Hipposterus, On June 20, 2015June 20, 2015 By cindy knokeIn Conservation, MY PHOTOGRAPHS, REVERIES, TRAVEL REVIEWS hippopotamus. Roll and wallow, bellow and burp. Loaf all day, and eat all night. I wish I, were a hippotomi! Cheers to you from Kruger’s loudest critter~ Share this:pinterestEmailLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Awwww, so kind!
I feel so fortunate t be on of the first people to see this, thank you for posting 🙂
Ohhhh, I am so lucky to know you!
the feeling is the same 🙂
You do our wild life such justice with your amazing photos… wish you were here so I could take you with to the Kalahari Gemsbok Park on our trip next month…. it is so different to Kruger… yet so brilliant a place. .. I think you’d love it. … no fences around the camps so the lion can get close, as do all the animals that want to…. but the viewing of game is so different…. google it
I was especially interested in what you would think of my photos because you are a brilliant photographer and you live in South Africa, meaning you know so much more than I. The fact that you think I do your wildlife justice is huge to me.
I would so love to visit the Kalahari.
I don’t know what it is, but I feel safer among South Africa’s wild animals than anywhere.
It’s because the rules are so clear. Listen to the animals, they will tell you what to do, and they are so much more honest then many humans.
Friendship and cheers to you my friend. Already missing Africa~
Wow ….. the fact that you realised that the animals tell you when they are feeling nervous is fantastic…. wish more visitors were like you, it would save the lives of so many of our animals that are shot because people think they are impervious to an attack… you are so welcome to our animal Kingdom, we need more tourists like you… I would so love to show you the Kalahari park, so different to Kruger… you would love it
I would love the Kalahari and would especially enjoy an insiders view! Have a most splendid time and I look forward with anticipation to your photos my friend!
Me too! <3
Thank you for sharing your photographs, Cindy. 🙂
Thank you for looking at them Ranu~ <3
Oh, thank you!
Such lovely words with laid back hippos. Burp!
Thank you, I wish I could burp all day without saying “excuse me!” 😉
fantastic photos – especially the one upside down! Thats not something I’ve seen before!
Me neither! Muddy hooves! 😉
Wouldn’t want those across my carpet, I will stick with dogs 😉
Yeah, I’m not sure they would make the best pets……. 😉 😉
Just like your emoticons!!!
Wow impressive captures – fascinating animal, maybe not the most clever (been told their brains are smaller than smal) but they are stupid with style… 😀
Well, I don’t know how intelligent they are, but I am impressed they can roll over in rivers without getting water in their ears! 😉 They are endangered because people hunt them, and that to me is the essence of stupidity! 😉
Once read in the National Geography that the hippo brain was very small not much bigger than a fist – it should also be the wild animals in Africa that kills the most people, but mostly it was the man’s own sake – a very impressive animal in my eyes – when we see how relaxed they can be so it’s hard to imagine their great temperament and fearlessness in other contexts… 🙂
Yes, I was always struck by the fearsome reputations many of these animals have, and the peaceful placid creatures I observed. I think the two keys are threat and food. If a wild African animal feels threatened by you, you are in trouble. Similarly, if you look like food to them and they are hungry, you may well be in trouble too. This doesn’t happen with the hippsters though because they are grazers. They can be incredibly dangerous when threatened though, so I made sure not to do this. I did observe a mother hippo get separted from her calf by a reckless safari vehicle. All I observed in both mother and calf was heartbreaking terror~
Amazing creatures, I can see, that you kept yourself in a good distance Cindy 😀
Funny a hippo actually got very close to me without me knowing it while I was barbequing. This was on my first trip to Africa. He was grunting at me in the bushes and I didn’t know what sort of critter it was at first! It was on the other side of an electric fence though!
You were very lucky Cindy, that there was a fence 🙂
Most of all because they are so unpredictable, we never know, what they will do.
Yes, I have seen videos of irate hippos, including one chasing a ranger down a road. Scary~
Ganz herzlichen Dank für deine wunderbaren und einmaligen Bilder aus der fantastischen Natur Südafrikas. Ich stand einen Moment neben Dir und staunte über die Tierwelt, während Du fotografiert hast. Ernst
Oh du bist eine wunderbare Person Ernst und ich fuhle mich geehrt, die Sie kennen!
