Mamas and Babies – Part 3

If you just glance down this page, you won’t see any pictures of baby lions. So why is this post part of the Mamas and Babies series? Because this is about a mama protecting her babies. Lions live in prides. Everyone knows that. A dominate male and perhaps a few of his brothers or cousins; […]

Mamas and Babies – Part 2

As you read in my last post, cheetahs lead a fairly solitary life. At least dad does not stay around, and mom is totally responsible for raising the young. But other animals live together in close, cooperative family groups – especially lions and elephants. The babies are not born knowing how to take care of themselves. Mom (generally) […]

A Mother’s Day Special: Mamas and Babies – Part 1

Of all the wonderful times on our safari, I think the one I loved most was the two afternoons we spent with a mama cheetah and her five furball cubs in the Mara. We saw other cheetahs, but this experience was super special. Because females are loners, raising a large litter is difficult. With five babies, […]

Death Valley – What You Didn’t Expect

As I pointed out in my last post, Death Valley National Park does live up to most people’s expectations: a hot, dry desert with lots of sand and rocks. But if you read to the end, you discovered that I was going to tell you about the unexpected. Last week, I showed you a photo […]

Death Valley – It’s Everything You Expect

What do the words “death valley” conjure up in your mind? Endless desert and sand dunes? Blistering heat? Maybe the TV show “Death Valley Days,” Ronald Reagan, or 20 Mule Team Borax (if you are old enough)? The lowest place in the United States? If you think of these things in conjunction with Death Valley National […]

Come On Baby, Light My Fire

I planned this post to coincide (more or less) with the season premier of Survivor, and I was going to diss the contestants for their lack of fire building skills. But much to my amazement, two teams got fires going almost immediately without tools. However, they cannot hold a torch to the Maasai when it comes to […]

Migrations Great and Small

We timed our trip to the Maasai Mara to coincide with the Great Migration, as the wildebeest began to leave for the Serengeti. You plan this sort of trip months ahead, never knowing for sure whether or not Mother Nature will cooperate. The migration cycle between the Maasai Mara and the Serengeti depends on the rains, […]

Hello world!

Finally! I promised I would start a blog in 2015. And here it is. Now I need to figure out how to do this. Why did I call this “1000 Words”? My idea was to set up a photo gallery. And a photo is supposed to be worth 1000 words, right? But what appeals to […]