Time for Old School B&W. Naledi Game Lodge.

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“Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths? Could it be because Africa is the place of all our beginnings, the cradle of mankind, where our species first stood upright on the savannahs of long ago?” -Brian Jackman

 

 

 

I thought that I would start the week with a posting dedicated to what, in film, terms would be Black & White, but digitally is known as Monochrome. There are some images that lend themselves to this form and I wanted to recognize that here. Not all images would well where there is an absence of colour, but wildlife certainly does. It also adds, for me, a layer of mystery to images. As with this picture of our accommodation at Naledi Game Lodge. It looks like a still from a Film Noir from the 1940s.

 

 

Backlit by the rising sun, this Communal Spider nest takes on a whole new dimension. It is moments like this that makes every drive or walk a special event. What you don’t want to do while on foot is to walk into one of these. If you do, there is a special dance that ensues!

 

 

One of the most elusive of the dangerous game species, the leopard is a master of camouflage and is able to almost vanish into its surroundings. For me, my heart rate increases and adrenalin levels soar while looking to find one of these in the bush.

 

 

Buffalo seem to be in a perpetually bad mood and even when they are relaxed and feeding they exude an aura of menace. This is a bovine that you do NOT want to tangle with for any reason.

 

 

A harmless Spotted Bush snake? Or is it? Although it is non-venomous this particular reptile does not like being handled and can be grumpy and will bite if attempts are made to pick it up.

 

 

“If I lift my back foot, can I balance on my trunk”? Young elephants are often uncertain of what to do with their trunks, especially around water and have to be taught by the herd how to make the most of the appendage.

 

 

If I had a 53cm tongue like a giraffe, I too would be licking my nostrils constantly, just to impress.

 

 

Zebra always look good in black & white.

 

 

With hair lit by the afternoon sun, this adult hyena was trying to find some peace away from a den where youngsters were annoying it.

 

 

There are three facts that you need to know about an elephant. 1] It has a sharp end. 2] It has a blunt end and 3] don’t get in the way of either end.

 

 

I spent a long time watching this young lion make its way done from the top of a koppie, to cross the road in front of our vehicle. Although there were several easy paths, it chose the most difficult and convoluted route to get down. As witnessed in this image, where its route was blocked by this tree.

 

 

Even a sunset looks good with the absence of colour.

 

 

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