“Out here you cannot press rewind or fast forward, only play. You have to live in the present.” – Anynomous
In broken English, one of my recent guests – at only 9 years old – said this quote to me. It really struck me and gave me some perspective on many things; I must add his parents weren’t quite sure where it came from either.
Having a look at the world through children’s eyes can be somewhat fascinating. A child has this sense of innocence that makes them genuine, honest and real in what they do and say. They are so full of excitement and anticipation as they view animals out here, in a different way to how we take the experience. Perhaps their spirit can rub off on us more than we think and maybe we as adults should try embrace that childish wonder and innocent nature more often. Kids have the ability to just be in the present moment, inspiring us to be there, too. Nature and all it surrounds lives largely in the present and although we cannot fast forward or rewind, we can pause. I find that what photography has done, is given me the ability to pause that moment, save it and relive it.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A close-up of one of the Birmingham male lions’ intent stare.
An elephant calf stays close to it mother as the herd leaves a nearby waterhole.
The Ximungwe young female leaps down from a tree to keep up with her mother. This cub has been kept in some of the more inaccessible drainage lines to the south-west of camps, so sightings of both her and her mother have been scarce.
The large herd of buffalo slowly make their way to water. When strung out in a line like this, it is an almost certain bet that they are heading for a drink.
The injured Birmingham Male makes his way slowly through the bed of the Sand river. This male is still holding on, despite a severely atrophied back right leg.
The intimidation of a large bull hippo, as he lets us know that this is his water with a big burst of spray.
One of the Nstevu cubs climbs up a small termite mound to warm up in the morning rays.
A young basking crocodile; it is said that hatchlings grow 30cm a year and at birth are around 30cm, so this one would probably be around 1 year old.
A pair of lions drinks as the sun starts to set. Lions will drink regularly if water is available but often satisfy thirst through fluids from the meat they feed on.
A white rhino bull chews on a dead branch; unusual behaviour for the species as they are exclusively grazers.
The Senegal Bush male leopard stalks into the night.
A ritual greeting ceremony of wild dog; this was the first time we have seen a pack of wild dogs on the reserve in quite some time.
The stunning pink and white flowers of the impala lily, blooming in the middle of winter.
The Tatowa female’s cub hides up in a rock crevice, staring at us inquisitively. Sadly it looks as though the female has lost the other one of her litter, but we don’t know how.
High up in a tree a martial eagle scans its surrounds; it has the ability to spot prey from up to 6km away!
A Hyena cub squeezed tightly between its mothers legs, trying to keep warm on an overcast winter’s morning.
A White-Tailed Mongoose – one of the lesser known mongooses due to its nocturnal habits – looks around for any insects like termites in the grass.
The Three Rivers female on full alert as she scans around from the heights of a marula branch.
The Tortoise Pan male chews on a pangolin. I am still in disbelief that I saw this. This is the only image I managed to capture with my hand shaking in excitement.