Wildlife in Black & White.

Getting into the bush involves packing.
And that is really a task I do not enjoy.
Invariably I leave at least ONE item at home.
This despite lists, planning and the best of intentions.
Also being a photographer involves a LOT of kit,
cables and a variety of battery chargers.
I remember an International trip
where I forgot to pack both of my camera battery chargers.
That certainly taught me a lesson as there were
 no replacements available.
Raise a paw if you prefer to shoot in Mono
or Black & White as it was called back in the days of film cameras.
This hind paw belongs to a young lion,
who was doing what most of his species
 does for 20 hours a day…sleeping.
There is something evocative about
 an image stripped of its colour component.
A White Rhino proving that he looks good in grey.
And with a horn on his face.
Although we have two species of rhino in Africa,
the Black and the White,
both are, in fact, shades of grey


A moment of contemplation for this male leopard.
Lying in the fork of a tree branch,
possibly on the lookout for the next meal.


A mad Monday look?
Not really, buffalo just look like you owe them money…
They are certainly not like domestic cattle
and they are liable to attack humans for no apparent reason.


Eye see you…
Part of an African Elephant,
the largest animal on the African continent.
Open wide…
Purportedly the Hippo is said to be responsible
for more deaths than all of the Big 5 combined.
However, there is ongoing research to show that crocodiles
might be partly to blame as their attacks often go unreported.
Without Vultures to clean up after predators,
our reserves would be filled with rotting carcasses
and the diseases that that would bring.


A face that only a mother could love?
This male warthog proudly shows off his protuberances
and at the same time his two sets of tusks.
Fun fact #26: Warthogs are one of the “Ugly 5”


A Blue or Brindled Wildebeest.
Another of the “Ugly 5”
Fun Fact #01: Baby Wildebeest are able to keep up with a running herd
within 15 minutes of being born!
Could you image if a human child had similar capabilities.
A rather quizzical look on the face of this Impala ram.
One of the apex prey species,
I am always happy to find them when out on a morning game drive…
it means that they have survived another night.
A young lion peers off into the distance.
Is he  capable of cognitive thought?
Or is he trying to see if there are prey in the vicinity?
A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.
This has been my constant travel companion
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometers/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
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This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
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 the orange Veldskoen 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.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.
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.
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.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
I could not do without 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,
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.
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