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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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on The Art of Seeing: What a Mistake Can Teach You

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Ian Hall
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Amy, we have all done it. The important thing is not making mistakes but learning from them.
PS Really good pictures though

Dian Deimler
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Awesome story, Amy! And so true that sometimes we miss out on the experience by trying to capture it. I always told my kids to “take a picture with your mind” to try to hold onto those special moments:-)
xoxo

Arden Zalman
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Finally, someone who gets it. Each time I return to Londolozi, 4th visit next year, I use my camera less & just try to be in the moment. The shutter clicking of other cameras drive me crazy. Spending time just being in the here & now is a treasure. Thanks Amy for sharing.

eze h
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” it’s not always about what you can capture with your camera but also what you can capture with your mind”
nicely said Amy!

marinda drake
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Awesome video Amy. Love it. So sad to know that there is only one cub left.

Irene Nathanson
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Amy,

I love the way you described what it is like to be a photographer on safari. I am so sure i have felt this exact way. Each time I say i am going to spend more time just observing or at least just video taping. I think it is so funny the sound of someone’s camera clicking away in your video. Great job!

Jill Grady
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Great video and beautiful images Amy! Thank you for a wonderful blog and so true, sometimes it’s good to put down the camera and just take in the moment.

Loretta Z
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This is so well written and so true. I remember thinking I should put the camera down more and enjoy being at Londolozi, seeing all of those animals in the wild for the first time. I will try to photograph less and observe more next time around. You’re pictures are quite beautiful though!

Wendy Hawkins
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Amy you will never forget what you saw, so take that as a privilege that not many get to have the pleasure of seeing, let alone have camera’s with batteries, lenses etc! Mistakes are what make us stronger! Wonderful pictures thank you 🙂

vaseem baig
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Amy,

thanks for sharing such an insightful blog, loved reading it. the video of adorable cubs is incredible to watch…

Chad Cocking
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I put my camera down almost a year ago and replaced it with my binoculars, and like you say, the sightings tend to be burnt into the mind rather than the memory cards.

One of my biggest regrets was strangely, a sighting similar to this – mother leopard and her cub playing on a branch at eye-level, clean background, would have made amazing photos (or at least better than my iPhone got!!!), but i still remember the sighting like it was yesterday, camera or no camera!

Julie
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I’d like to offer another perspective. I have, too, heard that you lose something behind the camera lens. For me, I have the opposite experience. When I am looking at my pictures a flood of senses return – I can feel thr temperature, the angle of the sun, the smells, my reactions to what I was seeing. I can literally relive those moments every time, no matter how long ago. It’s as if the photo takes the pressure off my visual needs and let’s my other senses get their day in the sun, too.

Neil & Barbara Hindle
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Superb commentary, Amy. We don’t always capture the best memories in “hard copy”. We had the same beautiful opportunity at Londolozi in July 2013 to observe young cubs playing while Mom watched. We have beautiful photos but even better memories. We plan to return to Londolozi with our kids and grandkids, and the lesson will be to watch and learn, while taking a few photos. Bravo and thanks for sharing.

Ros C
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Amy, I truly loved this opportunity to sit, watch and be with you in the bush, in the moment. I would even offer the suggestion that you consider posting “Video of the week” in addition to the photos for all of us poor people stuck in the urban jungle and dreaming of their next Londolozi visit!

Ros C
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Amy, I truly loved this opportunity to sit, watch and be with you in the bush, in the moment. I would even offer the suggestion that you consider posting “Video of the week” in addition to the photos for all of us poor people stuck in the urban jungle and dreaming of their next Londolozi visit!

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