Even with their tough and fearsome reputation, they are still SO cute! I just love the picture of them out sunbathing. Seeing how they spend their day makes me want to be a hippopotamus too! Thanks Cindy. <3 🙂 ~Lynn
They really are fun animals to watch and listen too! They are so noisy. You can see that little baby hippo bellowing. Why was he bellowing? I think because he felt like it! 😉
Wunderschöne Fotos Grüße lieb und wünsche ein gutes und sonniges weeklend Gruß und Umarmung Gislinde
Gluckliche Samstag mein lieber Gislinde und Prost! <3
beautiful pics as usual !! and so empathetic …..
Takes a person with empathy to recogize it in another! <3
How wonderful to be in such a fantastic place.
Yes, you can see why I have flown 22 hours twice to be there!
Con esa apariencia bonachona, son temibles. Mejor mantenerse alejado de ellos. 😉
Definitivamente no quieren abrazar a los seres humanos y les gusta su espacio! 😉 😉
They look cute and sort of funny the way they lay on the dry ground together there.
Do you see the baby bellowing? Over what? I have no idea. They just to like bellowing! 😉
You capture different worlds so well. So glad you took that vacation.:)
Even more glad that you came along! You made the experience better~ <3
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I love hippos and Cindy Knoke has taken some stunning photographs on her trip.. do pop over.
You are very thougthful Sally and most appreciated my friend! Thank you~ <3
Pleasure Cindy and enjoy the weekend.
Ooooh, how I ❤️ these goofy beasts. Fabulous photos, Cindy.
Aren’t they wonderful! I can’t believe their constant conversations, carried out motto voce!
How fun to watch these hippos. Great captures, Cindy! Love the last one. 🙂
I think that is what you call a perfect, symbiotic relathionship! <3
Beautifully said. It’s why it’s so moving… 🙂 <3
Nothing like seeing them in the wild, Cindy. Great captures. I liked Bulldog’s comment. You do them justice.
Awww, that especially makes me happy Lynne. Thank you~
What strange and fascinating creatures–great capture on the last image.
They are incredibly vocal! They carry on like nobody’s business all day long. I liked the photo of the baby bellowing, you could hear him clear as day from a mile away! 😉
Awwww, thanks and Happy Weekend Timothy!
Your wonderful free-verse poetry plus photos really made me smile! Have a great weekend, Cindy!
Well, if you smiled, that is only fair, since your posts always do the same to me my friend! <3
Awww, you are so sweet, Cindy! I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I am so glad that I did! xo
Great to see Africa from a personal perspective. 🙂
I think one of you Hippo’s is being Stalked. 😀
Yep, I was always was a hippster! I fully relate to the lifestyle~ 😉
Love this, Cindy. It reminds me of an uncle of mine, God rest his soul….
Well it sounds like he’s spending both his lives resting! 😉
So fantastic and fun, Cindy!
Thanks my friend and that is a good description of an African safari!
Stirring pictures, especially that crane (?) taking a free ride. They must be friends or have made a pact, methinks. 😀 😀 😀 Love all your photography. Keep up the wonderful work. <3 <3
Awwww, thanks and the herons hippo surf all the time! I bet they eat bugs off the hippos backs.
Oh, it’s a heron! I don’t know all our feathered friends. My comment was tongue in cheek and yes, I’ve seen these twosomes before and assumed they had to have some kind of understanding. A hippo back laden with bugs sounds a good exchange. 😀 😀 😀
Amazing photos of fabulous creatures. Gee, somehow they so remind me of me! LOL 😆
They definitely do all the things I like to do, eat, talk, sleep and loaf!
Even alligators don’t mess with those guys. They gave bad tempers.
They can be a tad techy! 😉
I loved hippos as a kid and always wanted to see one- still think they’re interesting and awesome! Wonderful shots of them! 😍
I have noticed that the things you loved as a child, you still enjoy as an adult, if you have the time to pay attention!
Yes that’s true and I’m so thankful for my girls because I get to let out that kid again 😉😄
It is a wonderful aspect of being a parent! I miss those days~
Still I’m amazed that such cute animals can be so ferocious, when kid I’d love to be on one like the bird in the last photograph, lol, now I know that the end wouldn’t be so happy.
