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MISTY MORNINGS

It was a fresh morning considering it was mid-January, which is the height of the wet season in Botswana, but it felt as though the lands moisture had been sucked from her precious soils overnight, creating a thick blanket of mist across the land, as far as one could see.

With limited visibility, I ventured from my tent to see what awaited on the fertile and rich Mombo floodplains; known to carry some of the most abundant wildlife in Africa.

As a trained safari guide, I could tell that Africa was alive this beautiful morning, as I heard and diagnosed the snorts and snarls of several species; each announcing a story which I would interpret and act upon to find suitable subjects for my enthusiastic photographic quest.

As the sun started to rise across my African vista, the effects it had on my surrounds was quite surreal. Even though I could tell that there was predator action somewhere within earshot, and there were obviously on the move, using this mist as their hunting cover, I could not pull myself away from the impala who were cavorting around my vehicle in close proximity to camp.

It was this that provided my favourite image of the day, even though it was a fleeting moment until the hot African sun started burning the mist off and opening up a much more expansive view.

It was then that Africa shared her other mysteries with me, which included two large and hungry mail lions hot on the heels of a nearby African Buffalo herd; but first, they had to navigate their way around a protective breeding herd of elephants with a feisty mother defending her calf.

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Technical Information
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • f/9
  • 200 mm
  • 1/3200
  • ISO 1250