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The Wild Side

For the past few weeks I have been on a road trip of sorts through South Africa. Different to my previous trips, it was exciting to discover a more rugged, less purposefully touristic side to such a beautiful country. However my first post on the trip is some of the many photos that I took of the wildlife in Addo Elephant Park and Kazuko Lodge, which are, obviously, two very touristic places at least in terms of presenting ‘Africa’ behind game fences. Nevertheless, the sight of a lion lying by its recent hunt of kudu is very real, and having your car blocked by a herd of elephants having a munch in the middle of the road somewhat SURreal.
Batman and Robin: The Cheetahs

Running zebras

A herd of elephants pause for a midday, mid-road snack.

A herd of elephants pause for a midday, mid-road snack.

A lion takes a moment in the setting sun, as its lifeless prey looks on in the opposite direction.

A lion takes a moment in the setting sun, as its lifeless prey looks on in the opposite direction.

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Bugs.

Hornet's pause

 

The last two were taken at Kirstenbosch Garden in the smelling plants. I was fascinated by the light coming through the hornet’s wings, enough to risk a sting (which fortunately didn’t happen) as I fought with my cameras measly zoom. The bug (I don’t know what type!) seemed to be at one with the plant it was on that it was only through the photographing the hornet that I noticed it.

Bug's Life.

The above images are all part of my look at the still moments of insects. So often when we jump away from them in horror, we miss out on their structured silhouette, or the seeming harmlessness of them in their stationary state.

 

All the Summer Delights

I was sitting down in the conservatory eating strawberries and cream, doors wide open to let the fresh air in, when a massive bumble bee flew in and sat down on the peonies and just stayed there, speckled in pollen. So I grabbed my camera and took some photos.

 

A Past Life

As a displacement activity, I decided to scan some photos from before I had a digital camera and I came across some really good photos from when I went to the Etosha National Park in Namibia several years ago. I have to say, they’re pretty good photos for a 10 year old!