This Photo of the Week was a serendipitous moment from a couple of weeks ago when I happened to stop and smell the daisies and spotted a busy ladybug in the mix. Thankfully, I already had my camera out and was able to capture the curious creature before it flew away. Although it didn’t land on me, I still think it means good luck (I’ll take all that I can get!). I also love the detail that this image displays, from the drops of water on the petals to the spots and antennae on the ladybug. Alternate titles: “Ladybug Luck,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady(bug)” and “Caught Red Bodied.”
This Photo of the Week, titled “The Lion’s Den,” is one of many snapped during my first-ever safari at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Oh, yeah … I’m in South Africa right now. My tour group and I made the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Johannesburg to the park, eager to see which majestic creatures we would encounter. Fun fact: Pilanesberg is home to what’s called the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalos. This particular pride of lions (our tour guide Peter said there are about five different families spread among the 572-square-kilometer reserve), with two males and three females, was the first of the “Big Five” we crossed off our list. What’s wild (literally and figuratively) is that these massive cats were, by my estimation, a mere 10 yards away from our Jeep, relaxing under some shade, seemingly without a care in the world. I love this image because it’s such a slice of life that could be replicated with families, tribes, clans, you name it from around the world. Finding rest among loved ones is a universal action, and I’m amazed that I was able to catch these lions in the act.