Another very fine copyrighted 'Eleanore Avery' image this one of lions in the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. Isn't it great! Eleanore, we thank you again!
Ngorongoro is a World Heritage Site & the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world - 610 metres deep and 260 square km in area. Ngorongoro is not an impact crater. It was formed by the collapse of a volcano in the distant past, a volcano which may well have been as high as Mt. Kilimanjaro is today.
The image, taken with a Minolta Maxxum 9 camera, used to appear in Eleanore's
archive at 'shuttercity.com' (now long gone).
And also could be found in the galleries section of 'wildfocus.com', a site based in South Africa that was devoted mainly to African
nature images. That site too is long gone. But there are many Google references to Eleanore & her many awards today, in 2009, as this site must move to a new location.
As I view the above image, I am reminded of an experience the webmaster had in Africa. We travelled for seven weeks on the back of 5 ton Bedford truck on a overland expedition that started in Harare, Zimbabwe, & ended at Nairobi in Kenya. There were 16 passengers on our truck. Many hours were spent on the road each today & we would from time to time fall asleep even on the rough roads. One of the routines was that if someone needed a toilet stop, you would hit the buzzer & the driver would find a spot to pull off the road. On the particular day I refer to, a fellow traveller, Penny Jones from the U.K., was fast asleep in the passenger seat in the cab. The truck stopped & she woke up thinking it was a toilet stop. She opened the door, & was about to step out. But there, three or four feet away in the shade of a small tree, was a pair of the biggest lions you could ever imagine! I have never seen anyone shut a vehicle door so very quickly!
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