Hi everyone. Continuing on from last time I am out for the morning warm up with Charles before the guests arrive at the airstrip just before lunch. All being well they should leave the runway at Wilson around 10:00 for an 11:00 pickup.
As I am sure it almost goes without saying now, we were up and out very early and made our way down towards the area Fig (Leopard extraordinaire) was nursing her cubs and I was starting to see Charles’ & Darren’s observations yesterday were spot on, there were Lions everywhere!
It wasn’t long before we caught up with the pride on the move as the temperature was nice and cool…
The light soon started to really warm up with that red glow I love so much. We just had to stop our Leopard search and snap a few Lions whilst the going was good. The area we were in was very dense and getting decent angles proved very tricky.
They were moving fast and it was a devil to keep up with them photographically in the dense shrub. Charles suggested they may be heading to a small clearing near the river and we took an informed punt (as I mostly choose to do) and made our way ahead of them to stand a chance of getting into a decent position before they crossed into the clearing. I knew the area was pretty small so catching up to them and reacting was unlikely to yield anything good so it was a no brainer to get going.
We made our way down and sure enough Charles’ instincts were spot on and they moved into the clearing and began to look across the river to see what opportunities lay ahead.
They soon left after this short hiatus and made their way down into an impassable area (for the 4×4 anyway) and so we moved on. The crossing point for us was a good distance away and there was no immediate opportunities on the other side for them to make an attempt to take down some prey.
It was less than 15 minutes before we came across some others from the pride that were taking things a little slower that morning, hanging further down river but lacking the energy to cross.
Still soaking up my black and white adventure which I am finding superbly inspiring and exciting (I built my early career on gorgeous colour and the vivd hues that early/late light can bring) I am now always looking for shape and form in places I would have before only seen bland dull colour. Getting to know some wonderful photographers like Kyriakos Kaziras and David Lloyd and of course the ‘old guard’ such as Ansel, W Eugene Smith and many others have ignited my interest in the possibilities of black and white more than I thought I ever would a few years back. Striking colour is still in my true heart but new challenges it what keeps us photographers going year after year.
Again there were even more Lions nearby! They really are all over the place at the moment. Taking advantage of the light one last time (above) before finding a good (Lion free!) spot for breakfast.
And there we go! We checked in on the radio and the plane was all on time with my guests so we packed up and made our way to the airstrip……
Until next time, thanks for stopping by as always.
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