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South Africa Nature Photography Safari

The Greater Kruger Area –

In the “backcountry” at Sabi Sands, away from crowds known to flock to Kruger National Park, we had amazing animal experiences.

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Early morning, a lion wakes up and grooms.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Nice hair, what a good looking lion.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

A leopard walked right beside our open vehicle.  It was close enough to reach down and pet.  Of course I wouldn’t, I just sat there holding my 200-400 lens that couldn’t focus at such a close distance.  Fortunately before it moved in so close, we all had a good time photographing the leopard.  The guide told us that all of us in a vehicle presented a large unit that it wouldn’t mess with.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

We saw a mother and cub every day.  We never tired of watching and photographing the interaction.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

One time the cub strayed away and caused some alarm before they were reunited.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Cats were plentiful, but we were up close and personal to some really big critters – very exciting photography.

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rhino and oxpecker, symbiotic relationship
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

 

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Hippos look like huge monsters in the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are "really huge" (and rarely seen) out of the water. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

They are “really huge” (and rarely seen) out of the water.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

 

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo © 2016 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo
© 2016 Bob Harvey

We had a nice mix of safari animals.

Zebras © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Zebras
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Giraffe drinking - a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Giraffe drinking – a very vulnerable time, given the position they take. They drink cautiously.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkey © 2016 Bob Harvey

Vervet monkeys
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill © 2016 Bob Harvey

Hornbill
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Woodland kingfisher © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Woodland kingfisher
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Marvelous diversity, great opportunities to be up close and personal with amazing animals who don’t run when you arrive.

 

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Namibia Photography Safari

Post 3 – Cats!

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

It is difficult to describe – being in a quiet place away from people, just the 4 of us and our guide walking quietly and slowly alongside cheetahs in the wild.  Our guide assures us if we don’t make any sudden moves, they will accept us.  One of them wears a collar and we track them to our location.  Then we leave the vehicle behind and follow them on foot, giving them room to scout for a meal, find water, scratch on trees…  it’s amazing to watch them behave naturally.

Following cheetahs © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Following cheetahs
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

One of the great experiences in Namibia, is our chance to photograph within the reserve managed by AfriCats.  Our time there will not only yield outstanding opportunities to photograph big cats – but when we spend time there our expenditures underwrite their conservation efforts, particularly with cheetah and leopards! Our sightings for the day are documented for research. This is an amazing example of using tourism to accomplish conservation. They have a good success rate of releasing cats back into the wild – the others stay on the reserve.

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Sometimes we track them and find them out in the open and sometimes they are hiding in the grasses and we have to be careful not to alarm them!

Cheetah © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Cheetah
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopards, on the other hand, must be photographed from a vehicle (open with high seats) or from a hide.

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

See more cat photos in post 1 and join us to photograph them in 2016!  www.naturephotographyadventures.com/workshop.photo.namibia.htm

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Namibia Photography Safari

Post 1 – Namibia, a land of contrasts and remoteness.

From the softness of the dunes of the Namib Desert to the rock formations of Damaraland, landscape photography is at its finest.  In this harsh environment, the Himba people with their goats and the wild animals are always searching for water.  The mountain zebra is found in the region, as well as desert elephants.  Ancient cultures left behind beautifully etched rock art for us to interpret their lives.  Namibia gives us great photographic opportunities for cats!  And the dry desert air and lack of development give us clear night skies. We will be posting throughout September and October with more details of Namibia, our experiences and photo techniques.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Ghost trees, Namib desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Ghost trees, Namib desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Bob Harvey

Leopard
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Leopard, its eyes look like they are saying "you are next!" © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard, the eyes look like they are saying “you are next!”
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Leopard
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Elephant bath © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Elephant bath
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Rock art, wildebeest © 2014 Bob Harvey

Rock art, wildebeest
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Damaraland © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Damaraland
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Damaraland © 2014 Bob Harvey

Damaraland
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Milky Way, Damaraland © 2014 Bob Harvey, Diane Kelsay

Milky Way, Damaraland boulders
© 2014 Bob Harvey, Diane Kelsay

Himba woman © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Himba woman
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Spotted eagle owl © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Spotted eagle owl
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Oryx © 2014 Bob Harvey

Oryx
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the waterhole © 2014 Bob Harvey

Zebras at the waterhole
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Lion, Etosha National Park © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Lion, Etosha National Park
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Next post – the Namib desert, from hiking through the dunes to capturing scenes from a hot air balloon – landscape and abstracts.

 

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Tanzania Photography Safari

Our first morning in the Serengeti… I was awakened by the sounds of lions roaring, hippos grunting, and something munching the grass outside my tent.  I thought that would just be a giraffe – not so.  At 6:00 am my fearless Maasai warrior escort arrives and starts stomping and yelling to chase away two cape buffalo right off my deck blocking my exit (fortunately the deck is 4’ high).  The buffalo responds and gives me some space.  I did check to make sure my escort had his spear before I came down the steps.  We always have an escort when it is dark.

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Sunrise, Camp Masek, near my tent
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

After breakfast, we had a beautiful sunrise by my favorite tree here at Masek (which is near my tent).  The day only got better with lots of cats and more.

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Lions having a family discussion
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Leopard sleeping high in a tree
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cooling off in the shade at the granite kopjes in the Serengeti
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Lion cub (about 3 months old) in the kopjes
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Crowned cranes, protecting the nest
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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Young zebra snuggling up to mom
© 2013 Diane Kelsay

Impala…

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

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© 2013 Diane Kelsay

We met some Maasai junior warriors out herding goats and stopped to chat. One of them tried to offer me his necklace, didn’t know what that implied so I gracefully declined.

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photo taken by Said, our guide

More photos to come in a few days.

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