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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Young Bull elephant

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

There’s a big difference between seeing and Elepahnt in the Kruger National Park and encountering an Elephant in the Kruger National Park…  Especially when it’s a young bull in hot persuit of a group of females!  I can honestly say, we had an encounter with this guy!  We first spotted him walking through the bush towards the road, he soon had his trunk in the air to find out what we were all about.  The first rules on most of the brochuers is to give these guys their space, especially when they’re in musth.  Their sexual drive can find them getting very angry, very quickly!  We watched this guy get closer and closer to the road and then realized he was coming to cross, exactly where I was parked!  I started my engine and backed up a safe distance for him to cross…  Ofcourse, he decided not to cross but rather follow the road in our direction!  We endedn up backing up for about 2km’s until a tour guide showed up and managed to scare him out of the way!  It was a cool encounter to say the least!

Alone time for Elephants.

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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!

Some Random Wildlife

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Just been goin through my hard-drive and found some wildlife pictures I shot a while back.  There’s something soo cool about wildlife photography…  I love the innocence of animals out in nature, just doing what they do!  Looking back at images you take and experiencing that innocence must be one of the best feelings in the world!  This is my secret little passion, enjoy!