More Photographic Highlights from Motswari
During our time in South Africa, and in the Motswari Private Game Reserve in particular, I shot so many images, and even now, barely over two months since we were there, I am still processing and uploading images.
While I have detailed our adventures in the Timbavati here on this blog, in some cases I have not had images ready, and as many photographers know, sometimes an image's potential only becomes realised some time after having captured it.
Given that I have published a few more images since I verbally and pictorially recalled our adventures, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to provide a few photographic highlights that were previously missed.
So, here are ten photographic highlights, in order of capture.
1. Eye of the Leopard
The title Eye of the Leopard is homage to the awesome National Geographic documentary of the same name, shot by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, featuring the life of Legadema, a young leopard in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
The leopard in my image is Makepisi (which means "hat" in Shangaan). I captured this image of a leopard on the first game drive we took in the Motswari Private Game Reserve, which is located within the Timbavati region of greater Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.
2. Leopard of the Night
As the light fell, Petros, our tracker, brought out the spotlight so we could continue to view and photograph Makepisi as the sun set over a beautiful African savannah landscape in Mpumalanga province.
3. Spotted Hyena
4. I Spy with My Little Eye
Rockfig Jr got up from the termite mound on which she was resting, and headed over to a thicket, where she keenly watched a bachelor warthog which we had also seen, and which was perhaps 50 to 100 metres away.
She soon returned and came extremely close to us. At one point she was less than two metres behind our open-top Land Rover. I was perched in the rear part of the vehicle, and it was the closest I had ever been to a leopard.
5. Stare of the Wildebeest
Two male impala engaging in sparring. These two were not at war, but were engaging in play-battle. Were a dominant male to encounter an invading male, there would be a much more intense battle for dominance.
7. Giraffe Grazing
Africa's tallest mammal, munching on some delicious leaves.
8. Timbavati Queen
9. Ximpoko Yawn
After a long, hot day resting, the Ximpoko and Mabande males were still somewhat tired and prone to sleeping.
At one stage, Ximpoko yawned, and I captured it.
A short time later, the two nomads got up, wandered over to another spot up the river bank and settled for a little more rest before the long night that lay ahead for them.
It can be hard to photograph them in clean surroundings, but this image had a cuteness factor which warranted publication.
I counted at least 11 elephants that I could see (although there were probably more); and amongst these, there were a few juveniles.
I was fortunate enough to capture this little guy reaching for some delicious leaves and twigs.
Published on Sunday, 9th December, 2012.