“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together” …
I read this quote most mornings when I am in the back of Varty Camp. I am not sure who put the quote up but I find it perfectly fitting for the Londolozi family who live out here in the wilderness.
For me photography often reflects the passion I have for the bush and for being a guide. By sharing photos, others are allowed a glimpse into that passion and can hopefully experience their own version of it. It is not an easy task to reflect the passion I have for my job in nature through a single image and as I have mentioned in a previous blog this has led to me finding it difficult to know when to capture the moment with my camera or when to put my lens down and just enjoy the moment. However, as I slowly build on my photography skills I find getting this balance right a daunting yet enjoyable task. I don’t think one can ever quite master that perfectly, but I hope you enjoy these moments when I had my lens up.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
A combination of great morning light and a recently filled mud wallow allowed me and James Tyrrell to play with reflection as two Mhangeni pride members drank.
Seeing the individualistic markings on a wild dog make them one of the most beautiful species we get to see. Rightfully, often known as the African painted wolf.
We stopped to admire the colourations of this Nyala bull. He is in the process of showing his full darker brown colouration, from the far more lighter brown which can still be seen on his forehead.
The intense stare of the Ottawa male. I thoroughly enjoy the floppiness of his mane at the top. An impressive male lion to say the least.
A pair of Woodland kingfishers delivering their iconic call in the bush from November to April.
My first look at the Makomsava cub, as she stared intensely at hyenas in the distance. Both mother and cub were so relaxed. It was incredible to see the bond between them while grooming one another up in this Marula tree.
A rhino bull this size can carry up to 25 kilograms of mud as excess weight after mud wallowing. It is great to see the textures of the mud on their body, post mud wallowing.
With prominent black stripes, it was hard not to capture this zebra as he stared into the distance, scanning his surrounds before continuing to feed.
This leopard is fully stretched as he descends the tree. His landing wasn’t as elegant as the image suggests.
Two bulls tussle playfully; this is great practice for when having to compete against another bull for the rights to mate with females.
Always providing humour in a sighting, the Ximungwe young male sits in an extremely strange position whilst in the fork of a Marula tree.
The Ximungwe female waits patiently for the Senegal bush male to move off after being chased up a tree by him when she came too close to his kill.
Eggs and hatchlings make up a good portion of the Rock monitors’ diet. It’s likely that this individual clambered into the crevice of a Marula, where birds often nest, in search of an easy meal.
With good amounts of rain, elephant viewing has been at an all time high.
Not afraid to get dirty, a lion cub dips its chin into the mud as it drinks from a shallow pan. The early morning golden light provided a beautiful contrast to the dark black cotton soil. I love how it looks like the cub is looking at its reflection in the water.
This newly born elephant calf battled to even walk while following its mother, stealing the hearts of everyone on the vehicle.
A young hyena feeds on the stomach content of a fallen kill at the base of a tree, while providing an eerie shadow in the background.
Having lions flop down in the shade of your vehicle, literally within arms reach, provides you with the opportunity to view every detail on their body. To stare into this cub’s eyes from so close was a special moment and I was able to only just capture it, even though I had zoomed out fully. Usually I aim to capture more of the animal but I was limited here purely by how close the pride was. Not a bad problem to have I guess.