Black and White Tuesday

Some pics from the Heart of Africa section of the Columbus Zoo.




The Fastest Land Animal

One of my favorite big cats, the Cheetah.
A few thing I bet most folks don’t know.
1. On their back feet they have an extra thick pad that helps in braking during high speed pursuits and their claws do not retract, this helps for the super burst of speed that gets them from 0-60 in about 3-4 seconds.

2. On their face there are 2 black lines, these markings help reduce the glare of the mid day sun, like football players that put the black paint below their eyes. Cheetahs are the only big cat that hunts in the mid day heat and glare.

3. And last but not least and the coolest fact, the Cheetahs tail is flat, yep, you read it right, the flat tail helps as a rudder during high speed turns.

Needless to say this cat is made to catch nimble prey in the bush, Gazelles watch out.. 😉




Here is a first, my first pic of a Bald Eagle in the wild. Not only was there one but there were at least 9 more flying over the La Crosse river and hanging out in the trees. The big problem for me was that it was overcast and the sun was going down fast and most of the eagles were in pretty heavy branches on the river side of the tree line so most pics did’nt come out too well but I did manage one.. 🙂


Sunday Stills: Action

For me a true challenge is to photograph animals or people in motion, keeping the subject in focus while panning and shooting makes for interesting pics. 🙂