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Chris was born and raised in the Kwa-Zulu/Natal Midlands where his family inspired his early passion for the natural world. Exploring Southern Africa as he grew up, this passion was allowed to develop and his curiosity to expand. After high school, Chris spent ...

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Thank you for your well-curated collection of images today Chris. As always, it’s difficult to choose favorites but here goes: I have an affinity for sunrises so that’s my first choice followed by the Kambulas feeding on their carcass. After those I loved seeing the young zebra resting its head on its mother’s rump, always great to see in b/w, and the portrait of the Ntsevu male.

Lovely TWIP, Chris. My favourite this week is of Ximungwe and her cub walking next to the Landrover. I also love the Nkoveni cubs hiding in the tamboti tree – which made me wonder aren’t tamboti trees pretty toxic? It obviously doesn’t affect leopards, and I assume the Tamboti female of old was named after one that she particularly favoured lying in. Which leads me to another question: have you any idea if her daughter, the Island female, is still alive?

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So many wonderful pictures makes it hard to choose. I love the bee eater pictures and the zebra pictures. Thank you.

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Has the Ximungwe leopard lost one of her babies? I hope not!

Chris, as always it is difficult to choose a favorite as all the images are super. I am drawn to the black and white of the crocodile and the shot of the cloud formation showing the winds just above.

Great composition photo on the flushed birds, color almost abstract. Great job!

The little cub in the tree is similar to the only shot we got (of a adult leopard) on our visit to Kenya…love it for that reason! The clouds in that shot look like waves! Very cool! I think the cheetah pic is my fave tho…quintessential safari scene!

Another astounding collection Chris! To me, the “Gloomy Sunrise” looks like the arrival of the flying saucer in “The Day the Earth Stood Still”. As for my favorites – Oh Chris! Those bee-eaters! I remember when I felt I hit the jackpot spotting one 100 meters away!

So many images to choose from Chris which makes it difficult. But the image of the Ntsevu male lion who was injured in my favorite this week. Following the Nkoveni cubs peeping through the bushes. Loved the Bee-eaters bathing in the dust, so many of them must of been a fantastic view. Stunning images all round this week, thank you.

Thanks for all the beautiful photos, Chris. As always, hard to choose.
So the Novena female still has her three cubs? And the Ximungwe only one left?
Another great Week in Pictures.

Fun collection of photos to, Chris. While my fav is the young Ntsevu Male, I’m drawn to the hyena with kill. The hyena’s unusual mouth/teeth alongside the stark ribcage against the sunlit background is engaging, telling a story of Africa…

Beautiful images. I thought it might interest you to know that the “interesting clouds” you spotted have a special name: Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds, after their discoverers Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz, both famous physicists who made pioneering discoveries in fluid dynamics, which are used to explain the Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud formations. There is also a fancy name for the sunbeams in your other cloud photo: “crepuscular rays”.

Thanks for providing that cloud info Charles! 🌊 ☁️

My first choice is the cheetah. One and only, as the species in most areas is, in the endless wilderness. Second the Ntsevu male and the zebra adolescent with his mother. All very meaningful images. Then the elephant bull and the peculiar clouds… all pictures are really beautiful

Awesome week of sightings Chris! Question, was the image of the hyena with her upper lip missing taken in the northern/Marthly area of Londolozi by chance?

Incredible collection Chris. I love the black and white edit on the zebras, as well as the composition (and subject matter) of the hyena with the giraffe ribs. The egret and stork were also lovely. Took me a minute to find the second cub in the tree, but I found it eventually. What a beautiful week. Please keep us updated in the Ntsevu male’s injuries.

Great group of photos Chris. My fav is that GORGEOUS cheetah shot! 🙏🏻📸💗

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Another week of wonderful pics, thank you Chris. I love the White Fronted bee eaters bathing in the dust and my other favourite is the artistic Great Egret. Beautiful cloud and sunset pics too. Always tricky to pick one or two out of each beautiful collection.

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