Cheetah

By ColleenA
Good morning.....
So glad you all like my leopard, he was rather cute.
A big thank you to Kathrynlouise, Fred263 and Irishkate for their UA's, much appreciated.
Today the sleek Cheetah....we in South Africa like to say we have a Big 6.....
We came across her lying in the long grass....you can see by my focal length how close she was...

The other versions are for all of you that wonder how close the animals get to us in an open vehicle, my contribution to Silly Sunday. In V3 I was about a metre from the cheetah... In V5 you can see how the elephant has stripped the bark from the thin branches.

Have a nice day....GrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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26 Jan 2014 5:09AM
A lovely pose,very well taken

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26 Jan 2014 5:27AM
Beautiful sets of images Colleen V1 has great light would look good up on a wall well captured.
Allen, Smile Wink
26 Jan 2014 5:31AM
A great series, Colleen.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
26 Jan 2014 6:43AM
A fascinating set, Colleen, you certainly get 'up close and personal' to your subjects Smile Carol
A wonderful set Colleen, I love all the wild cats..Good light in V1 with the eyes. Beautiful Rhino and elephants..
Please keep them coming..

Lynette Grin
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
26 Jan 2014 7:32AM
Great captures

Peter
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 7:38AM
Super series. Your proximity to all the animals is impressive. Is that an armoured vehicle?
ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
26 Jan 2014 7:44AM

Quote:Super series. Your proximity to all the animals is impressive. Is that an armoured vehicle?

No just a 4x4 land cruiser game viewing vehicle...
fentiger 16 916 23 England
26 Jan 2014 7:57AM
A delightful set and No. 1 is outstanding.

Albert
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 8:13AM
brilliant light and tones colleen wonderful textures and colour v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
26 Jan 2014 8:21AM
Super set Colleen, lovely light in V1 and a very relaxed subject. Didn't realise you got that close to the
animals, they must be used to having people around, none of them look disturbed by the vehicle.

Dave,
ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
26 Jan 2014 8:24AM

Quote:Super set Colleen, lovely light in V1 and a very relaxed subject. Didn't realise you got that close to the
animals, they must be used to having people around, none of them look disturbed by the vehicle.

Dave,


They are very relaxed but that's because no private vehicles are allowed in the reserve and the Rangers from the various private lodges have very strict rules about dealing with animals and their space. The Rangers also are the top guys in their game .
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 8:31AM
Lovely set Colleen, thanks for sharing. GrinGrin Peter.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 8:52AM
Good to see the other side of things

My! They are closeSmile

Adrian
fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 9:12AM
Love V1 Colleen with that touch of light kissing her face
regards jeremySmile
26 Jan 2014 9:20AM
Super images Colleen, lovely subject matter.

John Smile
moiral 7 12 Scotland
26 Jan 2014 9:22AM
Reach out and touch comes to mind Colleen, followed by a very horrible image that I won't go into Grin. Great to see how close you actually get to the animals. Wonderful shots. Moira
gss 3 1 Romania
26 Jan 2014 9:29AM
For the cold out of here. a comforting and warm set of images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Now I know if I want to live a fearless safari, get on your pages, the pictures are so good I think I'm there!GrinGrinGrin
Silviu
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 10:01AM
Wildlife photography dosen't get any better or closer up than this Colleen. "Superb images"

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 10:04AM
Wonder what the animals think of these noisy objects intruding on their space.
A really interesting set yet again even if you were in a noisy metal beast....Wink
xwang 8 56 8
26 Jan 2014 10:08AM
Wonderful set of images. Very impressive. Excellent shots.
ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
26 Jan 2014 10:20AM

Quote:Wonder what the animals think of these noisy objects intruding on their space.
A really interesting set yet again even if you were in a noisy metal beast....Wink


They are not all accommodating some of them hear us coming and hide away....or lay low in the grass like this cheetah
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 10:26AM
Her ears say it all really
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 10:27AM
My - that is close up and personal. Very impressive!
26 Jan 2014 10:32AM
Stunning set of images, Colleen. I must admit I would be afraid in an open topped vehicle so close to these animals. Wow!
Fred
26 Jan 2014 10:45AM
Great set of images, you are braver than me to get that close.

Mary Grin
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
26 Jan 2014 10:55AM
How lovely. Although V6 is a bit worrying seeing as an elephant turned over a car last week and badly injured the passengers.
x
26 Jan 2014 11:00AM
What wonderful experiences you have, Colleen!
Fabulous images.

Richard
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
26 Jan 2014 11:17AM
V1 is absolutely superb, Colleen. Sweet light, softly toned warm coat patterning and lovely focus on head and eyes. A gorgeous Cheetah looking so relaxed in it's natural habitat. Great series of shots but my UA goes to V1 Smile You are so lucky to be living in SA.
Sylvia
ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
26 Jan 2014 11:19AM

Quote:How lovely. Although V6 is a bit worrying seeing as an elephant turned over a car last week and badly injured the passengers.
x


