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Young Antlers
       
     
I am cool
       
     
Mothers
       
     
IMG_0514.jpg
       
     
Curiosity
       
     
The eye of the lizzard
       
     
Monkey Mobster
       
     
En Profil
       
     
Elephant Skin
       
     
Face of a young King
       
     
Nosejob
       
     
Playful Mudwash
       
     
Ride along oxpeckers
       
     
Twin Portrait
       
     
Bending the knee
       
     
Body of Spiderman
       
     
Stand out
       
     
Stand out

Don't be a sheep :) Don't follow the herd. Go into your own direction. I think that is what this sheep was thinking when he saw me: On the 1st of January, I wasn't hangover from another new years party. No I was walking in the rain, in the dunes of Holland, looking for places I have never seen before.

Like this place called the Amsterdamse Waterleidingsduinen. A place near Amsterdam, where you can find some many different 'wild' animals. These Sheep originally from Scotland, are now grazing in The Netherlands. They are free to walk anywhere and it sure make a lovely scene when you run into them on these fields.

Young Antlers
       
     
Young Antlers

A nice specimen of a Dutch Dear, with beautiful shaped Antlers, walking freely in the 'Amsterdamse Waterleidingsduinen'. 

As many as approximately 5000 dears walk around this forest area, that covers 3400 hectare which is quit al lot looking at the total size of Holland 3400000 hectare, so 1/1000.

I am cool
       
     
I am cool

Germany, Witteveen, 2016.

Caught this young Scottish highlander blocking my path.

The wind was blowing in his hair and he looks like a cool kid chilling :)

Mothers
       
     
Mothers

Sri Lanka, Kandy, 2017.

A child taking care of his/her mother. That's the way these monkey families take care of each other! interesting to see this from up close. 

I made this image in black and white, because the emotions are better felt when you look at black and white. This goes for humans and monkeys I think.

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Curiosity
       
     
Curiosity

This was just 1 of those moments.. 

A moment you will never ever forget. Ruaha National Park has stolen my heart. What an amazingly remote and pure place.  

After driving around all day long in the amazing planes of South-West Tanzania, we found so many different animals. The only thing that day that did not cross our paths, was a Lion. 

Our driver had two options: Take the left or right road at a bifurcation. At that moment we decided we will go right, and make some nice shots of Giraffes. After driving for 5 minutes, we suddenly hit the emergency brakes and there they were: 5 Lion Cubs, 4 Female Lions and 1 big Male Lion! Wow what a sight. 

The eye of the lizzard
       
     
The eye of the lizzard

Asia, Sri Lanka, Mirissa, 2017

Walking in our backgarden, I spotted this cool lizard sitting in the sun in the middle of the day, getting his body temperature to go up. 

With 400mm telelens I was able to zoom in on the eyes and focus on the sharpness of that spot. The rest is green and blurry what makes the focus even stronger.

Monkey Mobster
       
     
Monkey Mobster

Africa, Tanzania, 2015.

Shot from up close, and with a tele-lens 400mm you can get so much detail from this mobster looking monkey in Africa. 

Portrait picture of a baboon.

En Profil
       
     
En Profil

Afrika, Tanzania, Ruaha National Park, 2015

The first day after we arrived in Ruaha National Park. You cannot start to imagine what is going to happen to you once you have seen this wild animals in their natural habitat. No people around, just nature. 

These impala's are everywhere, meat for the hungry predators. After a while you stop looking at them cause there are so many, but in the beginning you still find the beauty in them. Here we got really close to a big group of female Impala's and I was able to capture this girl as the morning sun just hit the side of the face, making the part glow. 

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Elephant Skin

A female Elephant, coming towards us and eating dry grass and branches. The sounds, the force, the appearance; you get a huge respect for this animal, walking around in the planes of Ruaha National Park in Tanzania.

I zoomed in on the skin of the Elephant, so you can see how thick, rigged and unique it is. 

The sun was setting as we were driving around in our jeep, trying to find the most amazing places in Tanzania.

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Face of a young King

Africa, Tanzania, 2015.

Looking back at a jeep, he does not really separate the people inside the jeep from the jeep, or does he...

This alfa male had 4 female lions and 5 cups to take after. Really impressive moment to find these animals all together at once.

Really lucky and happy with these Lions!

Nosejob
       
     
Nosejob

Africa, Tanzania, 2015.

A little friends rides along the nose of the lizard. Friends or just coincedence?

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Playful Mudwash

Africa, Tanzania, 2015

when riding up to a small pool in the middle of a national safari park, a big hurdle of Elephants came walking to the pool to get water and take a bath. 

This young one was playful and was washing itself with mud. He sucks the mud from the pool to then spray it all over its body, preventing bugs to get in the skin and to cool him self down for the remainder of the day. You can see the mud spraying out of its nose

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Ride along oxpeckers

Africa, Tanzania, Ruaha National Park, 2015

The African Giraffe has a good this going. Not that many predators, good living conditioners and some oxpeckers that are always hungry for some parasites. Here in this image you can find that the giraffe has quit a huge body for a lot of oxpeckers to come and eat away.

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Twin Portrait

Africa, Tanzania, Ruaha National Park, 2015.

A group of zebra's in Tanzania. Quite a regular sight and during the day maybe not the best for a good picture, because the light can be very hard and flat during the day. But, as the sun is setting in the safari, you can capture some great color and contrast.

Here I love the golden reflecting of the sun both on the white stripes, the hairlocks and that both Zebra's are looking right at me.

Bending the knee
       
     
Bending the knee

Africa, Tanzania, Ruaha national park, 2015.

This is actually my first real shot with a canon + EF lens. The difference in lens quality and pictures is astonishing. 

Here you see 2 giraffes standing and the other 2 are bending the knee. It looks like a scene straight out of the Walt Disney movie ' The Lion King'.

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Body of Spiderman

Africa, Tanzania, 2015.

They say the skin of this little lizard was the inspiration for the suit of spiderman. With its super bright and contrasting colors I think 1 of the most colorful creatures walking on land.