Monday, May 28, 2018

Black Rhino Game Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park. North West Province.

Some wildlife images from a recent foray into the bush
at Black Rhino Game Lodge.
Following lions as they patrol their territory is a constant source of excitement for me.
The morning light warming their fur is one of the natural wonders 
of an African day...for me that is.
I am not so sure how the prey species feel.

Time for reflection.
A lioness, even though drinking, keeps a wary eye on our vehicle.

There are two packs of Wild Dogs in this reserve,
and luckily for the guests in camp, they were not too far away.
This particular animal looks like standing up had been just too tiresome
and it collapsed back into a heap next to another from the pack.

Possibly one of my favourite Wild Dog images...
But we had to be patient as this species, much like lions,
tend to spend a lot of their time sleeping.
So it took several minutes of waiting 
and perfect positioning to get this shot.

"Come Martha, we can get a drink somewhere else,"
 is what the Zebra seem to be saying.
Elephants tend to "own" a waterhole and will often chase away other game
while they drink and frolic. 

Back of head...
I wonder what is going through the mind of this lion as he surveys his territory?
Animals spent their entire existence just being animals.
An Impala does not want to be a Kudu
and a lion does not harbour thoughts of becoming an elephant...
or do they?
To the best of our knowledge, they just go about their daily business
being the best animal that they can be.
Pity that humans do not think along similar lines.

This was just part of a huge herd that trundled past us 
as we left the camp gate to head off on an afternoon drive.
They had been at the waterhole near the lodge building
and they were now off in search of something to eat.
No sooner had one group passed that another appeared from the bush.
An experience not to be forgotten.

It seems that International guests have made our humble Giraffe,
the unofficial 6th member of the Big 5.
They attract a lot of lens time from local as well as visiting tourists.

There is NOTHING like an African sunset...

Even though it was not full moon during our visit,
this was impressive in its own way.

Our accommodation at the Lodge.
One of the largest rooms that I have stayed in for a while.
Well appointed with a very comfortable bed.
the latter being MOST welcome after a day of game drives and food.
Night all...
To find out more about this truly spectacular lodge,
visit their website:


 
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
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When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.


Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.


I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

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When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

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This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
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