One has to understand an elephant and not block the way they want to walk. The British lady had many warnings from the elephant last week, he faced her many times, flared his ears etc, she should have given way, he then got angry and overturned the car. A game ranger always parks the vehicle in a way that doesn't crowd the elephants space, the ranger also makes sure he has a way to move forward or back if the elephant warns him. Elephants don't just attack, only when they feel threatened. It is very seldom you find a game vehicle overturned mostly private cars who do not understand animals and their environment and habits
JuBarney 6 25 3 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 11:40AM
A really lovely set and you certainly were close.
Ju
netta1234 5 382 2 Wales
26 Jan 2014 11:45AM
You are very brave Colleen,And it's the same with farm Animals,e.g a Bull,he's ok if left alone to do what he wants and don't stand in his way.
These are another brilliant set of really close to the Animals images that I like very much,Smile
NettaSmile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 11:56AM
I love that soooooo relazed pose in V1 Colleen.
The other images are interesting and I think you make a good point about understanding the animals
and their behaviour.
We had a presentation at Camera Club from an underwater photographer who swims beside sharks!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
very well taken set [lovely].


billy
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
26 Jan 2014 12:36PM
A wonderful set of large animal images Colleen, this is a splendid selection of the best of what the African bush has to offer. Pride of place must go to this beautiful cheetah lounging in the long grass. It must have been a real privelege to see these so close up in the wild and not from the safety of an armoured vehicle where the windows were wound up! Having seen how well you've done it, I think it is time for Safari Simon to rise to the challenge and capture some of these beasts with a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens!WinkGrin
26 Jan 2014 12:45PM
oh wow i love v1 it is gorgeous
gwynn56 5 87 England
26 Jan 2014 1:03PM
nice set of images Smile
Sheddy 9 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 1:03PM
Wonderful set of picture.
ColleenA Plus
5 347 5 Australia
26 Jan 2014 1:04PM

Quote:A wonderful set of large animal images Colleen, this is a splendid selection of the best of what the African bush has to offer. Having seen how well you've done it, I think it is time for Safari Simon to rise to the challenge and capture some of these beasts with a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens!WinkGrin

I like your way of thinking Ed....hopefully he won't become lunch
Mike_Young 11 12 9 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 1:12PM
Cracking set of images Colleen, makes me really wish I could get back to have another go ! My brother John is flying to S/A tomorrow....jammy so and so Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
26 Jan 2014 1:20PM
Another super set of these lovely animals, Colleen - and my, how close you were! At least none of them look as though they're fancying you for dinner! Wink It really must be an exciting experience Smile
Trev Smile
EMJAYCEE Plus
8 10 10 England
26 Jan 2014 2:11PM
Oh how I envy you (in the nicest possible way) - to be so close must be thrilling. The cheetah is such an elegant cat and V1 is a glorious capture.
Joan.
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 2:12PM
He looks so peaceful sitting in the grass - what a wonderful sight Colleen! You're making me want to get back to Africa with this fine set! Still, hopefully it won't be toooo long!
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
26 Jan 2014 2:15PM
Lovely light and tones Colleen.
Rende
BIGRY1 Plus
5 3 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 2:47PM
V1 is my fav but overall an excellent set of images showing African wildlife at its bestWinkGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 2:53PM
Superb set of images Colleen.

Ali GrinGrin
26 Jan 2014 3:00PM
Beautiful sets of images
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 3:15PM
Lovely interesting setSmile

Eileen
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
26 Jan 2014 3:34PM
On my hit list ( in digital !!) Colleen, beautiful.
Ron
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
26 Jan 2014 3:36PM
A fine wildlife set Colleen.
Mick.
Bantu 4 7 1 India
26 Jan 2014 3:52PM
Wild life in action captured well,lovely.
26 Jan 2014 4:08PM
All beautiful images Colleen but has to be V1 for me, just beautiful and lucky you to be so close GrinGrin

Kathryn
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1952 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 5:08PM
You are very knowledgeable, Colleen, and that's obviously important.
V1 shows such a relaxed pose and has beautiful light, a nice natural environment.
26 Jan 2014 5:25PM
Wonderful shots but V1 is outstanding. I love cheetah's and you have really done this one proud!
26 Jan 2014 5:52PM
Beautiful images, Colleen!
Regards,
George
Mike_Smith Plus
10 420 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 6:44PM
Stunning pictures Colleen, especially seeing them in there home enviroment, and not in a zoo with cages and wires
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 7:37PM
Wonderful captures and lovely memories for you.Smile
Ayoob 6 Australia
26 Jan 2014 8:01PM
Fantastic set of images , Colleen ......GrinGrinGrin
26 Jan 2014 8:17PM
Colleen, you live such an exciting life.
L
26 Jan 2014 8:28PM
This is my favorite kind of feline, Colleen... Just gorgeous creature!Smile
Regards Valery
26 Jan 2014 9:00PM
Wow Collen they are so close and I was really interested in what you said about the elephant and the car. Cathy
26 Jan 2014 9:30PM
Eyes are spot on in V1 Colleen.

They just draw you in to the picture

Well done

Steve
capto Plus
5 4.7k 8 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 10:29PM
Amazing to see these wild creatures being as calm as cows in an English meadow.Smile

ivor
26 Jan 2014 11:24PM
Amazing how close you all got to the animals....a long telephoto seemed almost redundant. These are great images, nice to see how the shots are made.

Peter
ukgubbi 5 5 India
27 Jan 2014 1:01AM
Great set with different subjects in their natural habitat. Love the light. Very majestic.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 7:48AM
Exceptional images all of these Colleen
Lillian
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2014 8:03AM
A great set of images Colleen. Thanks for showing them to us.

Phil.
27 Jan 2014 11:31AM
Wonderful set Colleen.Martyn.
BarbaraR 11 17 1 England
31 Jan 2014 11:52AM
Super set, especially love you cat, V1.

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