Braydon Szafranski and Garrett Hill on Safari

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Being a photographer at the Maloof Money Cup is definitely a great experience, watching the pros skate and getting to shoot photos with them is such a pleasure!  I spent more time this year hanging out with the guys and gettin to know them a little better.  It seriously helps for the photography side of things and you are no longer just some random guy shooting photos.  I took Braydon and Garrett to see the Lions at a sanctuary just outside of Kimberley…  All the animals on this farm were pretty much rescued from being hunted.  There are many ‘canned’ Lion Hunting farms around Kimberley, it’s absolutely disgusting on every level.  I was really stoked to take these guys to this farm and see that there are still people trying to do some kind of good out there.  Braydon was definitely not too sure about being in the cage with the Lions, as you can see…  Garrett didn’t mind it too much!  Braydon did teach a small Bat Eared Fox about Ozzy Osbourne though…

 

Black Backed Jackal

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

We came across these Jackals while driving through the Makgadikgadi National Park in Botswana.  The morning light was perfect so we spent quite some time watching them scuffle over some old Zebra bones.

 

Ginny & Luca close and personal

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

I’m always trying to get good shots of my cat’s eyes, needless to say that it’s one of the most difficult things ever!  Cat’s get weird when a lens get’s close to their face!  I recently got myself a Canon Macro lens which means I’m gonna be getting in even close to the cats!  Lucky for them.  I shot these 2 shots yesterday by pure luck!  They were both feeling pretty lazy so they were still enough for me to snap these 2 shots of their eyes.  I love my cats!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Widowmaker.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Being one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, it is estimated that the Cape Buffalo kills more than 200 people across Africa each year.  “Widowmaker” and “Black Death” are 2 of it’s local nick names in parts of Africa.  I love sitting in my car and just watching these guys, they seem so peaceful but always have that grumpy look on their faces.  On our last trip to the Kruger National Park we saw plenty of them, from small herds of old bulls to a herd that I would say was almost 1000 strong!  It’s hard to imagine how Lion are able to kill and eat these guy, especially when some males can get to weigh over 900kg’s!  Here are some shots of the Buffalo we spotted in the Kruger National Park.

Ginny

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Meet Ginny.  Adopted 2 years ago from the SPCA and now a huge part of our daily lives.  She loves sitting on these chairs at the top of the garden where she can watch over all that is going on.  Or not watch anything at all. 

Hippopotamus

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I’ve always thought the name, “Hippopotamus” was somewhat strange and sounded kinda funny.  It’s understandable that people prefer to call them “Hippos” as it rolls off the tongue much easier!  I recently discovered that the name “Hippopotamus” comes from the ancient Greeks and it literally means, “River Horse”.  For many years people believed that these animals were herbivores but it has quite recently been shown that will and do eat meat if the opportunity arises!  Some Hippos have even been known to kill young animals as they cross the river.  We stopped our car at the edge of a river in Kruger Park and sat there for what must have been over an hour, I had noticed these 2 bulls displaying some aggression towards one another and decided it was time to be patient and wait for them confront one another…  These are the shots I got.

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I don’t have any information to share about this bird.  I spotted it in the Kruger National Park recently and took the photo, that’s all. 

Chacma Baboons

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

These guys are quite common throughout Southern Africa as they are able to adapt very well to all kinds of environments.  There are actually 3 sub-species of Baboons that occur throughout their range in Southern Africa.  The ‘Cape Chacma’ is the larger of the 3 and has black feet.  The ‘Grey-Footed Chacma’ occurs from the northern parts of South Africa and into Zambia, these are generally smaller and have grey feet.  The smallest of the 3 sup-species is found in Namibia and into Angola, they are known as the ‘Ruacana Chacma Baboons’.  The best way to appreciate Baboons is to turn off your car engine and sit and watch them, I have found early morning to be the best time to do this.  We sat and watched these guys for about an hour in the Kruger Park recently and I managed to snap these shots.

Ostriches of the Desert

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

It’s really hard to believe that anything can survive out in the Namib Desert but, it’s even harder to believe these birds can make it!  It’s dry and baron for as far as the eye can see yet, there they are, goin on about their day.  The largest birds in the world, living in one of the driest places in the world.

Old Giant

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

This has to be the biggest Elephant I have ever seen in the wild!  He looked soo old and wise.  We wathced him as he followed the road, not concerned with the cars and the people trying their best to get a good shot of him.  I would say he is over 50 years old, judging by the width of his forhead and broken off tusks.  He had a sad but wise old look about him.  Wish I could hug him!