They are so protective of their young and you are right. It would be awesome to be a bird because when something or someone bothers you, you can just fly away! 😉
Great pictures! I have so many memories, mostly funny, of hippos. Like meeting one walking on the path back to our lodge on New Years Eve after midnight…he looked pink 😉 But I took care never to swim in same waters with them. I bet you left part of your heart out there in the wilderness….
I totally did leave a chunk of my heart with the wild ones. I don’t care how wild the wild things are,
“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” They are still nicer than some humans! 😉 😉
What a life! And in a way, they are pretty darned cute too.
Yep, these are the reasons I’d like to be a hippo! 😉 😉
Daring heron. I’m surprised “he” looks very similar to our herons.
He does look the same and those herons are fully addicted hippo surfers. I’m surprised they aren’t smoking pot…. 😉 😉
If the hippos move around do the herons still hang out or do they prefer their hippos more mellow?
I saw herons staying on the hippos as they swam gently, but if they made abrupt moves, they flew off……They were on hippos who were sleeping and awake, sometimes two herons per hippo!
Amazingly benign-looking for such dangerous beasts. I loved the picture of the doped-up hippo which had escaped from the zoo in Tblisi during a flood, walking along sedately and calmly with the men who rounded it up! Wonderful photos!
Ohhhh, I must google this photo. I remember the video of the ranger being chased down the street by a ticked off hippo. Never did find out the denouement of this debacle!
How GORGEOUS – what delightful captures! 😉
Very pleased you enjoyed them and I am a big fan of your photography as well!
Thank you Cindy! 🙂
Wonderful insight into the world of hippos! 🙂
Of course none of it is remotely factual! 😉 😉
Of course not! Wolfie knew that 😉 lol
Smart wolf child` <3
How close were you able to physically get to the animals. This is an amazing trip you are sharing with us. Thank you.
I was usually on a bridge looking down on a river, or in a bird hide, by a lake. We were closer at the lakes in the hides, but they are safe observation platforms. The closest I got to a hippo was on our first trip, when one was grunting right at the fence next to me while I barbequed! The fence was electrified however and I was perfectly safe. Oh, and I forgot, we went on three ranger driven game drives, and the ranger got the vehicle inadvertantly in the middle of a mother hippo and her calf at night. They feed on land at night. Both animals were in an absolute panic, I think a lion was involved. We were very close to both, but again in a National Park vehicle and perfectly safe. I felt terrible for both of them, especially when the ranger explained that “lions take advantage of situations like this.”
Makes me want to say bad, bad lion but he/she is doing what comes naturally. You are definitely experiencing these animals up close and personal and if there’s anyone I trust with the treasures of the world, it’s you.
I’d have to stay in the shallows because I’m not much of a swimmer, Cindy 🙂 Superb shots!
Plus, I’m not really eager to go for a dip with a hippo! 😉
You’re not? They look good company to me, but maybe a little clumsy. I suffer from that myself so we’d get on well 🙂
Wow, what a trip Cindy. They’re really cute as young ones. Hard to imagine how big they get. Do they have any natural predator I wonder?
Only one significant predator, humans. They are classified as endangered. Lions and crocs will pick off babies if the mother is distracted, but the principal predator of hippos are humans.
We can be a nasty species can’t we.
Wow great entry.
Welcome & merci beaucoup!
Will take a pass on the hippo burps, thanks. 😉 As always, amazing photos.
Laughing……what, you don’t like hippo burps??? 😉 😉
Perhaps not in person. 🙂
Best heard from a distance………
Hippos are….never mind!
adorable?????? 😉 😉
So you could bellow and Burp? 🙂 Wonderful photos of hippos. –Curt
I would love to both bellow and burp, two things that tend to be frowned upon if I do……..
Go for it Cindy. 🙂 I won’t tell. –Curt
Thanks for these wonderful photos Cindy. They really are extraordinary creatures!
Can’t wait till you go Alison, so I can travel vicariously with you!
Wow, extraordinary photos and animals!
Despite their fearsome reputation, they are peaceable grazers, unless they get annoyed. One doesn’t want to annoy a hippo!
