in-depth information. Another XXXcellent posting from my dear friend the master of observation and fascinating stories. With thanks and all my best wishes to you!
- anel (40574)
- [2007-12-19 0:29]
I missed this very intertesting posting. The picture is so natural and vivid. The little fellow behind his mother has such a cute attitude. Cloudy sky is often better than bright sun for good pictures. I also have read the note with big interest. I agree with you,there is beauty everywhere ( just like you I don't like spiders very much).
Thanks for this great contribution and I wish you a nice day
- wuta (2142)
- [2007-12-24 7:49]
Hoi nog een keer , Deze is ook prachtig , vooral dat kleintje schitterend loot heel mooi , Groeten teunie .
- scottevers7 (12309)
- [2007-12-26 14:24]
As always, I am envious of the locations you get to shoot photographs in. You have captured an excellent image here. The cub has really locked focus on something, and this leaves you wondering what has his total attention, as it does not seem to be the photographer. The exposure, colors and detail, are all just excellent. Guess I'll have to go back to the St. Louis Zoo to see a Hyena in the flesh.
I have watched many shows on Hyena's, and they have an amazing social structure. Much like North American Wolves.
I updated my member profile and hope to try and return to more regular participation here. I guess I just missed everyone so much I had to return.
Great photo my friend,
Dat is een wonderlijke mooie foto Loot, moeder en kind in de natuur
De moeder likkend in het water dat is gewoon zeer mooi gedaan.
Misschien kan u wel nerderlands lezen!
This is wonderful picture Loot, mother and child middle of the nature.
You understand Dutch?
Dutch and South Africa have almost the same language.
Groeten uit Vlaams België,
- hester (11638)
- [2007-12-29 1:19]
Your brave little subject is adorable. He does look alert and ready for action. His mothers pose is relaxed in contrast. This has real character and is technically great. Excellent POV, sharp and great exposure. Great note as well
- CatherineD (14097)
- [2007-12-31 7:21]
Thanks to your visit to my last post, I discover your amazing gallery. I must tell you that I'm not familiar with South African nature. But this is one of the richness of this site: to learn about other parts of the world.
I like this photo because it tells many things by itself: some water in a dry environnement, the fear of the baby, the problems of daily life (the femele is wounded on its neck). Your note is excellent because you tell us the story of the photo and you add a lot of useful information about hyaenas.
About "beauty". From Europe -very far!-, I never think that hyaenas are ugly. Because like all the mammals, they have something similar than us. Maybe is it for the same reason, among others, that people don't like some insects of spiders because they are too different than us. Maybe some people consider hyaenas ugly because of their behavior of feeding? In fact, it is not so different than us!
I whish you a good year 2008, with a good health, nice photos and many beautiful natural meetings like this one.
- radz (436)
- [2008-01-03 9:43]
So cute lovely shot!Fantastic composition..TFS!
- valy67 (9219)
- [2008-01-05 0:35]
Hello Loot !
A hyaena is not a a beautiful animal, I think, but this baby is sooo cute ! :-) And I love his pose, it really looks like he is guarding his mother while she drinks, and he seems to take this role very seriously ! It is amazig picture, for the moment you have frozen and for all the technical qaulities - excellent sharpness and details, beautiful composition and POV, natural colors. very well done !
- sandpiper2 (16757)
- [2008-01-07 16:56]
Ha ha, great shot Loot.
Great title too, yes even these carnivores can be attractive.
Excellent sharpness and details, well exposed and of course the composition is award-winning.
- AnimalExplorer (1997)
- [2008-02-08 9:26]
This is a really nice capture of both parent and juvenile hyaena, it seems not too often one gets a chance to see pictures of the cubs. Excellent exposure with nice framing make this an exciting capture. Oh, how I wish I could photograph Africa's wildlife. TFS . :)
- Miss_Piggy (18714)
- [2008-12-12 0:56]
What can I say about such beauty? This is a tender and loving almost human moment captured. Details are excellent. The natural environment in which you have captured this image is great. I think this is a superb post. The cuteness as well as the heartfelt factor is very high here. The colour and marking on their fur is beautiful and although wet, displays well and with great clarity. I do like the expression on the youngster’s face and the staring eyes, as well as the "dirty" appearance. Great sharpness and exposure. Lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.