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We came up on a group of about a dozen giraffes (Girraffa Camelopardalis) in the Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa, and quietly watched them move among a grove of acacia trees, nibbling their way along. This cow and her calf were more curious about us than the rest, and stopped and turned to check us out.

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

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  • trueblvr
    trueblvrabout 1 year ago

    I’m in love….

  • Di
    aren’t they something to see….true maternal affection

    – phil decocco

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanabout 1 year ago

    Ah! Motherly love!!! Great moment…great photo, Phil.

  • thanks jack,
    mothers do get that little extra something about their offspring…..

    – phil decocco

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 1 year ago


  • monnie
    thanks for that! Just great to have seen and captured

    – phil decocco

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 1 year ago

    gorgeous picture xx

  • thanks lynn
    it was heart warming to see in the wild

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonabout 1 year ago
    C6 and T1 sure do have a sharp bend! I wonder if giraffe’s ever get stiff necks. That should keep me up all night! Lol What a great shot, Phil.
  • pete
    or sore throats……I was fascinated to learn that they have seven neck bones just like us!

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 1 year ago

    Lovely – are female giraffes called cows?

  • shulie
    they are called cows……seems like they should have their own name….

    – phil decocco

  • Peter Stratton
    Peter Strattonabout 1 year ago

    Phil, you mis-understood. C6 is the 6th cervical vertebrae (neck) and T1 is the first thoracic vertebrae (chest) Like all mammals, the giraffe has six neck bones and must be enormous! But, don’t you see the sharp bend at that juncture? :-)

  • pete
    both humans and giraffes have seven neck bones, theirs are obviously larger than ours, but we do each have seven. Having had fusions done, I have those down pretty clearly…

    – phil decocco

  • vigor
    vigorabout 1 year ago

    How adorable, great capture!

  • V
    same love I see in your avatar!! Mothers are fantastic!

    – phil decocco

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 1 year ago

    2014/01/07 1 × 24hrs
    Excellent capture!!

  • maggie
    many thanks for this banner

    – phil decocco

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 1 year ago

  • maggie,thanks much!

    – phil decocco

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