Absolutely beautiful creatures, your pictures do them credit Cindy, it is so beautiful to see them in their natural environment, as opposed to the stark portrayal in Zoos.
There is such an incredible difference in the eyes of animals that are free compared to those in zoos isn’t there! Hippos in a concrete pool just aren’t the same.
Love your play on words Cindy, great post, fantastic photos.
I think your next housesitting endeavor should definitely include hippo sitting! That would be a challenge even for Jack! 😉
What a hoot that would be Cindy. It sounds as if you have fallen in love with them. Better strat digging a wallow hole for them at the Holler
If only we weren’t on strict water rationing, I can’t even water my flowers, I’d probably consider it! 😉
Glad you like them!
Loved it, loved it, thanks for sharing. xx
Thank you more for the appreciation!
beste Grüße, liebe Cindy, schönen Sonntag, Klaus
Haben Sie eine wunderbare Woche mein Freund, Klaus, und ich danke Ihnen!
ich danke ihnen
Thank you very much and happy weekend Cindy….💗💗💗
You too my friend and wonderful week to you too!
🙂 💗 🙂 💗 🙂
They look happy, they are not damaged by magazine photos always showing the perfect waste line 🙂
Plus who likes all this skinniness anyway? Not me and who wants a skinny hippo. Certainly not me!
Great minds think alike 🙂
Plus, I am really considering some chocolate right now!
Holy cow–or hippo as the case may be. Those are–again–some spectacular photos, Cindy. What a treat to see these fellows (and of course your handiwork in capturing them on film!)
Cheers to you and now that you mention it, they do sort of remind me of The Holler’s cows, even the bellowing, but the hippos are definitely better swimmers and they can spin underwater without getting water in their ears! This is a talent I would like to have.
Their eyes are just above the water. Their horizon is unknown to me, but I like that they have one!
What an interesting perspective you, and they, have Resa. Thanks for helping me to see this in a new way!
Cool! I am a hip – po wanna be!
You are very hip, but not po Resa!
Great title, pics and descriptions! How close were you? Telephoto lens?
Yes, 1200 mm equivalent telephoto. We got somewhat close in bird hides, but were never in any danger ever from the hippos.
Liebe Cindy wunderschöne Tierfotos einfach wunderbar sei ganz lieb und herzlichst gegrüßt Klaus in Freundschaft
Sie sind ein lieber Freund Klaus und ich weiB, Sie lieben Tiere so viel wie ich meinen Freund zu tun!
What a life!
I would appreciate it immensely! 😉
Hmm, not sure I’d want to live a life where I had to live in crocodile-infested mud. I have a thing about crocodiles. I imagine their skin is silky and well conditioned, though. 😉
Yes, I’d imagine all those permanent mud masks are a delight indeed for a crocagators complexion!
Fun post and photos Cindy. I almost want to be a hippo! 🙂
We should form a club. We could get bumper stickers, the, “I want to be a Hippo Club!” It seems much better then being a human! 😉
I’m ready. Sign me up! 🙂
Laughing….okay but the charter members have to put the bumper stickers on their cars. Are you sure you are ready for this comittment!!! 😉 😉
I can handle it, especially if I get to lay around in water, eat and sleep all day! 🙂
You definitely get to be in the club! 😉
Yay! Hippos Unite! 🙂
I was surprised to find when I lived in Africa that hippos are the deadliest animal (except perhaps mosquitoes) on the continent. The only place I would swim there was Lake Kivu, a lake high in the mountains where the water was warmed by thermal vents and so hippos and bilharzia could not live there. Great, great photos!
Yes, they do have a fearsome reputation for good reason, but t they are endangered and their principal predators are humans. This might contribute to this ferocity. They may not like us all that much. You must have had such incredible experiences living in Africa. That lake sounds divine. Did you take some photos of it??? Hint, hint~ 😉
Amazing photos as always!
Such thoughtful appreciation from you as always! <3
You are “hip”, Cuz, just without the “potomus” . All of your Africa pics so far have been brilliant. Love ’em all. Looks like you’ve found a private corner of heaven. Keep on enjoying it !!! 🙂
Well, I am Holler bond now, but still have some more pics of African critters. You can probably tell I kinda like ’em! Hope you are doing well. I pop over to your blog regularly to make sure I’m not missing anything!
