Australian Safari: Lioness awakes

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EVA_L on January 18, 2008

Great moment captured! I wait your story of this place. Eva

Epi F.Villanueva on January 18, 2008

Ian Very nice shot Saludos Epi

pic.point on January 18, 2008

I love them cats!


Ian Stehbens on January 18, 2008

My dear Inessa. I feel like an even closer friend now that I have made such a public mistake of mixing up Africa's big 5! Thanks for the prompt correction. I hope I can spell elifant right and recognize a giraffe when I come face to trunk with one. Silly me. LOL.

As for the cat, I think I have seen one or two in your gallery! They are loveable. And they will share your porridge with you if you let them. Mine likes Kellogg's Just Right! (..well its just right with milk and sugar.)


Ian Stehbens on January 18, 2008

Hi Epi. I appreciate your visit and comment. I think she thought, "oh, another boring photographer". I am sure they know that if they do something cute, that most photographers will be satisfied and go away.

Greetings from The Land of OZ. Ian

Ian Stehbens on January 18, 2008

Good morning, Eva.

I was one of those photographers who waited until she did something cute. Then I was happy and went to observe the Lion through the lens until he decided to wake up, roll over, show us his mane and look really satisfied.


Ian Stehbens on January 18, 2008

Now for the story that Eva requested.

Growing up in rural Australia has been one of the great privileges of my life. For Ihave lived in one of God's special ARKs.

Right behind our home, there were in Yabba Creek the amazing Ceratodus, Platypus, small unique turtles, mussels with pearly shells and a remarkable variety of winged insects that laid there eggs on objects near the water or in the wet ground. Here the koalas, wallabies, echidnas, coucals, bellbirds, frog-mouthed owls, kookaburras, water dragons, carpet pythons, azure kingfishers, and black swans lived, bred and created concertos according to the rhythm of their days. All of our species of larger animals (except for the dingo that was introduced by the indigenous people of our continent) were unique. In wet weather, I'd lie in bed practising the sound of different frogs, then in the daylight locate them, befriend them and encourage the occasional one to come in the window and sit on the window sill at my desk.

As I grew to appreciate their behaviours and snippets of their language (I am better in understanding and mimicking the language of cows, I must admit than I am at mimicking the squeals of female koalas being courted by grunting male koalas) I also grew to appreciate their uniqueness, on the global scene. I have also witnessed their changing populations and the subtle as well as harsh affronts on their ecosystem. In fact it is so obvious that I am a little alarmed. I cannot understand why we still do not give high priority to habitat protection in all our economic and political processes.

So, Dubbo Plains Zoo is like a magnet to me. The zoo sees itself as a modern ark wherein conservation of some endangered species and public education are very high priorities. The Dubbo Zoo is a contemporary zoo, providing large areas appropriate to the particular species, open viewing for the public such that animals that need separation from each other and from the public are contained by moats, semi-concealed trenches, or on islands, and there is high investment in quality veterinary care and managed and supported breeding programs.

In the few images that I have uploaded I have tried to photograph the animals without any indication of fences or walls, that they may be portrayed and therefore recalled as free. In the zoo, there are many free-ranging fauna, and it is an attractive place to native birds and small animals that may fly or amble in from the surrounding woodlands, grasslands, wetlands or urban areas.

Dubbo Plains Zoo's renowned breeding programs have had success with White Rhinoceros, Przewalski's horses, Persian Onager and Cheetah. And they are engaged especially with conservation of Australian endangered species such as the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, Northern Hairy-nosed Wombat, Malleefowl, and the Greater Bilby.


Marilyn Whiteley on January 18, 2008

Thank you so much, Ian, for sharing this bit of reminiscence and observation! Marilyn

pic.point on January 19, 2008

Thank you for sharing, Ian. It is wonderful to have a circle of friends enjoying the same things and worrying about the same things in the opposite parts of the world. Have a great day.


Palmina Moore on January 19, 2008

I'll scratch your back......but don't scratch mine!!!

Great shot! well caught,


EVA_L on January 21, 2008

Thanks a lot, Yan for your fantasticly interesting story! Nature needs our defence and we are under an obligation cares of it! Dear Yan, i have another new photos special for you! Best wishes, Eva

Margrit M. Berger (S… on January 22, 2008

Ian, your series of our co-creatures is wonderful! Thank you for the photos as well as for the text above. I am happy to add this photo too to my favourites. The world needs people like you, who are sensitive to creation and who make others view the diversity on our planet. Thank you Ian!

My best wishes, May

Ian Stehbens on January 23, 2008

Dear Marilyn, I know how much you love to write and how well you do, for I have been privileged to have had considerable correspondence with you through Panoramio, and to read some of your other research and writing, as well. So I am always very pleased when you enjoy my elaborations and stories. Every photo has a story and significance for the photographer, at least, and you pick up on that every time.

And Inessa, It is indeed wonderful to have a group of people contributing to a better world. I trust that GE inspires others through our joint creativity. Thank you for your concern for people and environment, especially at a global level. And thankyou for your blessings.

Palmina, Glad you like the moment. I reckon if I were close enough to have my back scratched by her, I be more afraid of a lick from her rough tongue - and it would be no tickle! Thank you for sharing your many visual joys from the sea to the mountains; from great structures to the fluff on a young ostrich's head!

Yes Eva, I have enjoyed your new images so much and I especially appreciate that you went out to create them for me and all our friends. But there will be many others who will now see Kiev and the Dnepr now, and particularly the Lovers' Bridge! Your photo-stories are very special, like the one of your summer garden. Thanks from all of us.

Oh May, you are so wonderfully affirming. We all have experienced your love, generosity and caring. And your new series of B&Ws are making us see Switzerland differently, for we are so used to seeing the brilliance of colour whether in summer or winter. And I am so delighted that you would include this image among your favourites.

Appreciatively yours,


Tamás Borbély on January 28, 2008

Fantastic moment, great shot, Ian !My best regards, Tamás

Ian Stehbens on January 28, 2008

It is so special to be able to share the moments and the scenes that capture our attention or inspire us. Thanks for your sharing, Tamás.


Ian Stehbens on August 17, 2008

Thanks so much Hamza! And greetings from Sydney too.


CatsAroundTheWorld on July 29, 2009


Ian Stehbens on July 30, 2009

Oral health: A1.

stephan Seo on July 30, 2009

Ian,Wa~w Double YS!Thank you so much for your sharing.It's really an exquisite touch!


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