I’m not the most maternal person in the world – hardly ever coo over baby cots – but this little guy, fast asleep nearby when I was recording a boring meeting was too much for me to resist.
I also tried out some of the features in the new processing software I have installed.He woke up at some point! The last two photos were taken using the setting especially designed for taking pics of babies!! Sort of fuzzy and soft!
It was cold on the banks of the Zambezi, but I wanted photos of the dawn above the Victoria Falls. This little guy was cold too! So were his brothers and sisters! Since I don’t have the greatest zoom on my camera, I snuck up – snapping pics at every step…he wasn’t fooled…
Then he worked me out…”Photographer…no sweat!”
I’d like to say I took these photos somewhere exotic, but actually these buffalo were grazing where they usually do….on the side of the road, on the way back from the Victoria Falls National Park….…taken after sunset!
The calves look a little cattle don’t they?
He doesn’t look nearly as fearsome with a mouthful of grass as he does when he was peering through the bushes at us!
We drove along this road in a quest for…’the other end of the road!’
We didnt find the end of the road, but I found a treasure trove of photos…
A few weeks earlier, these Mopane Trees had green leaves and to be honest, they were pretty boring!
This area, the Matetsi Safari area about 20km from Hwange, has never been logged. So the only deforestators are elephants! And you should see the size of some of the trees they knock down!
I love this photo…It could be a statue, made of bronze, maybe tungsten!
It’s a pic of the driller manning a compressed air borehole drilling rig. He has to stuff the bags (you see in the foreground) into the side of the hole, to stop it collapsing.
Until they hit water, the crew only use a face mask to stop the dust getting into their lungs, but when water is struck, they don the raincoat, gloves…boots!
This rock is very soft (and impervious to water) and makes mud rather than clean water until it has been flushed for some time.
I couldn’t resist messing about a little with this image…
If you look carefully, you will see there are long spikes sticking out at the back of this butterfly and when its flitting about on the flower, the tail end moves, much like the front! I wonder if that is to confuse predators? So they cant tell which is the back and which is the front!
This pic was taken driving back from a place called Hogo Plains in the Somabhula area of the Midlands. It was pretty dark when I took this photo – I’d already switched on my lights!
Intrigued by the name Somabhula, I found various derivations of the name: that it was the name of a local Chief (I heard his name was Somnambula.)
I also came across this: shamaburo, referring to a renowned elephant hunter of this name; shama “wonder at” and buro – “the sharp stick used in a game pit”; alternatively, buru, corruption of the English word bull.
Who knows. What I DO know about Somabhula is that its flat, flat flat…except for this mountain range that sticks out of the flat plain!
Incidentally, we found water at Hogo Plains…lots and lots of lovely water!