2019-11-11: Monochrome Monday

The waterbuck image caught my eye today while I was editing, and I thought a selection of antelope would be a good feature for the day.

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This nyala was grazing peacefully behind my room, so quietly that I didn’t notice him until he was quite close to the edge of the deck.  I was sitting out enjoying the early afternoon with a book and a cup of tea.
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I can’t see a photo of a male kudu anymore without hearing the voice of my guide Harley saying “So majestic!”
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This waterbuck was the boss of the dam, and was busy keeping all the females and youngsters in check while I was watching him.
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An impala ram in his prime, taking a break from guarding his harem to take a quick drink at the dam.

 

 

 

 

2019-11-04: Monochrome Monday

While staying at Lion Sands River Lodge, we set out on our afternoon game drive and came across a small bachelor group of elephants.  These four broke off into pairs, play fighting as the day grew dim, while a couple of other bulls grazed nearby.  It’s so cool watching the interaction of these animals.

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Happy Monday everyone!

2019-10-28: Monochrome Monday

I found this image in my file of edited images; somehow I missed posting it.  It’s a few years old now, and seeing it brings back such happy memories of a wonderful morning out in the bush.

I hope you enjoy, and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

 

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A pair of leopard cubs playing in a ravine area, amongst fallen trees and swampy water.  These two definitely kept Mom busy.  She was enjoying a quick nap nearby.

 

2019-10-21: Monochrome Monday

I wanted to share a few landscape scenes from some of the camps I stayed at this past May.  The first two images were taken while staying at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, and the last image was taken while staying at Chitwa Chitwa.

I hope you enjoying, and wishing you a fantastic week!

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Blinded by the light!  We stopped for a quick view of the river as the sun roe behind; but I definitely didn’t have time to do anymore than a single quick photo and then we were off again.  
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A different portion of river later in the morning.  The tall reeds amongst the meandering water could be hiding all manner of animals.  I’ve seen both leopard and lions in conditions like this.
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A view of an afternoon game drive.  Oh, how I wish I was there now!

2019-10-14: Monochrome Monday

For some reason, lions were calling to me today, so that’s the feature of monochrome Monday for the week.  These images were from a few different lion sightings on my most recent trip to South Africa.  I hope you enjoy, and wishing you a fantastic week!

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The Torchwood pride spent one day around Chitwa Chitwa, and we were fortunate enough to see the whole pride on the move, both in the morning, when this image was taken, and long after dark the same evening, where instead of trying to take pictures, I just sat back and enjoyed watching the lions walking under the light of a full moon.
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A lone lioness moving through the bush.
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An impressive male lion.

2019-10-07: Monochrome Monday

I think a lot of times, the antelope species seen while on safari get a bit ignored, as many guests want to focus on finding the Big 5 or Magnificent 7.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love those as well, but I do also enjoy stopping to watch the antelope going about their day.

Nyala are beautiful animals.  The males have curving horns and a shaggy coat on the underside of their necks.  The females are smaller and more lightly coloured (almost the same colouring as an impala).  Both feature white facial markings, and subtle stripes on their backs.

So why monochrome?  It just seemed to fit the images (and it gave me something to post today!)

I hope everyone is having a great start to the week!

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An older image that has been in my edited file for quite some time.  This mother and her calf were lounging the mid afternoon away in the undergrowth outside of my tent at Ngala Lodge.  I just loved the expression on the nyala’s face, like she is saying hi.

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This guy wandered right up to my deck at Lion Sands River Lodge while I was sitting outside having a cup of tea and reading my book.  He obviously felt safe and knew I was no threat to him, and he peacefully grazed while I snapped a few photos.

2019-09-30: Monochrome Monday

It seems like it has been a while since I have played around with tinted monochrome images.  This elephants looked good in black and white, but felt better with the warmer, coffee tones you see below.  These were taken on different days, but all fairly late in the morning, when the sun was casting harsh shadows.  Conventional wisdom says that’s the time to put away the camera, but I’ll keep shooting as long as there is something interesting to look at.  The bulk of an elephant and the highly textured skin seem to be able to handle harsh light quite well.

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2019-09-23: Monochrome Monday

Here are a few images of red-billed quelea murmurations that I hadn’t finished editing when I was doing my month of posts on birds.

I was a little unsure of converting these all to black and white, because they had beautiful sunset colours; but stripping it back does change the focus and impression.  What do you think?

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Quelea stretching from tree to tree.
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Two flocks off in the distance.
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Watching a flock of a thousand or more quelea fly by while on a sundowner drinks stop.

Wishing everyone a fantastic week ahead!

2019-09-09: Monochrome Monday

Like impala, vervet monkeys can sometimes be seen so frequently from camp and when out on game drives that you stop paying attention to them, or taking the time to take photos of them.  The alarm calls of the vervet monkeys can sometimes lead to predator sightings, so they are definitely an animal worth paying attention to out in the bush.  They are interesting and inquisitive animals, and can often be seen up in the trees near camp buffet tables, trying to work out the best way to steal a muffin.

None of the vervet monkeys in the photos below were up to any such mischief (though I have seen it happen many times).  These were from two different troops that we stopped to spend time with while out on game drives in May.

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