An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great languageMartin Buber, philosopher
It’s often said that the eyes are the windows into the soul, but many will claim that an animal doesn’t have a soul. However, soul or not, an animal’s eyes can certainly be very expressive.
I was excited last week to see a new nature photography challenge launched by Denzil, but too occupied in sorting through my Colombia photos to join in. To be honest, I’m still busy with those photos but couldn’t resist this week’s theme of ‘Eyes’!
So here, quite simply, is a selection of photos taken in various places which focus on the eyes of an animal. Plus one that doesn’t!
Snow leopard in a sanctuary in Kent, England
Hippo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
[also seen in my opening photo]
Zebra in Chobe National Park, Botswana
Giraffe’s eye, Giraffe Manor, Nairobi
At the Elephant Camp at Tiger Tops Tharu, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Chipmunk near Yakima in Washington State, its eye reflecting the surrounding landscape
In the weed-filled crocodile pool in Bakau, Gambia
The bizarre eye of a chameleon in a sanctuary in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
[held by my husband Chris]
Flamingo at Jersey Zoo
And here’s the shot that is not of an animal’s eyes! Like many insects, this Owl Butterfly in Selvatura Park, Costa Rica, uses eye-like markings (here on the underside of its wings) to act as a deterrent to predators. The idea is to make attackers think they are facing a larger and potentially dangerous animal.