Mammals. They awaken in us such passion and love perhaps because we ourselves belong to this group of animals.
The diversity of mammals is astonishing, from the tiny field mouse to the big blue whale. And they have occupied almost all habitats on Earth, from deserts to oceans, through trees and air.
But the most charismatic species of mammals are also usually the most timid and intelligent, especially in Europe and those parts of the world where mankind has hunted massively since time immemorial. This is why photographing specimens of mammals in the wild is often a difficult task, except in so emblematic regions such as equatorial Africa, where much of the photographs in this gallery were taken. But there are also here wild mammals from other parts of world, and even some domestic mammals, which also deserve to be portrayed.
After some introductory photos, the following ones are grouped by species.
Here you will see lions, bears, deer, mice, cows and dolphins, among others. And I have upcoming projects in mind ...
This series of photographs were taken very early in the morning, in Maasai Mara, with a magnificent light, when silence and solitude rules, no tourists at that time. There was the herd of lions, and it was a pleasure to watch how the puppies played, under the watchful eye of adult females. Two large males accompanied them. Occasionally, females came to pick up the pups so they would not leave the area, so immersed in their games they were. The cubs played one with each other, rolling around, playing even with "toys" (some bones), they were preparing themselves for adulthood, as these games will help them in learning how to hunt. What I observed in both young and adult lions was a very "familiar" behavior, very "human", and I realized how much we seem us, homo sapiens, to these other mammals. The dim morning side light made these lions and their fur and manes shine with their more intense colors, in harmony with the tones of the savannah. Best of all was the silence and loneliness that accompanied this experience, when you feel like a privileged spectator at the forefront of this event of nature. (19/22)