Just over the fence …

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What do you see when you look out your window past your garden fence?

Well, for me most of the time it is the beautiful scenery, a nearby waterhole and often general game, like Giraffes, Zebras, Wildebeest …

But sometimes I see a cat strolling by …

This week it was a Lioness on her way to get a drink at the waterhole. I jumped into my car, drove around to the waterhole and got a few shots of her having a drink 🙂

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A Cheetah Kill!

Only two times in 16 years …

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To see Cheetahs feeding on a kill is an infrequent sighting, as these large cats usually eat quickly and then leave the remains of their prey to other bush creatures. But seeing them killing an animal right in front of you is very rare, indeed.

Yesterday morning was the second time I ever observed these fast cats taking down an antelope.

Thanda’s Cheetah brothers chased an Nyala bull and killed him right in front of our vehicle. Unfortunately I was driving at the time, following them over a hill crest, so I got no pictures of the actual kill, but I got a few picture before and after the take-down.

The Thanda Safari guests on this evening game drive were very excited about this very special sighting!

Pictures and text by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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EYES!

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It has been years since I have created my EYES series of carnivore portraits. I love the strong expressions, especially in the feline eyes, when the color is removed from the rest of the images.

I am currently working on a new selection and this is one of my favorites so far.

Enjoy this Lion King, King of Lions!

Green, green , green …

Green everywhere! I had almost forgotten how beautiful Thanda looks when it turns green after some decent rain falls. Since the start of this rainy season we had over 150 mm rain and in just a few days the reserve has turned from brown&grey to green.

Even the behavior of many animals has changed almost over night. Where during the drought they had to spent most of their day to find food and water, they now have extra time to chase one another and be just idle once in a while.

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Art Project Thanda – South Africa 2016

An inspiring week!
An exhausting week!
An interesting week!
An unforgettable week!

Since I have arrived in South Africa four-and-a-half years ago I spent my time exploring and photographing the bush and its wild animals, I was guiding and teaching many Thanda guests about the environment and about photography, I have developed websites and worked on social media. None of that had prepared me for the last week.

Twenty well known artists from the Americas and Europe stayed at Thanda Safari to create art work to benefit the Star For Life organization (http://www.starforlife.org/). I was part of the team to host these creative guests. I spent my week responding to their needs and request, I set up a photo studio in the middle of the bush, I helped the photographers among them to get the right setups and I spent many hours photographing Colette Lumiere, a multimedia artist from New York, in her various installations. And I also took pictures during the event which will become part of a book about the project. What an experience! I will never forget it.

All the work created will be auctioned at the end of next year at Stockholms Auktionsverk (http://artprojectthanda.com/) to benefit Star For Life.

These are a few pictures from this very special week! Enjoy them!

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Art Project Thanda @ Intibane
Art Project Thanda @ Intibane
The Grand Atelier @ Intibane
The Grand Atelier @ Intibane
Johan Falkman taking portraits of Zulu dancers at the Intibane photo studio
Johan Falkman taking portraits of Zulu dancers at the Intibane photo studio
Star For Life students showing their dreams through drama to the artists
Star For Life students showing their dreams through drama to the artists
Students at a Star For Life school were performing for the artists
Students at a Star For Life school were performing for the artists
Johan Falkman creating a group portrait
Johan Falkman creating a group portrait
Agustin Gonzalez working on a painting
Agustin Gonzalez working on a painting
Ike Ude taking Star For Life school students images at the Intibane photo studio
Ike Ude taking Star For Life school students images at the Intibane photo studio
Leslie Sardinias explaining his work to four interested Star For Life school students
Leslie Sardinias explaining his work to four interested Star For Life school students
Camilla Thulin showing her beautiful creation - 'Zulu Queen' gown and robe
Camilla Thulin showing her beautiful creation – ‘Zulu Queen’ gown and robe
USA and Swedish artists were working together on large pieces of art
USA and Swedish artists were working together on large pieces of art
Chrissie Hansson was videoing Elisabeth de Jesus Espinosa working
Chrissie Hansson was videoing Elisabeth de Jesus Espinosa working
A young Zulu model in front of the group portrait which he is part of
A young Zulu model in front of the group portrait which he is part of
Korakrit Arunanondchai taking video of a burn as part of his installation art
Korakrit Arunanondchai taking video of a burn as part of his installation art
Leslie Sardinias working on his painting
Leslie Sardinias working on his painting
Colette Lumiere in her installation 'Le tresors de L'afrique' in one of the Intibane chalets - artists viewing the installation - Colette posing with a Zulu warrior
Colette Lumiere in her installation ‘Le tresors de L’afrique’ in one of the Intibane chalets – artists viewing the installation – Colette posing with a Zulu warrior in front of the chalet