Skatepark in the Ghetto

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

These are some shots that I took over the weekend at the skatepark in Alexander Township in Johannesburg.  I always knew it existed but never knew where it was and I have to say, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was.  It’s a huge park with loads to skate and ride on and the kids there are cool which, for me, is key.  I really don’t care to hang out with a bunch of people that think they’re cooler than everyone else because they skate or ride better.  Who cares, we’re all there to have fun anyways.  It was fun watching these guys rip on their bikes and even more fun shooting some photos.  Thanks to the people that built the skatepark and gave those kids a place to go to and do something positive, it beats most of the parks I’ve seen in upper to middle class neighborhoods.

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Hyena Pup in the rain.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Always stop and chat to other people when driving around in the Kruger National Park.  They’ll tell you what they’ve seen and where it is…  Sometimes people go as far as even setting their odometers to zero so that they can measure the exact distance to a sighting.  We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff that way and it can be a life saver when you’ve been driving around all day and seen nothing.  This little Hyena Pup was hanging around his den on a rainy afternoon and it was thanks to some friendly tourists that we got to spend some time with him and watch him running around and interacting with vehicles around him.  At one point, he was even under our car and then he was licking water off one of my car’s mud flaps.  These are some of the shots I took him before and after he got wet in the rain.

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Separate ways.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

On a recent trip to the Kruger National Park here in South Africa I heard that an Elephant was shot and killed because it had showed aggression towards some tourists and destroyed their car.  No one knew the full story at the time but my gutt feeling was that the tourists had driven to close to the animal and ignored the warning signs.  Wild animals almost always give a warning before attacking, even a Bull Elephant that weighs anything from 6 to 9 tons and knows he can destroy just about anything will give a warning.  A video was eventually released showing that the toursits were being complete idiots and drove right up to the Elephant and did not back away when he turned around and showed that he was not enjoying them being that close.  Made me sad to know that his had to pay with his life because he stood his ground and the tourists had to pay a small fine of R1500.  Disgutsing actually, when you really think about it.  Anyways, I had a great time respecting and observing these giants as they came together at one of the water holes, drinking and interacting with one another and then walking off in seperate directions.

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