You haven’t missed much lately, Cindy. Been busy with family events and home projects to do much else lately and by the time evening rolls around I’m just too tired to think. Got a lot done in the past month though and I think summer will be much easier now. Travel safely. 🙂
Can’t wait to see what you do to your beautiful home in the summer months Paul~
Makes me…. almost…. want to be a hippo!
Yep, I like their lifestyle! <3
In Afrikaans, a hippo is called a “seekoei” which directly translated is a see cow 🙂
Fascinating and I can see why they came up with this moniker. Interestingly, the term hippopotamus came from the Greeks and means sea horse. Seems people were on similar tracks regarding seekoeis (I wish I could pronouce this) albeit separated by time and distance!
I’ve found you at last – again , and what treasures i’ve scrolled through.. think I’ve at last mastered how to follow you and will be chagrined if it doesn’t work this time…
I hope it works and I was just over catching up on your blog! You blog is packed full of interesting posts my friend. Thanks for stopping by and cheers to you!
Thank you Cindy… I think I’ve done it this time !!!!
Hippos look cute, but they’re definitely dangerous. Brave bird!
I think the herons and hippos are buddies! 😉
How can such a dangerous animal look so round and lovable! Bit like us humans I suppose.
Yes indeed! Looks can be deceiving, especially with humans!
ich hoffe, es ist bei euch besseres Wetter, beste Grüße, Klaus
Vielen Dank fur das Kurz aufhalten bei Klaus und haben eine wunderbare Woche mein Freund!
ich danke auch
Cindy, wonderful shots of those hippos, taken at a wise distance, I see! Hippos are rather good at trampling African villages underfoot, probably not maliciously but just because they’re focused upon getting from A to B, without bothering about what stands in their path.
I imagine they can create quite a path of destruction, but then so do elephants! They are really big grazers!!!
Majestic animals indeed! Great photos 🙂
Oh, so very pleased you like Maria and thank you!
These are fantastic shots, Cindy. And I love your post title 😀
Awwww, thank you and welcome too. I was just over checking out your blog and am now a follower and fan!
Thanks so much, Cindy! 😀
Great hippo pics Cindy! They are massive awesome looking creatures! I have a couple of stuffed animal hippos! Hugz Lisa and Bear
The stuffed versions make better pets I am almost certain! 😉
Must be nice to just chill on a hippo like that!
Yes, and not be concerned with keeping your waistline trim! ;0
A giant! I have heard they run fast though… Thank you for sharing!
Yes, I saw a video of a hippo chasing a park ranger and he was gaining on him! I’m not sure but I think they can run about 19mph….
That’s faster than us…
They can’t sustain that speed for very long though as they get pooped out quickly…..
Hi! I like the last photo best! 🙂
Fae, how do I do a better job following your new site? I subscribed, but don’t get your posts in my inbox! I miss you!
At this point, there are two ways to receive notifications.
1. Click ‘Like’ on my Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/FaesTwistAndTango
(I do no bombard with posts).
2. Sign up for e-mail notifications through my blog top right (I only post once a week on Wednesdays).
The other option is to have http://fae-magazine.com/ in your ‘Favoraits’ and check it when you have time.
Thank you Fae. I will try the facebook option and hope it works. I want to see your posts!
Spectacular shots, Cindi!
Awww, the hippos (and I) are pleased you find them attractive~
alles Gute, Klaus
Ja, das Leben ist gut!
Wonderful! I had no idea I was related to the hippo; we sound so alike.
Yes, I know, the mud baths, the loafing, the eating, the hollering. It sounds just like my life at The Holler! 😉 😉
:D. Don’t forget the burping!
Oh, excuse me! 😉 😉
Cindy, these hippos are so interesting. They surely look relaxed. Hugs! Veraiconica
They do don’t they. I think they mostly are, unless they get pertubated!
What a blast! Super super photos, Cindy! Thanks much! 🙂
Thank you more for such a nice comment my friend~
Well deserved, Cindy! 🙂
The happy hippo ~ your 4th photo is just the epitome of siesta time. Give me inspiration on how to spend my afternoon. Wishing you safe travels!
Hippos for me are the ultimate role models! 😉
Remarkable and original photos of hippos – Lovely <3
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