Sunday, October 15, 2017

Autumn Colors

I'm taking a break from editing Kenya files and getting out into the autumn woodswhile the color lasts. The peak seems more unpredictable these last few years but maybe that is my fuzzy memory. I'll take the explosion of color any time I can get it.
Technical:  Camera placed in the bottom of a hollow stump and shot with a 2 second timed release. 16mm focal length and f22 , manual focus at infinity

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hyena Cuties

There is something cute and lovable about hyena cubs, perhaps its their eyes and intense curiosity. I love their playfulness as they explore every aspect of their world, including the truck tires. 

Wherever they roam they are under the watchful eye of mom who may nurse them for up to two years.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Cheetah in the Rain

 This cheetah was making the most of a miserable afternoon in the rain while we were dry, protected on three sides by canvas and plastic.
 We watched her endure through the afternoon capturing her misery as best we could.  Finally she had had enough and our wait was rewarded.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Hyena Cubs

We spent about an hour watching this den and second one later in the day. The cubs playing and their interaction was fascinating! It changed all my impressions of hyenas which had been formed by watching nature shows on TV. As you can hear Angela had a blast doing still photography while I was recording.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Following Mom

Elephant babies are completely dependent on their mother for months after birth. This young one is about a week old. It takes 6 months to learn to use their trunk and begin to explore with it. With a life expectancy of several decades they continue to learn for several years, much like human children. Sometimes life is not so kind to a young elephant. For one such story read: The Story of Pili

Friday, September 29, 2017

Early morning elephant

Each morning we left camp before sunrise to arrive at a location for shooting it or early morning carcass activity. Lions hunt at night and the hope was getting them on a carcass before hyenas had claimed it. On the way out one morning I had to stop for a minute to shoot this elephant browsing. It was also a great opportunity to push the limits of Sony technology.

Technical: Sony a7r2, Canon 100-400 lens @1/160, f5.0, ISO 102400

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Elephant Encounter

This guy greeted us on our way to camp. It was a magical transition to Africa, especially after three days of travel.  A few days later we watched another bull, 50 years old,  eating tree roots from a tree he had first upended. The texture of his skin says so much about his age and experience.