In light of Christmas Day tomorrow, we have centred this Week in Pictures around everything to do with amazing light. Light is everything in photography and is able to transform a scene depending on which angle you view it from and how you use the light to bring about the creative side of photography.
We focus our attention on all that light can do this week and the results are spectacular. Sunsets, sunrises, silhouettes all play a part in the many sightings of rhino, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, impala, birdlife, and of course lions and leopards.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas Eve and have a magnificent Christmas Day tomorrow.
Enjoy this Festive Week in Pictures…
This photograph was taken mid-afternoon with a beam of light breaking through the trees highlighting its face. Through a bit of editing, it could transform the image completely.
Licking his lips the Ximungwe Young Male glances up towards his mother in th branches of a nearby tree. The light illuminating a glint in his eye.
Little Bee-eaters always catch the eye and can keep birders entertained for ages along the river banks as they duck and dive, hunting insects on the wing.
Humans are fascinated by the setting sun, even though it will likely rise and set again tomorrow. I think this stems from the beauty, hope and calm that sunsets bring.
A hyena crosses the dry Manyelethi River Bed as the sun sets, casting a golden hue across the scene.
This image of the Ximungwe Female has been used before, but because it is such a fitting image we have put it back in for this week’s display of amazing light.
Silhouetted against a dramatic cloudy sunset, a large giraffe bull has a very different appearance as to the image below where the lighting is completely different.
With the sun having set, the colours in the sky changed from orange, gold and yellow to purples, blues, and pinks.
Backlit by the sun as this large bull grazes on the new grass growth. The new inflorescences shining bright gold around his feet.
A Ntsevu Breakaway Male has his face lit up by the early morning light.
A bird associated with the buzz of summer, their distinctive call echoes throughout the reserve at the moment. A Woodland Kingfisher keeps a beady eye out for any potential prey.
Eye to eye at sunset with one of Africa’s apex predators; the Nile Crocodile.
Peacefully resting under a marula tree on an open crest. It was while we were stopped here that we heard the distant calls of male lions emanating from the hills beyond.
The bright colouration of a Lilac-breasted Roller is really brought out by the dark green tones of summer.
Clouds roll across the distant horizon as the last few beams of light break through silhouetting a yawning lioness.
A cluster of Plumbago flowers with a shallow depth of field allows for a handful to be in focus while the rest fade into the dark shadows in the background.
Glancing over her right shoulder towards us in the vehicle, the Tsalala Female has been doing particularly well by herself.
As a large elephant bull walks past the vehicle, an opportunity to capture an image of its textured skin presented itself. The creases and wrinkles in the skin add such detail.