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07/08/2016 06:28:10 PM · #1
I am such a fan of Photographer notes, like Lydia and Wendy and lots of other folks do it. The story behind the image.

We do not do it often enough, and here I include myself.

I got screamed at for my lack of communication on this image, and rightly so.
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So here it is.

We visited Ingwelala [part of the greater Kruger National Park area] for the weekend. We had the use of a proper 4*4 game-viewing vehicle, and could drive at any time, morning, noon and night. And boy, did we ever. Morning noon and night. The vehicle, with it's pretty inhabitants, looked like this:Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184190.jpg

From the first evening drive's first hill, the vehicle seemed sluggish, without power. It's a Landrover, which explains a lot. [Ducking behind a tree, Hehe].

That evening we struggled up embankments and inclines, and made it back to camp about two hours later than planned, because each molehill had to be stormed thrice. We had to sway forward and backwards to keep our upward momentum, and lots of prayers were heard. It was a good thing though, as it resulted in us being next to the road at the place where 2 young lion were marking their new territory, and telling everybody about it. See and hear that story here.

The next two days went by in a flash of protracted sorties into the bush with a supposedly repaired Landy. Saw stuff like this Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184192.jpg Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184193.jpg.

We also did the Africa Sundowner thing - very relaxing.Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184191.jpg

On the last day, we were out on a late afternoon drive, when we surprised this fellow. The exif says focus point is about 4.4m but he was twice that distance from the vehicle, that's why Mr E is not sharp. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184182.jpg. He's already starting to move, as can be seen by the dust on his back being shaken off.

Now a surprised ellie is not a happy chap, as one can see here. This is the classic "mock charge" done by elephant in this situation. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184183.jpg

The only problem is, there is no real difference in the start and middle part of a "mock" charge and a "real" charge. So here Mr E is still quite intent on not letting his real intentions be guessed at, except that it will end badly if you ignore it.Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184184.jpg

Now it is close to crunch time, Sir Elephant is 4m from the vehicle and still communicating directly with us, but like good visitors to a wild park, we have unanimously decided via quite clear communication to the driver, to listen to His Lordship and bugger off post haste. But will the Landy go, because if the Landy's engine is in the same state as our legs, we're sitting ducks. A himm and a haa, and we move off at a snail's pace.. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184185.jpg

And just as quick as you can say "soiled pants" the juvenile delinquent ellie of which we were never afraid, decides that he has created enough room for himself, and crosses the road behind us at a brisk walk. Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1184189.jpg

Just another glorious day in South Africa.

Message edited by author 2016-07-09 15:56:21.
07/08/2016 06:56:53 PM · #2
I enjoyed all of the photos.

Thanks for your narrative. I felt like I was there!

07/08/2016 09:46:17 PM · #3
Great story - thanks for sharing it!!
07/08/2016 11:15:11 PM · #4
Not exacly a story before going to sleep. But I loved every bit of it. Glad that you got to tell the adventure
07/09/2016 12:08:04 AM · #5
Wonderful story. Thank you!
07/09/2016 08:44:22 AM · #6
Thanks for the awesome 'tog notes!!
07/09/2016 09:11:16 AM · #7
Loved the story, thanks for sharing.
07/09/2016 12:14:08 PM · #8
Yay!!Thanks for the story. I love the shot you picked for the challenge, since you can't see what's under you. It almost feels like you've crawled under the landrover! :)
07/09/2016 01:27:45 PM · #9
Very cool! Thanks!
07/09/2016 03:45:09 PM · #10
Originally posted by vawendy:

It almost feels like you've crawled under the landrover! :)

WENDY! Don't even SAY that!
07/09/2016 04:03:27 PM · #11
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by vawendy:

It almost feels like you've crawled under the landrover! :)

WENDY! Don't even SAY that!


Hehe.
07/09/2016 05:09:36 PM · #12
Originally posted by herfotoman:

Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Originally posted by vawendy:

It almost feels like you've crawled under the landrover! :)

WENDY! Don't even SAY that!


Hehe.


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Message edited by author 2016-07-09 17:10:16.
07/09/2016 09:06:24 PM · #13
Wendy, I think it's a good sign of recovery that you COULD say that!

Herman, thanks for the notes. Great story.
07/09/2016 09:21:55 PM · #14
Originally posted by jomari:

Wendy, I think it's a good sign of recovery that you COULD say that!

Herman, thanks for the notes. Great story.


+2,378
07/10/2016 03:12:13 AM · #15
Originally posted by Lydia:

Originally posted by jomari:

Wendy, I think it's a good sign of recovery that you COULD say that!

Herman, thanks for the notes. Great story.


+2,378

+2,379

(Sorry for the lazy reply, but Lydia summed it up really well)
07/10/2016 09:43:28 PM · #16
Originally posted by Beetle:

Originally posted by Lydia:

Originally posted by jomari:

Wendy, I think it's a good sign of recovery that you COULD say that!

Herman, thanks for the notes. Great story.


+2,378

+2,379

(Sorry for the lazy reply, but Lydia summed it up really well)


Sometimes... I DO have a way with words numbers.

:D
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