Our last stop through Botswan was the Magkadikgadi National Park and, although it has been hit quite hard by poachers, it is still an amzing place to visit. We did not see any predators or Rhino in the park but we did see hundreds of Zebra as they flocked down to drink from the now permanent river which formed in 2008. I have no idea why it suddenly appeared in this otherwise baron landscape of dust and thorn trees but it has formed an oasis for the animals to get what they need. Water. I managed to sneak out of my car and get down low as the Zebra lapped up the river water.
Shooting photos of the stars isn’t something you get to do very often, especially when living in a big city where the sky is poluted with lights and smog. You gotta get far away from it all, to a place where the nights are so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. I took these photos on a recent trip through Botswana’s Kalahari Wilderness where everynight was filled with the sounds of the bush and the Milkyway in the sky. There are no fences in the campsites where we stayed so it was a little scary setting up the photos as I always knew I was being watched, I’m just glad the Hyena’s made off with our 25L water can and NOT my camera and tripod!
I’ve always found it quite a challenge to shoot photos of Elephant in the wild. They always seem to be awkwardly positioned amongst the bushes or the light is too bright or I’m a bit nervous that they will get aggressive while I’m concentrating on getting a shot. I didn’t realize how close this huge bull was to us as things always seem further through the lens. My wife, “Sarah” let out a little ‘yelp’ which let me know, it was time to move on! This guy was alone with a female and didn’t wanna be disturbed!