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Plaque Rock 3:3 Female

Plaque Rock 3:3 Female

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Ross Cheshire

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Ross was born and raised in Durban, spending many a family holiday in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal. It is here that his love and passion for the African Bush developed. He decided to combine his love of working with people and ...

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Beautiful images – amplified by great prose. Thank you for bringing The Bush to life so vividly.

Wow, I held my breath while reading, I feared for the leopard! The Three River female is so beautiful. Furthermore she descends from the royal line. I eagerly wait for news about her cubs. Wonderful pictures of elephants and buffalo! Lovely blog to open the year

Sounds like a magnificent game drive to me! I can imagine the joy and contentment of wallowing elephants is quite contagious. There truly is something so special about seeing a leopard in a dead leadwood tree. I hope to see one the next time we visit, but for now, I’ll forever enjoy all the beautiful photos by others lucky enough to be present.

What a great afternoon, for you and your guests!
I love all the photos of this article, especially the elephants. They are enjoying themselves so much with their mud-baths.

Wow Ross, an amazing day and one to remember. Thanks for the pictures by Jess.

I’m not sure I could have watched the lioness closing in on Plaque Rock – I would have been tempted to call out “behind you”! She has history with lions and narrow escapes; I’m glad she got away safely and her cubs weren’t around. I could watch leopards climbing trees all day long, I just love their supreme grace and agility.

Thank you for sharing your amazing day. As much as I do love photos, I love good storytelling even more. Photos become unnecessary, the words paint the picture for me.

I also love you mentioning the Shangaan perspective and connection to the ancestors. Reminds us of what happens when we choose to perceive through our spiritual eyes and let our active mind rest. Magic things will appear…So thank you!

Hi Ross, you and your tracker and guests had a great afternoon filled with amazing animals. You had the big 5 in one afternoon and so near to camp. Pity the Plague rock female had to give up her hard earned kill to the lioness. But that is how it goes in the bush. Murphys law Ross, when you don’t have your camera with you, then you will have stunning opportunities to have taken beautiful foto’s.

Ross, I can read the excitement you and your guests experienced that afternoon – the big five in a short period of time in addition to seeing a leopard in a Leadwood tree! I’ve witnessed the former but have yet to view that magical moment when a leopard is perfectly draped on the naked branch! Even though you didn’t have your camera, that moment is etched in your memory bank forever, and can never be erased.

Incredible afternoon of sightings

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