Gallery: speaking a great language
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.
Wow, Sarah, the eyes have it! 😀 Love your post and these beautiful animals.
Thanks so much Jane 😊 Funnily enough, I nearly called this post ‘the eyes have it’, until I came across that quote!
We both love a good pun!😉
Outstanding pictures. You are a very good photographer… Animals are very hard to capture. The chameleon? I had a similar one in front of my window as a teen, when I lived in Kenya… The three horn variety… I must have a – bad – picture somewhere.
Thanks for the trip back to memory lane…
Aw, thank you so much 😊 I enjoy photographing animals but you’re right, they’re not easy to capture – I must have far more poor photos than I do decent ones!
Well, if one has to throw ten away for one good shot, I’ll do it… (Even more so with digital photography. LOL. I still remember travelling to far away places with limited supplies of film…)
Oh yes, digital photography has made all the difference. Also, now we can see immediately if a shot has worked or not, and try again if it hasn’t (although in the case of birds that particular opportunity has probably flown!)
True. I would add “digital lab”. I process most of my pictures in Photoshop. No special effects, just cropping, erasing a few details. Working with light…
Great photos. The ayes have it.
Yes indeed they do – thank you 😀
Well, when I think back to how many times I’ve looked into our spaniels’ eyes, I definitely think they had a soul! The photo of that snow leopard – wow!
Thanks so much 😊 Spaniel eyes are especially soulful I think.
I love how you’ve zoomed in to really see the eyes in detail. Really beautiful pictures of so many beautiful animals 🙂
Zoomed in or in some cases cropped 😆 Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed these!
Mike and Kellye Hefner
So beautiful, Sarah.
Thank you Kellye 😀
I especially liked the snow leopard, Sarah. Such beautiful creatures!
They are – I love all the big cats (and small ones!) 🦁🐯
Wow! I’m speechless. This is a lovely collection of eyes have it. Beautifully photographed, Sarah.
Oh, thank you so much Sheetal 😊
Great challenge and fabulous representation as usual.
Thanks so much Suzanne 😊
Thanks Sue 🙂
Beautifully put together Sarah. I’m particularly drawn to the elephant for some reason….
Thank you Marie 😊 I’m always drawn to elephants!
Tales From My Lens
Such a great mix of some beautiful eyes!
Thanks so much 😀
I believe animals have souls and you have beautifully captured them!
Thank you Tracey 😊
These are all wonderful photos, Sarah! And the giraffe and elephant eyes are amazing!
Thank you Susanne 😊 I often like to study details of animals when I can, such as their eyes or other features, so this challenge was perfect for me.
You did a wonderful job!
Is that a ‘come hither’ from the giraffe, Sarah? Fabulous! While the elephant looks rather weary.
Haha, yes, maybe the giraffe was flirting a little – although as we were feeding her she was probably more interested in eating than anything else! We were also feeding the elephant or at least about to – maybe she was hungry rather than tired?
Yes, my husband looks like that if I don’t feed him often enough 🤣
Beautiful pictures Sarah, I love the leopard’s the most and have to say I was a little afraid of the flamingo’s eyes! Maggie
Thank you Maggie 🙂 I’m curious why you say you’re afraid of the flamingo – most people would say the crocodile!
His eye, I looked possessed!
What a super portfolio of eye pics Sarah, thanks for taking part. Love that flamingo trying to have a snooze, apparently, And the owl butterfly with its huge owl, hopefully scary enough to deter predators from eating such a cute butterfly!
You’re right about the flamingo Denzil – I have an almost identical photo taken seconds later with the eye closed! Glad you enjoyed my contribution, this is a great idea for a challenge and I look forward to joining in again soon 🙂
Super, thanks Sarah.
You just know they are watching us as much as we are watching them.
Ha yes, especially those hippos!
Some great animal close-ups here Sarah. The ‘eyes’ definitely have it!
Thank you Jude 😊
So many a smile Sarah. These are ever so good. Love the starting Hippo, the Zebra had a hard night, the elephant looks stoned, bright as a button Chipmunk and that Chameleon 😂
I must agree with Alison. This is one kick ass post Sarah 💓
Thank you Brian, I love your commentary on these animals’ conditions / states of mind 😆
Fabulous shots. My own post will appear on Monday and also has an Owl Butterfly. But mine came from nowhere more exotic than the Horniman Butterfly House, so I’m quite jealous.
I’ll look forward to seeing yours Margaret and to comparing butterflies 😆
Love the way you put this together, mine pales in comparison! I’m going to have to get my proper camera out. How funny we both found this new challenge at the same time 😊
I think a number of us are gradually discovering this challenge – it seems to be taking off quite quickly. I’m curious to see what other themes he comes up with!
Yes will be interesting