When I think ‘wild’, I think…
of the ocean…
…and rugged waves smashing on to the shore…
and a rolling swell and frighteningly rough surface.
Nature at its best.
My second thought is of wildlife.
Specifically, African wildlife.
As we left camp one morning
we saw our first ‘up close’ hyena.
It did not mind that is was the focus of our attention,
after all it did belong in the park
and we were the intruders.
Late the third day of our first African Safari
we were alerted to a leopard sighting.
Above is the leopard and below the tree it is in.
The leopard is on the top branch.
Its head and ear are a give away
when you know where to look.
The last evening we had an unexpected game drive
and again found ‘Limpy’ and this her her cubs.
Limpy remained in this position about 50 metre from us.
However, children being children, were inquisitive…
…and both came to do some tourist spotting from
a pile of elephant dung around 20 feet from us.
After 20 minutes of only cameras clicking
and whispered comments we lost the sun.
In that 20 minutes I captured around 300 images
of these 8 week old cubs.
Our first encounter with ‘Limpy’, so named
because she malformed front paw.
We were also told that she could
easily bring down an impala when hunting.
We nearly ran over her as she was resting
on a track around a sharp bend
and our did not see her.
Not sure who was frightened the most.
I still remember the goose bumps on my arms
as she turned her head and looked straight up my lens.
Sadly, she was dead in less than 12 months.
We received the news whilst in Botswana.
She had a contagious disease
and veterinarians euthanized her.