A week in pictures captured by a nature photographer

By Luke Street

One of the highlights of going on an African safari at Tanda Tula during the winter months is the incredible elephants sightings. Most of the time they are found at waterholes where they will be drinking, but more often than not they are actually playing in the water. As soon as all the small ponds begin to dry up the massive herds move in and are drawn to the larger watering holes and dams. These scenes create such incredible sightings of both babies and adults alike. I don’t think there are any other animals that get as excited about water as elephants do, and if you are going on a photographic safari these images are wonderful to capture.

The past couple of weeks has seen winter really take hold of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. With cloud cover coming in and the temperature plummeting just about every day. This is unusual for winter in The Greater Kruger Park, as typically the skies should be clear; however, this does mean dramatic skies and sunsets which are always amazing to photograph. Most animals do not enjoy this cold and windy weather and the image of the purple roller perfectly sums up the small bird’s mood towards the bad weather.

I have always thought of myself as a nature photographer rather than a wildlife photographer. We are surrounded by this gorgeous environment and the options to explore every aspect of it through the camera are limitless. With that being said, this week I went out and spent a couple of hours just photographing things from ground level. Nature is incredibly intricate and when you get right up close to it, even a small rock can become something wonderful to investigate through the lens.

However, I think my favourite image from the past week has got to be the one of Marula, the female leopard, looking back over her shoulder. The lighting and angle just coincided so nicely. She had just finished feeding on a nearby impala kill and as she lay down to rest she posed so beautifully. Sadly, she lost this kill to several hyena a bit later in the day.

As usual I can’t wait to see what the next couple of weeks have to offer. Until then, happy snapping!

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