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Dean de la Rey

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Dean grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember that far back!). He attended school in Pretoria, thereafter completing ...

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on This Week in Pictures #471

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Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Wowzer, these are spectacular – a vintage week 11/10

Alessandra Cuccato
Senior Digital Ranger

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Wow! Love your pics this week Dean. Fantastic images of leopards and lions.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Hard to select a favorite this week! Great style & variety!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thanks for some fabulous photos Dean, hard to pick a favourite. What a wonderful sighting you had with the lions so close up – I remember on one drive a few years ago, a wild dog pack also used our vehicle for shade. The adults slept while the pups fought over a regurgitated impala ear!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

I will think of that mud covered rhino every time I do a bentonite clay facial mask from here on.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Dean, I loved all the photos, I saved cub, I saved baby elephant, cub drinking the water, I also saved leopard,🤗

Rosemary Dick
Explorer

Thank you, Dean. Spectacular close ups. Enjoyed every one of them.

Mary Williams
Digital Ranger

Marvelous photos! Thanks!

Ian Maclarty
Guest contributor

Great time to be behind the lens Dean. My favourite was the Rhino covered in mud as it reminded me of a question I have never had answered, viz how does a Rhino, which I imagine keeps the eye shut during the dunking process keep all of that mud from getting in his/her eye once the eye is opened again? And when mud gets in the eye how does he deal with the problem. Same question goes for Elephant, buffalo, warthogs etc.

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Dean, great pictures thi sweek. Having the pride lie down right next to the vehicle had to be some kind of special

Pam Bayvel
Explorer

Such beautiful pics
I love this blog and look forward to the daily special surprises

Magnificent photographs Dean! Please continue to share your passion…you are so blessed to do what you do and have the skill to do it! These stir up yearnings for me to return to Londolozi more than ever!

Doug Hammerich
Digital Tracker

Said the rhino, “So I AIN’T neat!

Lisa Antell
Digital Tracker

What a beautiful photo of Makhomsava’s little one! And the Ximungwe young male…..when is he getting his proper name? I think that leopards sit that way to relieve pressure on their fat bellies!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

It is indeed one of the best things you can have: to join your career with your passion.
Wonderful photos, all of them! The lion cub and the leopards are just adorable.

Mae Melvan
Explorer

Cool photos

What a gorgeous series of images!!! Some have such beautiful light.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Wonderful images the week, Dean! I am a fan of ‘portraits’ and these are iconic! Love looking the animal in the eyes. The Makomsava cub’s eyes are awesome, the black surround emphasizing their shape – memorable! Thanks!

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

The nyala photo is fantastic. Nyalas always remind me of Freddy

Ivy Wilensky
Digital Ranger

Looks like a great week! Wonderful captures!

James Laurie
Explorer

As usual some lovely photos.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Exceptional photos Dean..you have truly brought a feeling of being there on a game drive. So obvious in your choice of subject and lighting to see the passion in the job you love. 🙏❤️

Michael Kalm
Guest contributor

Wow! I am used to extraordinary with Londolozi, but still! These are just amazing – to be savored over and over!

Linda Deutsch
Digital Ranger

Stunning photos!!!! Immensely enjoyable and educational. Wishing all there Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and joyous New Year.

Mama Lioness
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh goodness wouldness! Your close-ups of the lions and cub are exceptional. They bring a much needed shift to prevailing thoughts and emotions.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

WOW! Those were great – I saved so many to my favorites! Love the floppy mane of the Othawa Male – he looks so suave. I could go on and on mentioning every picture because I loved them all!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

This may be a question for tech support but I can no longer share the blog via email. I hit the envelope button and nothing happens. It’s been like that for me for a few days, but before that working perfectly.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Dean, What an incredible set of images! Your photography is inspiring us to hurry up and get back to Londolozi!

Timothy McNeil
Explorer

Great pictures.

Fabulous photos, Dean. You are really becoming a spectacular photographer!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

You’ve outdone yourself this week in the photos/comments department. There’s no favorite for me this week as each has its own specialness, although the Makomsava cub and the Mhagene cub may just have tipped the scale. Do you use aperture priority and auto iso in quick moments?

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hello Dean, I very much enjoyed it! I loved your photos and the way you write! I agree it was a lovely and a humoristic photo of the Ximungwe young male! He is wonderful to look at! Thank you for sharing!

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

I very much enjoyed it! I loved your photos and the way you write!
I agree it was a lovely and humoristic photo of the Ximungwe young male! He is wonderful to look at! Thank you for sharing!

Ron Platt
Explorer

Perhaps the leopard had more of the last baboon/monkey it feasted and took in its spirit and, now, thinks its tail is prehensile.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

What a wonderful array of superb images! The cubs and lions were captivating! Great job!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Absolutely spectacular pictures! What a thrill to have the cubs under your car… what a trust

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

A stunning collection of photos this week, Dean! Career meeting passion? Indeed!!

Lisa Griffis
Explorer

So glad you are falling in love with the dogs!

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