In the past, I have had a frustrating relationship with these cute little Botta’s Pocket Gophers. They can be quite destructive to gardens, lawn, and fruit trees. However, they are a native species, and they are important to the balance of the ecosystem, so over the years I have come to appreciate them as wild animals. Their short attention span makes them quite entertaining to watch; within moments they forget that you are nearby.
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I took this photographer as I was returning to the surface after a dive. I noted that it had begun to rain, and I liked the perspective of the raindrops hitting the surface as viewed from underneath. It was just a spontaneous image I took.
As a side note, I currently don’t SCUBA dive. I take all of my underwater photos while holding my breath and free diving. Free diving can be a lot more physically challenging, and dive time is very limited, but it is also a lot more free without all the tanks and other equipment.
I photographed this lioness in the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania. It was mid-day, and several lionesses of a small pride came very close to us to take advantage of some rare shade. They looked strong, lean, and healthy. I like all the subtly coloring in her fur.
P.s. The little flies seem to be attracted to any source of water or moisture.