True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A conversation I had recently reminded me the importance of living in the present. Luckily, living at Londolozi and being surrounded by nature, this is not too difficult.
Take for example sitting with a female leopard as she slowly begins grooming herself. She stands up, stretches and strolls past the vehicle as she commences a territorial patrol. You admire the beauty of her coat, you hear her paws crunch quietly on the sand, you are in awe of that leopard in that present moment. A sighting like this reminds me how valuable it is to submerge yourself in the present and enjoy what is unfolding around you.
Using photography I try to capture these moments so I may relive them, but also so that I can share them with people who will perhaps experience some of the wonder I experienced in the moment. I pick up my lens and capture exactly what is in front me. I capture a moment that helps me appreciate living in the present.
In this week’s TWIP I hope to transport you to Londolozi to experience some of the amazing moments I have been lucky enough to witness.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
The Othawa male stares us down as the afternoon sun catches his face. He had taken a few minutes to rest before beginning to continue in the direction of the Mhangeni pride was found later that same afternoon.
A zebra rests upon a relative while staring straight at our vehicle.
This scene excites many as winter approaches; a misty morning with a beautiful sunrise from a crest.
The Flat Rock male is not seen as often as he once was. Having pushed his territory way northwards, we are seeing his southern counterparts far more frequently than we are seeing him.
It was a quiet morning but this sighting made our morning. We first saw the mother and this blog of grey on the ground. To our surprise it hoped up and this barely week old calve started running around it’s mother. We watched the relaxed pair for about 30 minutes, constantly giggling. Unbelievable sighting.
The Ximungwe female. Exciting news on this front as this female has recently been seen with a cub; finding her in the afternoon always holds the promise of her potentially heading back to a den, but sadly she didn’t on this occasion.
Audible from up to four kilometres away, Southern Ground Hornbills have an iconic booming call, which is used as a territorial and long-range contact call. Being a flagship species of the savannah biome, it is valuable indicator for natural and anthropogenic threats within its range. Seeing these birds should never be never taken for granted.
We are very lucky to have had many cheetah viewings as of late. This male has been moving around the more open areas and a mother and two cubs comes through regularly, which almost counterbalances the long grass which makes spotting them difficult. Almost…
It is not only the Ntsevu pride that continue to provide interesting dynamics. With three young coalitions being seen on and off throughout the reserve, roars all around are heard in the early mornings, which is exactly what led us to this young male.
Formerly known as the Giant Eagle Owl, the now-Verraux’s Eagle Owl has distinctive pink colouration of its eyelids.
The Nhlanguleni female stares into the distance. Frequently being seen in and around the Sand River where she is believed to be denning, sightings have been far more frequent than they used to be.
A gape to be reckoned with. A hippo bull warns us not to come any closer as he clearly displays his impressive teeth in a yawn which can measure 1.2 metres wide..
A white-backed vulture perches on a dead branch waiting for any scraps left from a wildebeest calve that a subadult Ntsevu lioness was feeding on.
Misty mornings. As the dry season settles in, these autumn conditions make for quite eery settings. Here a giraffe moves between knobthorn and marula trees.
The African Harrier-hawk often grabs one’s attention due to its size and prominent facial colouration. Known nest raiders, it is far more common to see them in dead trees (that harbour many hole-nesting birds) than in live ones.
The Othawa male again. These are exciting times as we are starting to view this male more frequently; he seems to be pushing his territory more and more into the central parts of Londolozi.
The Nkoveni female leopard sets the perfect scene on a late afternoon. With prominent suckle marks creating great excitement amongst the field team, it was only a few days later that her two cubs were found with her for the first time.
Probably one of my favourite images from the last seven days, seeing the intricacies of trunk, hairs, mouth and tusks.