Knowsley Safari Park - 2011
We often say You have to go out to take pictures which in many cases is very true. Knowsley Safari Park, isn't actually that far away and not somewhere we visit very often. The area was home to a former RAF airfield which closed at the end of World War 2. The Park has been created on the grounds of Knowsley Hall, ancestral home of Lord Derby, the Safari Park Opened in July 1971. There are an amazingly over seven hundred animals. We'd planned a visit this summer, alas not to be. The Safari drive is interesting and exciting, to see the animals in a natural environment.
During our visit there I took so many animal shots but this one is one of the few I decided to process. There's something about Meerkats that you simply have to take, their character, the way the always look after each other and the make you smile.
The portrait orientation adds height and space to the meerkats pose. This image was created by using a mix of textures which removes the original background and creates something more interesting, natural and pleasing to the eye. There's a total of 33 layer in all. I've created several more Meerkat images since then, mainly taken at Chester Zoo.
On the Look Out
The second of my meerkat images is also a zoo image. A created background, from the enclosure and sky, all taken on the day. The grass was from another images.
A meerkat is a small mongoose found in Southern Africa. They are eusocial, and form packs of two to 30 individuals each that occupy home ranges.They use a broad variety of calls to communicate among one another for different purposes. The image has the typical looking up for predators, pose but I liked the one dosing off in the background.
A couple of textures and and overlay which create mood and emotion. The background also adds a more environmental feel to the image. Layer 29 in total.