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Botswana Adventure 2018

Botswana 2018 – First visitors in March – We arrived just as the lodges opened up for the season.  Everything was green and full of life.  And the photography from the river was outstanding. We had great angles and access to the action.

Elephants heading for the water and mud along the banks of the Chobe River.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

© 2018 Bob Harvey

How great they look after their mud bath.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Malachite Kingfisher – nest is in the riverbank.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Fish Eagle
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Crocodile giving “the look”
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Hippo, also giving “the look”, but definitely looking for trouble!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

The salad bar
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Heron Fishing
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Saddleback Stork fishing
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Lesser Jacana
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Not a sunset! Midday clouds with prisms –  zoomed in tight with 500mm. NO saturation added.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

© 2018 Diane Kelsay

A short plane ride later, the interior – also green and full of life.

Wild Dog – Looking cute?  You should have seen the pack chasing an impala! I couldn’t believe how fast the impala ran and how high he jumped. (he won)
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Little lion cub coming over to us to see if we would play.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

He sat down and looked adorable.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Then he showed us he could look ferocious!
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

He managed to wake up dad from his nap (who shoved him away)
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Finally, family play time.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Carmine Bee-eater.
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Southern Red Bishop
© 2018 Diane Kelsay

Baboons
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Serval
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Fish Eagle
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Zebras
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Me and my mom and the Oxpecker.
© 2018 Bob Harvey

Join the fun on the next trip to Botswana, March 2021.  Link to our Itinerary

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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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Post 2 – The Namib Desert, a closer look

The Namib Desert, which stretches along the coast of Angola, Namibia, and northern South Africa may be the oldest desert in the world – having endured drought conditions for 55-80 million years!

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Its sand dunes, which rise up to 300 meters, are the highest in Africa and second highest in the world!

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The Namib Desert, because of its antiquity, may host more endemic species than any other desert in the world!

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

The beauty and expanse can best be appreciated from the air.  From our hot air balloon, the desert seemed to go on forever and many shapes, geologic features, and life forms came into play.  Photography was inspired by shapes and colors, but the magnificence of the place was breathtaking.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

At sunrise, the haze made detailed photography impossible, but the layers of haze backlit by the rising sun offered us moody and dramatic photography.  The balloon moves with the air, so you don’t have a sensation of movement. It is very stable. We used shutter speeds between 250 and 400 while flying, which enabled us to use smaller apertures – depth of field was important.

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Abstract designs were everywhere, it was just a matter of selecting your design.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

And sometimes we fly right over something that our eyes would never see from the ground!

Vulture in nest, Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Vulture in nest, Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Photographing dunes takes a lot of thought, patience and the right conditions.  Sometimes we were in the right place but the light was soft.  Most of the time, dunes sing the loudest when the light is intense, and light and shadow bring out the sculpting of the dune shapes. We hiked into the zone of ghost trees, Deadvlei, but clouds covered the sky.  We studied the movement of the clouds, had our compositions lined up (we practiced while we waited) and when the beams of sunlight came out from the clouds, we worked the scene hard.

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

As we continued exploring the dunes, we chased light, fog, and compositions of trees and dunes.

Namib Desert © 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert
© 2014 Bob Harvey

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Namib Desert
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

We would like you to join us in 2016 when we go back to these dunes.   Click on the calendar link to the right if you would like more information.

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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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