“Growth happens in adversity. When you come out of your comfort zone, you tend to discover new facets to your creativity and talent. Troubles don’t always break you; they make you too.”
Being behind the camera has always been a foreign thing for me. Everyone who knows me will know that I don’t usually take photos.
The pressure of being in the right place at the right time and the thought of missing the opportunity of capturing the perfect image makes me feel very uncomfortable. Over this slow period in the bush, I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to take a camera with me on drive. Only as I began to feel more at ease, did I start to realise that getting the photograph was great but enjoying what you are doing is the most important aspect. I overcame that feeling of missing out and it allowed me to capture some wonderful memories.
So this week in pictures may not be from this week, but is a culmination of what I have been able to capture on my adventures over the last 2 months…
Enjoy this combined Week in Pictures…
This male waterbuck was resting on a cold misty morning. As we got deeper into winter, we started to see more and more waterbuck as they were drawn to the river due to the fact that they are very water dependent.
Leopards love to drape themselves over a branch after a meal. This allowed me the opportunity to capture just the tail of the Mashaba female after she finished off her impala kill.
This Crowned Lapwing chick was in a hurry to catch up to its mother.
There was a tangible stench on this hyena as it had most likely come from a meal. It took the opportunity to have a drink and a bath.
I had never really noticed the yellow underwings of a Brown Headed Parrot until this one kindly sat and displayed all its splendid colours.
Without a doubt, this is my favourite picture. This time I was in the right place at the right time on a fresh winter morning.
As the seasons start to change, one of the first trees to start flowering are the Schotias. The red of the flowers really sticks out as everything else is grey.
Cheetahs do not have the ability to defend their kills from larger predators and so this female was dragging her kill to a sheltered place before the vultures spotted it from above.
One of the Avoca males was on a territorial patrol. This male is starting to shift his territory further and further onto Londolozi which could start causing a shift in the dynamics of the Lion prides.
African Hawk Eagles are prolific hunters. This Juvenile was perched ready to flush out some Guineafowl in the thicket not far away. Unfortunately the Guineafowl were alert to his presence.
A Birmingham Male has a drink at the closest watering hole after feeding on a buffalo kill.
We see so many Impala that sometimes we don’t stop to appreciate their beauty but this alert male caught my eye.
The Makomsava female leaves her cubs at the den and goes hunting.
Nothing is more rewarding than finding lions walking down the road, especially late in the morning after searching for hours.
This collection would not be complete without a Little Bee-eater, one of my favourite birds.