The Monkey Soccer Mom – Weekly Travel Photo

Mother and Child - Chobe Safari - Botswana

While we may differ from monkeys in more than a few ways, some things remain the same.  Young baboons are every bit as curious, rambunctious, and entertaining as human children. They also appear to be every ounce the challenge for their parents to deal with.  In this photo from Chobe National Park in northern Botswana I captured a healthy mother and her rather animated child right before he launched himself from her back and into the nearby grass for a playful romp, roll, and flop.

The mother’s mixture of vexed parent and half-ignored mode of transport reminds me vividly of the small army of soccer moms (and dads) that descended on the rich green grass fields behind my apartment back in Arizona every weekend.  The kids could often be seen half-tumbling out of the mini-van’s sliding doors moments after the vehicles came to a stop. The raised voices of vexed parents chasing after them.

Both sights brought a smile to my face.  Though I will admit that I’m ever so slightly more partial to the oversize ears and awkward tail that define a baby baboon.

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

Animals in Spring

We often think of visiting the Zoo in the summer months.  Times when it’s hot outside and the escape to a small oasis with wild animals, great  palms and more sounds particularly alluring.  Yet the animals themselves feel that same urge to avoid the heat and crowds, particularly here in Phoenix.

On previous trips to the Zoo I’ve mostly encountered Giraffes huddled in the shade, Monkeys sequestered in small shady corners, and the occasional lazy Lions paw dangling haphazardly out of a cubby.   Taking advantage of a warm week in early spring, I opted for an off season visit. To my delight the animals were out in fine form enjoying the weather and providing me with an opportunity to record a bit of video. Enjoy!