Thursday, 31 May 2018

Victoria Falls


Victoria Falls
Although I have spent a lifetime trying to capture the best wildlife images that I can; on rare occasions it is the locality that dwarfs the animals. Victoria Falls is such a place.  With its rugged setting, thunderous cascades and luxurious bushland it is a wonderland, an enduring symbol of nature’s power and beauty.

Dazzled though I was by the falls, the wildlife that lives in its misty surrounds are no less fascinating. Tiny jewelled birds flitted amongst the canopy while equally colourful butterflies sought out blossoms. Diminutive squirrels and mongoose occasionally scuttled across the pathway that hugs the edge of the chasm that has been cut into the landscape by the mighty Zambesi River.

There were larger animals too. Waterbuck, wart hogs and baboons were just a few of the numerous mammals that can be found close to the falls while in the calmer waters upstream hippos and crocodiles are common.

In such a complex environment there are also those special sightings that make Victoria Falls so memorable; a huge water monitor scrambling along a watery cliff face behind a curtain of spray and a fish eagle perched in a tree overhanging the river’s thundering course

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Farewell to Africa...elephant style


Farewell to Africa...elephant style

Our time in Botswana’s Okavango Delta had been wonderful. Over the last couple of weeks we had encountered all of the wildlife we had hoped to see in one of the most natural and stimulating settings on our beleaguered planet.

Elephants had not been in abundance rather we discovered small transitory groups that seemed to be intent on avoiding close contact which only added to the excitement of each encounter.

However there comes that day when it is time to leave. With regret we packed our bags and waited at the camp for the light plane to circle before landing a few kilometres away on the bush landing strip.

One last short drive and who knows what delights the Okavango had to offer to farewell us. And it turned out to be a rather ill tempered bull elephant that barred our way for a good ten minutes; stamping its feet and flaring its ears, before finally acquiescing and letting us go on our way.
A fitting farewell.


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