Zebra in Makgadikgadi National Park

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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.

Cheetah in the Okavango Delta

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Cheetah are most certainly a treat to see in the wild, if you’re lucky enough that is!  We haven’t seen them often in the wild and on the rare occasion that we have, they’ve usually been far off in the distance with no photo oppertunities.  While on our trip through Botswana recently, I spotted these 2 from a long way off…  They were relaxing in the early morning sun on top of a Termite mound.  It was picture perfect so I decided to take the road that would lead us right next to them but as we approached, they got scared and ran off!  I really thought we had lost them but we managed to keep our eyes on them as they went from Termite mound to Termite mound and finally close enough for me to snap this shot with my 400mm lens.  I think it was a mother and her not so young cub. Pitty about the collar around her neck.

 

Star Trails

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

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!