2016-12-24: Photo Slideshow

Hi everyone!  I recently put together this photo slideshow for my photo club Christmas party, and thought I would share it here as well.

The photos are taken over the past three years, and there are several from each of my trips to Africa.

I hope you enjoy, Merry Christmas, and all the best for the coming year.

2016-10-09: Holiday Photos

Every month the photo club I belong to has a photo topic of the month, as well as being able to submit a further 5 photos for review and discussion.  Since all I have captured since I returned home are a few grainy images of one of the local deer (and lots of my dog) I thought I would share them here as well.  I am hoping to get back into the swing of things with my “What I’ve seen this week” Sunday post very soon.

Until then, I hope you enjoy some images of Uganda and Kenya.

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This image stirs up so much for me.  I can almost smell the fever trees and the acacia and the scent of the elephants, I can almost hear the rumbles, the crunch of branches and chewing of leaves, I can almost feel the warm of the sunlight.  Working on these images takes me right back and gives me a mini mental holiday 🙂
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Three young male lions had taken down a wildebeest in the night, and shortly before I shot this, all three were still picking away at the carcass.  There were a half dozen jackals hanging around, trying to figure out how to safely get close enough to grab a morsel or two.  This one only took another step before turning away.
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Witnessing a river crossing involves a lot of waiting, and then a lot of chaos in a short period of time.  I’m looking forward to sharing more about this experience!
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Just like human babies, the mountain gorilla infants that I saw were incredibly curious, and explored their world by touching everything.
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A lappet faced vulture lays claim to a wildebeest carcass that looks to be little more than some fur and bones.
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The repeating lines of tea fields near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

2016-09-25: What I've seen this week

I returned home Monday night from a fabulous trip to Uganda and Kenya.  While I’ve been spending the week trying to get back into my normal routine, I have had some time to edit a few photo from the trip.  There will be lots more of photos (and stories) over the coming weeks and months.  Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come.

Enjoy your Sunday 🙂

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I saw an abundance of birds during a boat cruise along the Kazinga channel in Uganda.
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A red-tailed monkey near my cabin in the Kibale Forest, Uganda.
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Young giraffes playing. Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Kenya.
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Young elephants playing in Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
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A gerenuk reaching for the choicest leaves. Selenkay Conservancy, Kenya.
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Wildebeest crossing the Mara River. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
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Male cheetah, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
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Wildebeest and gazelle silhouetted in the sunrise. Ol Kinyei Conservancy, Kenya.
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A young lion in the Selenkay Conservancy, Kenya.
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Toti the chimpanzee giving us the finger! Kibale Forest, Uganda.
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Ugandan Kob in the Ishasha region of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.
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It looks like this L’hoest’s monkey wants to go on a game drive with us. Bwindi, Uganda.
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A pair of juvenile gorillas playing in the trees. Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.
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Gorillas grooming each other. Buhoma region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

2016-03-18: Feel Good Friday

TGIF!

For today’s feel good Friday post, I thought I’d share a trio of big cats.

I hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful day 🙂

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A lioness and her cubs in the surprisingly lush Kalahari desert, most likely heading off to find a place to sleep off the heat of the day.
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3 more steps, and you’d say “Leopard, what leopard?” A master of camouflage heading into the tall grasses.
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It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to shoot from different vantage points. This cheetah climbed a hill as our vehicle was parked at the base, offering this unique view.

 

You can find these, and more, over at jennifersawicky.smugmug.com

2016-03-11: Impala Rut

If you’re in Southern Africa in the autumn (April/May) you’ll be there during the impala rut.  And believe me, you’ll find yourself uttering the same phrase I did repeatedly “What on earth was that noise?”

I still don’t understand how a creature like this, can make a sound like that.  To hear it for yourself, check out sound number two on this website.

Both in Botswana and South Africa, we heard a lot of noise and commotion, and saw a few different groups of bachelors going crazy, running and jumping and locking horns.

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That’s the face that goes along with the noise.  So attractive!
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Is this what the ladies do when they hear that sound and see that face??? 🙂 I was in the right place at the right time to watch a herd of impala bounce through the bushes. This is a composite of 5 different photos.
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A clash of horns.
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Racing around, making noise, fighting about who is the manlier man.

 

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Unfortunately, the guys kind of lose their minds during this time, and throw their normal caution and vigilance to the wind.  The result…

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They end up as a snack for a hungry pride of lions (or leopards, cheetah, wild dog, hyaena).    This was actually a very interesting sighting in itself, you can see more about it here.