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.

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 🙂
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.
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!
Just like human babies, the mountain gorilla infants that I saw were incredibly curious, and explored their world by touching everything.
A lappet faced vulture lays claim to a wildebeest carcass that looks to be little more than some fur and bones.
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 🙂

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

2016-03-18: Feel Good Friday


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 🙂

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.
3 more steps, and you’d say “Leopard, what leopard?” A master of camouflage heading into the tall grasses.
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.