Back from Africa, but still trying to cope with the volume of photos shot over there. Doing so reminded me of my trip to California to do an all-too-brief tutorial with legendary wildlife photographer Moose Peterson. Moose gave me several tips that proved useful during the trip, but probably the most succinct was "nobody wants to see the back of an animal". Not always true, but near enough.
Lots of photos of "the big five" and other impressive creatures to follow, but here's a photo of a rock dassie (or hyrax), which looks like it must be a relative of the yellow-bellied marmots I spent the afternoon photographing in California's Tioga Pass under Moose's tutelage, but is not. (It is, according to many scientists, the elephant's closest relative, despite being only about 18 inches long.)
And here's Moose's blog entry of the marmot shoot. There's video, and (unsurprisingly) a still that's better than mine were. The same is true of the previous blog posts about the gulls and the swallows we shot earlier at Mono Lake.