Not the five!
What a week!
Last weekend I was very busy in the office and teaching photography at Thanda. On Monday I went to Pongola to get my car serviced and for a short visit to Pakamisa. On Tuesday and Wednesday I ran errands in Durban where a met a very cute puppy dog. Yesterday and today I played again catch-up in the office.
But, I still got a bit of photography done. At Pakamisa I took some pictures of Isabella working with one of her horses and at the Thanda House Waterhole (next to my home) I got some good pictures of Elephants, of Giraffes and of a young Lioness. I also shot some good-bye pictures of our young male Lion, who will leave the reserve soon for a new home. And in between I posted one of my favorite Leopard shots (taken in 2006) on Facebook.
So, here is my week in pictures. Enjoy them and the weekend 🙂
PS: As a bonus I added a short Thanda Elephants video – four times the regular speed!
2016 Travel Journal – Days 27 to 31 – Pakamisa
I spent at few days – including my birthday – at one of my favorite places – Pakamisa Private Game Reserve – http://www.pakamisa.com.
Pakamisa, as most of KwaZulu Natal, is still suffering under the very dry weather conditions. There has not been any substantial rain for a long time and this winter (dry season) will continue to be very difficult for “man and beast”. It is not the lack of water but the lack of food which is the major threat to grazing species during a drought. Pakamisa is now supplementing food to help its grazer population to survive the winter.
These are a few pictures I took during this relaxing stay. I have a few more days to myself before I will be back to work at Thanda Safari!
The picture of the tiny little Ostrich was so popular that I decided to share some more of the images I took of the two new-born chicks and their parents on Saturday and Sunday at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve.
Horses | Birds | Wildlife | Food | Beautiful Place | Pakamisa!
I spent another five very enjoyable days at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve and did quite a bit of photography work.
These are only a few of the images I took during my stay!
Photo shooting Arabian Horses,
… taking images of riders cantering on the reserve,
… capturing birds in Pakamisa’s beautiful gardens,
… working with Pakamisa’s kitchen team on pictures for new menu items,
… photographing wildlife on game drives and
…. last but not least capturing the beauty of Pakamisa itself.
Thanda (my South African work place and home) and Pakamisa are my two favorite places in Africa!
For more information on Pakamisa go to www.pakamisa.com.
It took me thirty minutes to get this picture 🙂
This Common Duiker ran off into thick bush when I came around a corner on one of Pakamisa’s roads. I stopped the car, lowered the window, positioned my 500mm lens and then did not move, as the little antelope looked in my direction.
It was very suspicious of this “new thing” on the road and it took almost 40 minutes before it moved out of the really thick stuff and presented itself. I moved the camera very slowly into position and got only three shots before it decided that hanging around here was far too dangerous. It ran straight up a hill and disappeared from sight.
I like to image, which documents the shy nature of these small and extremely fast antelope.
Bush Breakfast – with a special guest!
I enjoyed today’s bush breakfast at Pakamisa. Mon Ami, one of Pakamisa’s horses, paid us a visit at the table 🙂 – Picture by Isabella Stepski
Have a look at Pakamisa’s blog about this breakfast – with some of my pictures 🙂 – http://pakamisablog.com/2015/04/05/easter-bush-breakfast/