“Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you. – Huron”
As 2016 flies past at an unimaginable rate, I am thankful for the gift of photography that allows us to capture and immortalise moments. Londolozi has been providing great opportunities this past week and I have enjoyed one of my best cycles in the bush since I started guiding. After some much needed rain the bush seems to have come to life in spectacular fashion. Lion cubs, leopards and spectacular sunsets make up my list of highlights for the week I hope you enjoy the images!
One of two 6 week old Tsalala cubs struggling to keep its eyes open. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/800.
The second cub can’t hide her curiosity. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/1250.
The two young cubs (both females) are always looking for opportunities to pounce on each other. ISO 1250, F2.8, 1/1000.
The lighter-maned Matimba male follows the Tsalala females back to the den-site. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/5000.
The dark-maned Matimba male catches a scent in the air. ISO 640, F2.8, 1/500.
The Sparta pride have finally introduced us to their four cubs, two males and two females. The adult lionesses killed a large kudu bull on Londolozi this week and spent a few days near the centre of the reserve. ISO 1250, F2.8, 1/2000.
Doing what Lions do better than any other. ISO 1250, F2.8,, 1/2500.
Joining us at an afternoon drink stop. ISO 200, F3.5, 1/30.
Although the rain has greened up the bush, much dust still remains, which when kicked up can add immeasurable value to backlit photographs. ISO 200, F3.5, 1/250.
This giraffe can easily be identified by a bull by his thicker ossicones (not true horns). ISO 200, F4.0, 1/200.
The Mashaba female rests in the late morning ,watching her daughter pushing boundaries with a hyena. ISO 800, F2.8, 1/640.
The cub is becoming bolder and bolder, as showed by her approach to this young hyena. Had the hyena been fully-grown, it is doubtful whether she would have got so close.. ISO 2000, F2.8, 1/320.
The Mashaba female again, on the lookout for any potential prey. ISO 3200, F2.8, 1/100.
Cool earth near this wallow provides a comfortable resting place during the heat of the day. ISO 640, F3.5, 1/1250.