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Towards the end of our first day

in Kruger National Park…

…our driver received a message which lead us to

what I call my National Geographic shot.

So called because it is where I thought it

most likely to see such a shot…

 

…and also because I imagined that such an image

would require much patience

and luck to capture.

 

 

On our final morning at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

we were woken by the sound of

breaking tree branches.

Upon looking outside into the darkness

I noticed this passerby, probably heading

for the water hole.

More surprising was the fact that it was only

this image which made me realise the there was only

a three foot six inch high fence

separating us from wildlife.

 

The following year another surprise

at Botswana’s Elephant Sands.

While at breakfast we noticed this elephant

wandering past last night’s accommodation.

We wondered how many other had

wandered past during the night.

Elephant Sands is a water hole which elephants come

to drink at any time of day or night.

As with all animals there were more

at night than during the day.

Some of the accommodation can bee seen

in the background for the record my camera

lens was set at 55 mm for this shot.

 

 

Back to 2013 and our last evening at

Sausage Tree Safari Camp.

We were offered one last surprise game drive.

About half an hour into the drive the message

came through of a sighting…at

the other end of the reserve.

 

 

 

Long story short.

Mother Limpy watched on while

Nosy and Rosy (our nicknames for the cubs)

came to within twenty-five feet of our

vehicle to watch the tourists

and play on the elephant dung.

Twenty breath taking minutes and 300 shots later,

as the sun neared the horizon,

our driver alerted other vehicles

in the reserve of our sighting.

 

 

We had seen the work of a local artist,

made contact via Facebook and had one of our photos

converted into to into a charcoal sketch which

now adorns our living room wall.

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The friendly giraffe was again waiting

near the gate as we set off

on our morning Game Drive.

Kwa Nokeng Lodge

Our first morning in Botswana.

 

 

Mostly these are…

 

…Geelong sunrises…

…or just after sunrise.

The image tags say it is a sunset

over Moorabool Valley.

 

 

 

A frosty morning in the garden.

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Whenever I see a mob of sheep

I think of farming days…briefly,

…until the realization that it only takes a cold,

wet break in the weather to wipe out

many of the lambs.

 

 These cubs bring about warm, fuzzy feelings

of how lucky we were to see them

and their mother..

A similar feeling comes when viewing most of

my African animal photos.

Although vets had to put Limpy down less than

twelve months after this photo was taken,

I will never forget the feeling as she turned

her head and looked straight into my cameras lens.

We were travelling in an open side vehicle.

She was only about twenty feet from me

and I can still feel the goose bumps

covering my body as this image was taken.

Limpy was the mother of the two cubs.

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I’m not sure if I could find

a favourite photo, so…

…this would have to be one of my favourite images,

after all it is not every day that one has

the opportunity to photograph

(wild) six week old lion clubs.

Also from our 2013 African Safari this zebra image

was a favourite even before it became

my first image sold.

 

 

Playing with camera settings I created this image image.

MGW loved it and it now adorns one of our walls.

Earlier this year I began to load some images

to Gurushots.com challenges.

This image has earned the greatest

number of votes for me

and has been rated in the

Top 100 images three times,

as well as finishing in the

Top 20 and Top 30 on 16 other occasions.

And I am still not sure why :-).

As I have often said I have no taste

when it comes to art.

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About five or six years ago were were offered

the opportunity to purchase land in the area

that was to become

South Africa’s

Greater Kruger National Park.

The idea was to build a lodge on it

and cater for the tourist trade.

Being on a Safari high….it was tempting.

The set up cost would have cleaned us out

and after living with empty pockets in the 1990s,

we do like to have a dollar in our pockets.

 

However, every now and again I wonder…..

for just a split second

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