When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Game viewing has been at an all-time high over the past week and as the land slowly dries we start to see images have gone from backgrounds of summer greens to the winter’s low luminous yellows.
I found this quote so fitting while I have incorporated photography into my guiding. As a guide, I use my words to help share some of the knowledge I have gained. It’s often only after this I will pick up my lens to capture the moment I have just interpreted. Often when shutters have silenced and narrative is complete, silence settles in and we are entranced by what we see.
Being content with silence is so important. Listening and observing can often teach you so much in the wild.
Enjoy This Week in Pictures.
The Three Rivers female yawns as she gets up from relaxing for the day to approach the near by pan for a drink. We left her walking into the dark shadows after having viewed her drink and scent mark.
These animals are incredible, every aspect of the calm demeanor when viewing them should inspire all of us to continue to fight to view these animals in their natural habitat.
The Ntsevu Pride sub-adults feed on a buffalo calf that they had managed to hunt and kill late one morning.
The claws of a leopard, body parts that are crucial in climbing trees and killing of prey, which were extremely necessary to achieve the scene captured here.
A hammerkop stares from a safe distance perched on this dead, fallen over tree. It was surrounded by a breeding herd of elephants. It seemed as if the hammerkop enjoyed watching them as much as we did.
The scary eyes of the Senegal Bush male as he feeds early one night.
A waterbuck bull shows off an impressive set of horns as he stares at our vehicle. This could be the biggest set of horns I’ve ever seen on a waterbuck.
The colouration of cheetah’s eyes is mesmerising, especially in dusk and dawn light. Having a high concentration of nerve cells leading to the optic nerve, it allows cheetahs to detect prey in open habitats that move against the horizon. Here this female does just that, allowing us to get a great view of those amber eyes.
One of the Birmingham males. As they get older it is becoming easier to tell them apart as one of the brothers is looking a lot more weathered than the other.
The hues of purple and blue between the sky and the hooded vulture’s face made this image so appealing to capture.
Having provided many sightings this week, the Senegal Bush male peaks over the crest of a termite mound while his whole face is covered in the golden light of a winter’s afternoon.
An African grey heron stands out against the contrast of a pan covered in duck weed.
The dynamics of the Ntsevu break-away sub adults are an interesting one. Having not completely broken off from their parents yet, it is anyone’s guess when we find lion tracks as to what part of the pride you may find. Here one of the sub-adult males rests on a termite mound while watching his 10 relatives walk up the two dusty vehicke tracks.
The Senegal Bush male stares at an approaching hyena. After having robbed the Nhlanguleni female of her impala kill, he descended the tree to rest in the shade, stopping half way down to stare.
A bit of a different angle as the Xinzele female looks ahead while lying up in a Marula Tree.
Golden evening light strikes this elephant while it uses the sand residue of a termite mound to dust bathe.
A hooded vulture sweeps down to land on a dead knob-thorn tree after having spotted the remains of the Senegal Bush males kill in a Marula.
One of the original lionesses of the Ntsevu pride rests near her sister who is currently raising 5 Cubs, seemingly on her own and doing a good job too.
A Kudu cow stares into the distance while the rest of the herd feeds on the shrubbery below.
With little remaining, this leopard finishes off a kill while balancing on the branches of a marula tree.
Light strikes the face of this elephant calf as two young males have a tussle in the foreground.
A white-fronted bee-eater pauses after catching a butterfly before swallowing it in one gulp.
As this young lioness sat on top of a termite mound, it gave me the opportunity to capture this image against a perfectly clear background.