Patterns in the Grass.. a famous video.. my perspective..

I have often referred to the Zebra as a pattern in the grass and the books talk of the confusion their stripes can have on a predator… these few photos certainly confuse the eye as to the zebra stripes, where do they start and end ??…

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67 thoughts on “Patterns in the Grass.. a famous video.. my perspective..

  1. Wonderful photos! Sorry I haven’t been around lately, i have missed visiting your blog and seeing your excellent photography. 🙂

    • It took a lot of my time arranging them in these patterns,,, they are not the best models and don’t take direction too well… lol … thank you, I snapped these and only saw the potential to post when I down loaded them… I have mentioned so often how this works in nature but never managed to capture any thing that looked like that which I have described…. these did the job for me…

        • That is so true… I have not an hour ago returned from a spot I passed the other day.. bad light but I saw 1000s of gulls on the ground and stopped to see if I could get a good photo… when I got home and looked at those captures something (apart from the bad light) looked odd… I zoomed in to find 100s of chicks on the ground… as I say I’ve just got back and not even looked at the captures of those I took today, but the sun was shining so I must have some good ones to post some time…

  2. Great shots, especially the last one.

    You know, I never actually noticed that zebras had striped manes before I looked at your photos in this post. I’ve photographed them many times at the zoo and never noticed their mane or tail colours.

    • It is difficult to actually determine how many there are in that photo… thank you.. I’m feeling a lot better, some days can walk for hours at a slower pace than I normally do, and other days I can’t get 100 ft without puffing and panting… but it will all come right in the end I hope… this operation or illness has taken me from a fairly fit strong man to now one that feels old… so that I have to reverse quickly…

  3. These photos illustrate your point perfectly, especially the last one which for me has a kaleidoscope effect.

    • It is actually difficult to count how many are in the last photo… I wouldn’t argue with anyone’s guess, as I don’t know the answer…

    • The KNP is covered in water… in fact we found water standing in pools where there is no water hole… good for winter but bad for poachers, the veld is very dense… good cover for the bastards to hide in…

    • Thank you… it is something that I’ve wanted to capture and keep forgetting rather just going for the individual or fancy group photos… these worked well…

    • Now that is an interesting theory they give out on that site… they need to come to Africa in Summer to see the zebra with the tick eating birds all over them feeding… the zebra hair is fairly dense and possibly difficult for mosquitoes to get to their thickish skin to feed… but I’ve seen zebra on a small game farm that we managed, full of flies and we actually devised a manner of applying insecticidal protection to reduce the flies, so I’m not convinced but wont argue with the experts…

  4. Beautiful photos bulldog! You know, as long as I can remember I have loved horses. As a child, I just figured zebras were horses with stripes and that I was going to ride one some day. 🙂
    Diana xo

    • Thanks Vanessa… it was when going thru my photos that these few just jumped out at me as a good example of a pattern that must be difficult for the predators to distinguish an individual animal…

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