Hippopotamus in Hyacinth


This Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius – Shona: mvuu)was jealously guarding this hyacinth infested pool when the photographer approached hoping to get one of those hippo mouth gaping moments, but alas this one was in no mood for bush paparazzi portraiture that day. The contrast of the wonderfully green hyacinth and the occasional sprig of blossoming mauve flower makes this a splendid image, which the author was lucky to capture. The pool was more a thick morass of sticky mud than a watery home for the hippo and walking in was not without its occasions of muck up to the calves and mud caked sandals. This image was taken in the mid morning when the sun was already casting hard shadows.
(Canon 50D; f/6,3; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 210mm)

Picture ©2010 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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  1. Andrew, I really like this picture, great detail from dark spots to highlights, no burnt out areas. The pink of the water hyacinth adds a fascinating aspect, the Hippo must be a hippi flower girl, will pass on any invitation to take her to a dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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