“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  ~Albert Einstein

The words spoken in the above quote are simple ones but ones that have become very true for me. As time passes in my guiding career, I find myself feeling as though I have become more in touch with my surroundings.

My fellow guides and I often get asked by guests what our favourite time of the year is and without hesitation my answer is always, winter. However, over the past few years I have grown to appreciate the seasonal changes and the unbelievable transformations we get to witness out in the field. The coming summer months bring with them an awakening, as new born impala lambs and wildebeest calves adorn the now vibrant green open areas and inject new energy and life into the bush.

If there is anything I have learnt from the bush, it is patience. The wilderness is the greatest teacher and if one can sit back, relax and take in what the bush offers, then one can learn great lessons not only for current life but for the future as well.

This past week I have made a point of sitting back and letting nature reveal its’ secrets and wonders to me; not forcing anything but rather letting the true beauty of the bush unfold as it may.

I hope you enjoy this week in pictures…

Sand River female

The Sand River female relaxes in the canopy of the trees on a warm summer’s afternoon, allowing the breeze to cool her down. ISO 800 F2.8 1/800 @ 300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Thunderstorm

There are few things more powerful to watch in the bush than a thunderstorm. ISO 100 F7.1 10” Sigma 50mm F1.4

Matimba male

Any time one finds themselves locking eyes with an animal as impressive as this, is a time that one can be left feeling overwhelmed. ISO 1000 F4 1/1000 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Nanga female

The Nanga female digests her recently consumed meal in the safety of a tree, as the morning heats up. She is such a beautiful female with the most striking eyes. ISO 800 F4 1/2000 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Wilddog

The intensity of a stare sometimes needs no words. ISO 800 F2.8 1/400 @235mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Nhlanguleni Female

Water; it is the key to survival. Let’s hope the coming months deliver some rain. ISO 800 F2.8 1/6400 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Leopard coat

The coat of a leopard is always one that fascinates me. The perfect design for an incredible predator. ISO 1000 F2.8 1/1600 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Kudu bull

A silhouette of a kudu bull shows the struggle against flies as they seek out moisture. ISO 800 F4 1/250 @120mm Sigma 120-300mm

Young hyena

We spent a large portion of our afternoon watching this little hyena cub, until its mother decided to head off for the evening. After watching its mother disappear, the youngster then headed back into the safety of the den.  ISO 800 F2.8 1/1000 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm

Nanga female

If ever there was a perfect moment with a leopard, in perfect light, it is this one. The Nanga female stretched and relaxed on this boulder all afternoon, in beautiful golden light. ISO 800 F2.8 1/400 @ 128mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Mashaba female

The reason why leopards are so elusive. Incredible camouflage combined with supreme strength create a great huntress. The Mashaba female watches a herd of impala from the cover of a guarri tree. Iso 800 F2.8 1/2000 @300mm sigma 120-300mm

Buffalo

Being such water dependant animals and having to drink on a regular basis, it’s always great to watch as a large herd of buffalo approaches a waterhole. ISO 800 F4 1/800 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm

Matimba Male

I often wonder to myself what is going on behind those eyes and what those eyes have seen in their lifetime. ISO 100 F4 1/250 @ 300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

wildebeest

Normally seen grazing in the clearings, I couldn’t help but take this rather different picture of this wildebeest bull as he peered at us over a fallen log. ISO 800 F2.8 1/800 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Elephants skin

Textures. A close up of an elephant’s hide. ISO 800 F2.8 1/4000 @ 220mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Cheetah and sunset.

The perfect end to the day. This is my favourite picture of the week as it is a picture I have been trying to get for a very long time. ISO 640 F2.8 1/400@ 200mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Matimba male

The Flehmen grimace. This is a technique used by the males to detect the evidence of oestrus in females. Sidelight gives us a very powerful view of one of the Matimba males. ISO 1000 F2.8 1/160 @300mm Sigma 120-300mm F2.8

Silhouette

A couple of male impalas move to the airstrip in the late afternoon, seeking an open area in which to rest for the evening. ISO 800 F5 1/500 using the Sigma 120-300 F2.8

Leopard coat

Another image of a leopard’s coat. I cannot get enough of the beautiful markings. ISO 800 F2.8 1/2000 @300mm Sigma 120-300 F2.8

Thuderstorm in the bush

One of my all-time favourite pictures. The intensity of the storm says it all. ISO 100 F7.1 15” @ Sigma 50mm F1.4

 

Written and photographed by Trevor McCall-Peat, Londolozi Ranger

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Trevor McCall-Peat

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Trevor joined Londolozi from Balule Game Reserve, and with this head start in guiding, he was up and running in no time as a Londolozi Ranger. Trevor has a unique style in photography, capturing images from fresh angles that most wouldn’t see. This ...

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16 Comments

on The Week In Pictures #209

Bev Goodlace
Guest

Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing them with us. So looking forward to getting back to Londolozi to ‘look deep in to nature’.

Alice Ross
Guest

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING as usual Trev!!!! I think my favourite has to be the storm – seldom do I select something other than an animal but this shows the intensity of nature so totally! LOVE your photos Trev – you always manage to capture the emotions and textures so beautifully

sharee
Guest

My favourites for this week Trev….The silhouette of the kudu and the yawning leopard. All breathtaking as usual though.

marinda drake
Guest

Stunning images Trevor!

Lynn Rattray
Guest

So happy to have news of the Nanga female! Love her!!

Ian Hall
Guest

Amazing pictures, despite the really good leopard photos, my wall candy would have to be the last photo of the storm.

Surprised at the serious quality coming from the Sigma lenses.

Judy B.
Guest

Beautiful photos! Love the hyena cub. It seems to be saying, “Who are you and why are you watching me?”

We have the pleasure of coming to Londolozi in August 2016. Absolutely can’t wait!

Kim Beasley
Guest

All are amazing shots!! Love the Nanja female…so beautiful. The B&W of leopard hidden by the tree is the best shot to me…I’ve never seen that before!! The Lion’s eyes are pretty awesome, too. Thank you!

Ann Seagle
Guest

Amazing! Can’t imagine being there!!!

Wendy Hawkins
Guest

Oh wow Trevor these are all fantastic. Thank you for sharing with us “at home” bloggers. Have a fantastic weekend

Malcolm Stewart
Guest

Wow Trevor all fantastic photos “the cheetah silhouette” is amazing. Also the storm photo catching the Lightning is epic.

Cynthia House
Guest

Such beautiful photos as always, a wonderful way to start the day.

Jill Grady
Guest

All fantastic images Trevor! I love seeing the Nanga female and she’s looking very healthy. The Cheetah silhouette is stunning and a great photo of the storm.

Richard Frankle
Guest

Absolutely stunning work Trevor!!

Love
Guest

Great pictures as always …..love them and a highlight of the week
And please keep on putting the lens used on the picture …

Stephen Frankle
Guest

Absolutely fantastic Trevor !! As always I love your Leopard shots but your silouette of the Cheetah is my favourite this week.

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