25 October 2017
The Start of Summer

Luke has recently returned from his leave in the city and could not wait to get back out on safari in the Timbavati to see what he could capture on camera. It is a strange thing when you are away from the bush, even for a short while,  you start to ache for it. You miss the smells and sounds, not to mention the animals that you work alongside every day and become so partial to.

Luke’s images this week capture an intimacy and sense of anticipation. The gentle curve of Ntombi’s tail amongst the last of the winter grasses perfectly reflects the elegance of this leopard, her cunning, and stealth. In this picture, you truly sense how quietly these animals move through the bush. As an onlooker, we wonder where she is going and what she is doing. This beautifully composed image reminds us that in wildlife photography, one does not always need to capture the entire animal to show the viewer a whole story.

In stark contrast is the photo of the hyena chasing vultures off the remains of a buffalo carcass, an image all about tension and activity, you can sense the strain in the air, the endless friction between these two scavengers. The last image of a male lion found on one of Tanda Tula’s neighboring properties is a profile image of the king of the beasts. Again, this a photo which reflects anticipation of what is to come.

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