Talking Pictures
What’s A Little Water?

It is a popular belief that the predator cats of Africa do not swim and avoid water. Several extremely rainy years in the mountains that feed Botswana’s Okavango Delta region have shown that to be a great misconception. Water has overflowed the usual waterways of the world’s largest inland delta to cover grasslands and roadways. Yet, the wildlife of Botswana continues to thrive.

Our guide spotted this solitary male lion walking purposefully through water that sometimes reached up to his chest. Our Land Rover took a water-covered roadway running parallel to his path and followed him for miles through the water. He was probably seeking reunion with his pride, according to our guide, and he wasn’t going to let water deter him from the path he wished to take.
—Bruce Birch
Frederick, MD

Tech Info: Photo taken with a Nikon D80 on Automatic with a 70-300mm lens.
© 2010, Bruce Birch, All Rights Reserved

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