Dusk on the hillside by captured views
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young female California Quail stretching her wings thanks always for stopping by to visit and share….risa


Buzz off! Lions’ snooze in the shade is ruined when they are attacked by a swarm of pesky bees (Photographer Andrew Forsyth)

This is the moment a sleepy pride of lions had their afternoon snooze in the shade interrupted by a furious swarm of bees.

The lions struggled to defend themselves when the insects launched an attack near a watering hole in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Despite their fierce reputation, the big cats were too slow to swat the angry bees away and become increasingly frustrated in the 40C heat.

The African bee is known to be more aggressive than European honey bees and while their sting is no more venomous, they usually attack in greater numbers and target more frequently. 

The pictures, captured by wildlife photographer Andrew Forsyth, 47, who likened the scenes to a boxing match.

He said: ‘It was like watching a contest between a lightweight and heavyweight boxer, with the lightweight just moving around scoring with little jabs that slowly wore the opponent down.’

He said the Kalahari lions were relatively easy to spot with daytime temperatures in excess of 40C.

'Lions spend much of their daytime sleeping so for wildlife photographers most our time with lions is spent waiting for something interesting to happen. The intervention of the bees provided some welcome entertainment, although the lions weren’t amused.’

During the process of photographing the animals, Mr Forsyth himself was stung by one of the bee.



Guys. Guys I think this show bamboozled me. This whole time.The pieces were all flipping there and I never caught on. There were entire episodes dedicated to introducing small pieces of this big picture, one at a time, so they could unleash this clusterfuck of insanity on me.

There’s no such things as gem monsters, gem animals.

They’re all fucking Gems. All the same. They’re people. But these– they’re suffering from the Gem equivalent of Cat Fingers. They can’t help their shapeshifting, their bodies are acting out of their control. Hell, maybe it’s a symptom of staying in a fusion too long, and they fully “lost themselves” (as Pearl said).

This is why the Crystal Gems are capturing “wildlife” and putting them in stasis. They’re doing what they can to save their kin.

Are… are we really going there? Is this post of mine here even half right? This seems wild and dark. I don’t want to believe something this messed up is real.

Friendly reminder to please not spoil or clarify anything for me. Thank you.

Anyway, now Steven’s trapped in a room with a big ol’ monster. Yaaaaay


So excited for our Swim with Sealions tours to start this month! Don’t forget to also follow our video page @calypsostarcharters.videos to see footage all taken on our tours!
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I just fell in love with Manfred Schatz’s art. 

Manfred Schatz (1925-2004) was a wildlife artist who captured the energy and movement of living animals. He developed a distinctive motion-blur effect in his oil paintings, using large brushes to soften edges in the direction of movement. 

He was born in 1925 in Stettin, Germany, and attended the Academy of Arts in Berlin before the age of 18. He was unable to escape the war and was drafted in the German army, fighting on the Russian front. He was taken prisoner in Russia and spent more than four years in a prison camp. He suffered from exhaustion, tuberculosis, and near starvation. After he was set free, he recuperated at a hunting preserve with his brother, a game warden. There he fell in love with nature and with observing the movement of animals. Though it may appear he was influenced by studying photographic effects, he primarily relied on his knowledge, memory, and imagination to convey fleeting impressions of the human observer.

He started exhibiting in 1953, and by the 1960s, his work began to win international awards.He said that his greatest influences were Anders Zorn and Bruno Liljefors.

The missing skink: Amateur wildlife photographer captures first ever pictures of snake-like lizard with tiny legs that was assumed extinct
The rare reptile, which looks more like a snake, was pictured by a wildlife photographer during a visit to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

The rare reptile looks more like a snake, but on closer inspection it actually has four tiny legs that make it a type of lizard. It also has a notched tongue rather than the forked tongue of a snake.

Sjoerd van Berge Henegouwen, 48, was visiting the Masai Mara in Kenya when a ranger pointed out what he thought was a snake by the side of the road.

The Dutch photographer took several pictures of the 20ins long serpent before it slithered off into long grass.

When he got home Sjoerd did some research online and found a description of a Western Serpentiform skink which matched what he had seen, but couldn’t find a single picture of one..


SOMETIMES YOU STUMBLE ACROSS a place that seems like it got far more than its fair share of natural beauty. Places with spectacular wildlife, gorgeous scenery, and an almost absurdly beautiful culture. Kenya is one of those places. “I haven’t scratched the surface yet,” says Jamie Gaymer, a game warden at the Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, “and there is so much out there in these remote places that has not been explored. And I have the opportunity to spend the rest of my life doing that.”

You’ve undoubtedly seen Kenya on wildlife and nature programs on TV. But we decided to go to Kenya and shoot it in a different way. We took to the skies. From drones and from planes, we traveled to the remote and beautiful parts of one of the most stunning places in the world and captured its wildlife, its landscapes, and all of its natural beauty from above. The result is one of the most beautiful videos we’ve ever done. Check it out.