We speak of Lions, we photograph Leopards, we talk and write about the Big 5. We immortalise these great creatures in our words and pictures. We hold them up to the light and gaze at them as if they are other worldly. It is an extraordinary thing to have the ability to view such amazing creatures, to get close, hear them breathe, to hear the sound of their tongues across their fur as they groom their magnificent coats. The soft tap of an Elephants ear as it cools its body down from the heat. The squeal of a young Rhino calf as it begs its mother to nurse. We live in this fantasy world, where such incredible creatures roam and for this reason, we are drawn to them, we want to learn about them and capture each step they take.
But, for one moment, just for a little, I would like to take the time to put the team in the spotlight. Each day, we head out in search of animals, in search of sightings and the perfect opportunity. Trackers work tirelessly on the trail of Leopards, track for track, time and time again. Experience is shared openly, we are taught from the masters in the field. About sounds, smells and signs of such creatures and their movements. It is an experience, one that will possibly change the way you see the world. It somehow has the ability to move you, deep down inside. The wilds of this place trigger some feelings that are stored deep within us, they are awakened, and they burst into light. This is Africa. It is where we come from. It is where our roots lie and where we will always have a bond.
To those of you who have experienced it, I encourage you to leave a comment on your feelings, for me personally, this is just my opinion. It is the way I have been captured. I have been drawn into this wild land and I am so grateful each day for the chance.
This is for the Team.
Written by: Mike Sutherland
Photographed by: Mike Sutherland and Rich Burman