For as long as I can recall I’ve been a fan of National Geographic. A big cheap fan, if I’m honest, given I’ve never bought a magazine, but I spend a lot of free time on their website.
And that’s where I found their Traveler Photo Contest, an opportunity for readers/users to submit their favourite travel photographs for a chance to win blah blah blah. I’m not really interested in winning, I just wanted to look at some cool pics. Like these.
But if I had to submit my own photos, I might be tempted to send these few, taken by me variously in South Africa, Tanzania and American Florida.
An adult hippopotamus weighs three and a half tons, can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes, has bullet proof skin that weighs half a ton, and should not be fucked with. A baby hippopotamus is cute.
I actually did enter this photo in a photo competition several years ago. I don’t think it was a National Geographic competition, but even if it was I didn’t win.
The African elephant has a gestation period of 22 months, or about 640 days. But their babies can be as cute as a hippo infant (gestation period: 240 days).
The way I remember it, this snake was four metres long and pissed off. A more accurate account is that this photo was taken in Florida and the snake is probably a harmless yellow rat snake, a popular pet in the US.
This is simply a pretty picture taken somewhere in the Cederberg mountains. Insert intelligent comment about the light and contrast and depth here. Or don’t.
But I probably won’t submit any photos, because that’s not really my bag. I’ll just keep an eye on the submissions and, eventually, the winners, because photos are fun.