A friend sent me a link to some fine animal photos: http://rense.com/general96/shots.html
He said, "Why don't you take pics like this?" Hmm. The short reply, I guess, is that I don't have the cash or the inclination to go on safari to Africa. People get eaten by lions and stomped by elephants there, am I right?! The somewhat shorter reply is, "Who says I don't?"
I do the best I can with vacations and what I have available in the Midwest. Not that I wouldn't sell my grandma to live in a photographic paradise like the Rocky Mountains, for example. (Granny passed away from natural causes long ago; just kidding. Mostly.) Anyway, the goodhearted jibe got me looking through my pictures, as if I ever need an excuse. So for your viewing enjoyment here are a few that I'd stack up against the ones above without embarrassment.
And to the friend who prompted this I say, with loving affection, "Pthbbbbbbt!"