Two’s company, three’s a crowdWell known idiom
Maybe that’s true, but when taking wildlife photos I’m always happy to have a third animal join the shot! Designers have long recognised that an odd number of items is more effective at capturing your gaze. Odd numbers force your eyes to move around the group and that forced movement is the heart of visual interest.
However, as with people a trawl of my archives revealed that it’s a relatively rare occurrence. I mostly seem to have single animals, couples or large groups. Nevertheless I managed to pull together the following selection for this week’s Thursday Trios.
Lion cubs, Chobe NP, Botswana – my feature image was also taken here
Another shot from Chobe – a baboon family, part of a larger troop
More baboons, this time at Mandina Lodge in the Gambia
A warthog family visiting the water hole at Fathala Lodge in Senegal
Pigs in Phoe Taen Akha, a minority tribe village in northern Laos
Goats in a village on Santiago, one of the Cape Verde Islands
Black camels in the Empty Quarter, Oman
Guanaco in the Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Sheep in the mist near Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland
Sea lions chilling on the beach on Espanola in the Galápagos Islands
And finally, no, I haven’t gone mad!
Look carefully; there are three elephants in this shot from the Okavango Delta in Botswana.