An Animal Kingdom State of Being with Cam and Fam COMPLETED 9/18
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Cam - what beautiful pictures! You are a great photographer!
so much! I'm getting better all the time, and even surprise myself.
Originally Posted by lexiemom
More beautiful pictures! The first 'unnamed' animal looks like he was modeling just for you!
I thought the same thing. When I stood up to begin taking photos of him, he simply turned around and looked my way. So
Originally Posted by Luvsun
Yay!! We are to Sunrise Safari day!
I have to say a couple of things here, I hope you don't mind.
First of all, I have been wanting to meet Cam, Luke and Stefanie for a long time!
When the opportunity came for me to go to WDW in early June, I so hoped that we would get to meet one another!
When the early morning came for our Sunrise Safari, I think I was really more excited to meet the Matthew's family!!! Carly and I were out in the lounge early and discovered that there were STILL computer issues! But that wasn't going to spoil this day! :
Soon, here came Cam, Luke and Stefanie! As nervous as I was at first, the anxiety just melted away as soon as we hugged and started talking! It was just like I thought, Cam and I talked, and talked and talked! It was like we had known each other all of our lives!
When the time came for us to head to AK for our safari, we were all very excited!
The safari was truly amazing! And you will be able to tell that through Cam's photos! I highly recommend staying club level at AKL just for this experience! The amount of time our guide gave us to look at and take pictures of all of the animals was wonderful! Our guide was so knowledgable and very personable!
I don't want to say too much - as I am sure Cam will do a much better job of describing our experience! But, I will definitely be doing this safari again! I it!!!!!!
And as for the Matthew's family....well they were kind enough to spend the entire day with Carly and I! It was one of the best days I have ever experienced at WDW! Cam, Luke and Stefanie!
Meeting you and Carly was one of the most magical moments of our entire trip! Now I just wished we lived closer so we could spend more than a day together every year. And there is still so much excitement to get to this day!
Originally Posted by rhinohunter
More geat pix. You really have an eye for photography.
I have found that animals and people are some of my favorite subjects. Luke prefers inanimate objects, like buildings.
Originally Posted by MikeL
Not entirely familiar with African wildlife but I think #1 Unidentified subject is an Eland and #2 is a Roebuck I could be entirely wrong but thats whats jumping into my head as I look at those pictures. By the way the US Dep. of Interior wants to know how did get a picture of the rare and endangered North American Tree Rat
The first is an Eland. I remembered as soon as I saw your post. I usually know these and I think that's why I was worried I'd forget. But when I reread my notes, I just had ???? for him. He was beautiful! North American Tree Rat as a renaming reminds me of my Daddy used to tell us to watch out for those Streamlined Kitties with the Fluid Drive (skunks).
Originally Posted by Dlandmom2
Wow, Cam, those are just beautiful pictures! You really have outdone yourself! So many of them are frame-worthy and look professionally done!
I am actually going to frame several of them. I'm really proud of how some of these turned out and there are still more to come.
Originally Posted by sc507
Gorgeous pictures again! I am really looking forward to your scrapbook pages of the safari.
I'm really proud of the scrapbook pages for the safari. I'll post the whole book when I get it done. My goal is to finish by the end of next week.
Originally Posted by cubfancolleen
Now that's a good friend - someone who lets her girlfriend rest her head on her butt!
GREAT PICTURES, Cam!
Sounds like the best kind of girlfriend!
Originally Posted by lauriep
Fantastic photos, Cam! The animal with the twisty horns is an eland and the one with the horns curved to the back is a sable antelope. Beautiful creatures! Oh, and the egrets help the hippos (and themselves) out by picking bugs off their backs, so they know the hippos won't hurt them.
Laurie, I knew if I asked you would probably know. I had also wondered though I didn't think to ask our guide, which is weird because I'm sure I asked more questions than the other folks on the safari, about the birds that were with the hippos. Ann and I really chatted quite a bit with Erich. I remember asking one of the CMs at AKL back in 2003 about the birds that were friendly with the ankole cattle. He said something very similar.
Originally Posted by ilovedisney247
Great photos Cam! I've never seen the hippos out of the water, so that was quite a treat! As for the Sunset Safari--if there were just two of us, that's what we'd be doing, but I'm not going to dish out the $$ for 3 people and I'm not going to ask Melissa to pay up front for something like that--she's never been to WDW before and I think its a bit much for a first time visit--there are so many other things. The $ for the Sunrise Safari is a maybe. I'll have to see how the summer goes!
I don't remember ever seeing one of the hippos up and out of the water. This one was actually late to the party and came walking up and then stopped at the water. The safari is a bit pricey and I'd hate to force that upon a newcomer. As you say they are so many other things to do and see. I kind of messed up our budget with the safari as I had told Luke it was already charged to the credit card in December, but it was not. We have managed to take care of it, but that was almost $200 we hadn't planned on in June. I'll know better next time.
Originally Posted by Colexis Mom
More great pictures Cam! Love the hippos!
Originally Posted by honeybee723
You got some great shots of the animals. You'd never be able to get that on the regular safari ride.
I've gotten some very good regular safari ride pictures, but nothing like these.
Now the sunrise safari continues with the wildebeest, beautiful creatures, though they seemed reluctant to pose this morning. I was able to only get two fair pictures of them.
It seems I managed to only get their back and less attractive side.
Then our truck journeyed on further into the savannah to discover the elephants. I the elephants! They are just so majestic! And the baby has been so fun to watch grow up!
I wait until his ears fanned out to take this one.
Baby getting a drink! Too cute!
Female elephants have an interesting relationship. The aunt takes care of the young ones while Mom does her own stuff.
I thought it was neat how this elephant was drinking from over the wall.
One of my favorite photos: Baby Elephant in Motion!
Then I took one picture of something other than an animal, the baobab tree.
Early we had passed the area of the savannah where giraffes are sighted, but there was not a single one around. Our guide held out hope that we would see some further down the road. Thank goodness for me, his hope was not in vain because we finally spotted some giraffes.
Erich told us that in addition to the reticulated giraffes and new type had recently been added to Animal Kingdom, the Masai. Here is one!
You can tell the spots are a little different as well as the mane.
Now that is just precious! I officially both types of giraffes.
Too quickly for me, the giraffe all walked back and away from the truck, so we moved on, arriving soon at the largest hidden Mickey, Flamingo Island. We were told that quite a few of the flamingoes were nesting at the time.
One of the nests is visible in this photo.
Up Next: The Sunrise Finale with White Rhinos, Big Cats, and Warthogs