Through my lens. From a different perspective…

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language". Martin Buber



Occasionally, time in the bush has nothing to do with the fauna and everything to do with the flora. Wildflowers or weeds? Plant identification is not a strength of mine, however, whatever species this belongs to, it is beautiful. I seem to remember that there were swathes of this yellow intermingled with the greenery giving the impression that a painter had dragged a brush across the vista.



Normally seen from a different angle, this particular giraffe would not turn around, so I figured that a butt shot was in order. It is usually the elephants and the rhinos that supply this particular angle. What it does show is just how far the animal has to splay its legs to get down to the water.



Listen up, there will be a short quiz at the end of this posting!

The front foot of an elephant is circular in shape, while the back foot is more oval. An elongated oval footprint will mean that you are on the track of an adult bull.  Bulls typically leave a double print because the rear leg often falls slightly to the side of the front leg. Each elephant foot has 5 toes, but not every toe has a nail. Due to a soft sponge-like pad in their feet, pachyderms actually walk on their toes, which helps them to move quietly through the bush. The back foot lands on top of the front foot and that can be confusing to novice trackers when it comes to determining the direction of the animal.



After following a particular set of tracks for a while, we turned a corner to find the “leaver-of-the-prints” standing and eating quietly. Approaching an elephant while on foot brings with it inherent dangers that seasoned trackers will be able to interpret and make certain that the animal is kept at a safe distance and is treated with the respect it deserves. The size of an adult bull becomes most apparent when you are both on a level playing field (ie you are not in a vehicle but on foot)



From the biggest to one of the smallest…can you spot the fly in the branch of this tree? If memory serves, I was on the lookout for a troop of Vervet monkeys that had vanished when I returned from my accommodation having collected a camera, so all I ended up with was this.



Looking like the engine of a motorcycle. Salt and pepper shakers in front of a breadbasket. Seeing that the title of this post is “From a different perspective”, and I was tired of taking pictures of the various meals I had been enjoying on this trip, hence this out of the box image.



A touch of Blair-witchery with storm clouds threatening…



There is something innately beautiful and photogenic about Zebra. Even in colour, they appear to be in black and white. One of my favourite animals to photograph while on safari.



It is good to see a rhino with a horn. I do understand that the horns have to be removed in order to stop the poachers, but they will even take the remaining stump if they feel that it has some worth. A sad inditement of the greed and ignorance of those who murder our wildlife for body parts that have no medicinal or aphrodisiac properties.



After a long day out in the bush, a glass of my favourite beverage was most welcome.




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