After an evening in the wine cellar with many a bottle of a wine, some great food, conversation and a few staff members, John Rhodes words were, ‘it was like being with family’. I always find it such a treat to reconnect with guests that I have previously looked after and last month was no different. I had looked after the Rhodes in October of 2011 and when I found out that they were returning I was ecstatic. The above ‘wine cellar dinner’ sparked a conversation between Polly and myself about photography and whilst the boys spoke about the wine and rugby, I talked Polly into sharing some of her wonderful pictures with us and I am so glad she did. Enjoy…
We are so fortunate to have the mother cheetah and her two cubs spending more time on Londolozi. Polly and John were fortunate enough to see them on a kill during their stay. The female had just killed an impala ram. On arrival to the sighting, the youngsters could not be seen and the mother was still panting from the hunt. The youngsters eventually came out and began feeding.
This elephant spent a while at Circuit pan drinking and Jess Boon, Jeff Mhlongo and the Rhodes spent over an hour watching him play. Polly got some great shots and it was tough to choose the best.
Jeffery heading off into the bush on a chilly winters morning.
The Marthly Male cruising his territory
Hip-scar Majingilane male making his way towards the Sparta pride. I thought the black and white conversion worked really nicely for this picture.
The Marthly Male hunting impala, one can see the determination in his eyes.
The sunrise over the lowveld is breathtaking.
A Dazzle of Zebra
Photographed by Polly Rhodes