Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Be Inspired By: African Wildlife

Gerry van der Walt All Authors, Gerry Leave a Comment

If you follow the Wild Eye Facebook page I’m sure you would have seen that our popular Be Inspired By themes are back!

Every Friday we post the theme, along with a number of images from the Wild Eye team, to the Facebook page and then it’s over to you guys to share YOUR images.  The following Monday we will then post a number of our favourite images on the blog.

When you’re done looking through the images why not visit the various photographers Facebook pages and check out more of their work!

So, here goes with our first selection of  images for 2015.

Be Inspired By:  African Wildlife

Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Zhayynn James Photography

“One of our greatest discoveries on our tour of Tanzania was that Ndutu, unlike any other National Park in Tanzania, allows vehicles off-road. This meant that we could spot our quarry in the distance and make a beeline straight there, up close and personal. This is exactly what happened when we saw a herd of elephants in the distance. We drove straight up to them and swung around to capture them in the beautiful morning light.

The herd was fairly close together, about 8 individuals in total, with young calves in tow. My goal was the matriarch, a beautiful animal that had unusually asymmetrical tusks, one longer than the other and at different angles. I waited until the matriarch of the herd pulled a little away from the rest of her family, allowing me the opportunity to capture her in all her gargantuan glory, with one side of her bathed in the morning light and the rest of her in shadow.”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by DR Photo

Taken at Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa.

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Sherry Mckelvie

“Alongside African animals, I also love to photograph the ‘little creatures’. Nature is so incredible and I love the vibrant colours.  This is an adult Picasso Bug (about the side of my little fingernail), taken on Bulago Island in Lake Victoria, Uganda. The babies have a completely different colouring – black and gold and pink stripes.  For some of us, magical safaris to view lions. cheetahs, etc are very few and far between, but it is amazing what a simple ‘garden safari’ will turn up!”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Donna Michiel

“This photo was taken at Erindi game reserve in Windhoek, Namibia, in October 2014. Unfortunately Our guide got our vehicle stuck in a couple of aardvark holes. We had to wait for another vehicle to come and get us. We were quickly losing our golden sunset light. Little did we know the young male lions we wanted to find were napping under a bush only meters away. As we loaded Into the new vehicle and started on our way we were thrilled to see this fellow peering up at us with such beautiful light. I love his eyes!”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Chris du Plessis

“A moment of tenderness between two Waterbuck in the Kruger National Park.”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Olivia Sadie de Vos

“My all time favourite, who would think lions could snuggle up.”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Steven Freese

“There are not many things in life that can compare to a Beautiful African Sunrise ,to start a day being able to view it and then still capture it is truly inspiring. This image was captured on Nambiti Private Game Reserve in KZN.”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Jon Bryant Photography

“Four female flat cats resting up on the dry Timbavati river bed under a beautiful African sky!  Image taken in the Ngala Private Game Reserve.”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Heinrich Neumeyer

“Nothing compares to having a stare down by a lion in Africa. This regal lioness didn’t fancy us too much, and with a name like Noku (meaning porcupine) one can clearly see that she is not to be messed with.  She is the matriarch of the Central Pride in Pilanesberg National Park.”

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Be Inspired By - African Wildlife

Image by Fred von Winckelmann

“While watching a truly spectacle of a massive herd of Buffalo moving slowly in front of a sunset these two youngsters did not care about which direction they go and were playing in between the herd.  Savute marsh, Chobe National Park, Botswana.”

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Thanks to everybody who shared their African Wildlife images this week!

Make sure to check out the Wild Eye Facebook page for more images and stay tuned for the next Be Inspired By theme!

Until next time.

Gerry

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Gerry van der Walt

I am a private and specialist photographic safari guide, public speaker, co founder of Wild Eye and wildlife photographer. Visit my website at www.gerryvanderwalt.com or follow my journey on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Periscope.  I look forward to changing the way you see the world! Have you checked out The Wildlife Photography Podcast?

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