Inspiration

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After coming back to South Africa I was given the opportunity to photograph some beautiful wildlife. These are some of the images that I captured on our adventures into the bush. I never photographed wildlife before and found it to be very exciting, it put me in touch with nature in a whole new way. I was not equiped with a huge lens, I did my best with a  canon 70 – 300mm  which was a big challenge for me. A lot of my images were spotted from a distance so I had to be quick to capture so to not loose the moment.

“How can we possibly appreciate and move toward spiritual wholeness if we cannot see beyond our own species? How can we come to know God, or grasp the interconnectedness of all life, if we limit ourselves to knowing only our own kind? The goal of compassion is not to care because someone is like us but to care because they are themselves. Any spiritual discipline, in any tradition, invites us to open our hearts and minds. This invitation represents an ongoing exercise; the desire and attempt to be open to others in our midst are the essence of the spiritual process. Animals can lead us spiritually in a variety of ways. They can teach us about death, participate in our social and moral development, enhance our physical and psychological well-being, and heighten our capacity to love and to experience joy.”   –  Mary Lou Randour

 

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The message is simple: love and conserve our wildlife. Steve Irwin

 

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Two Hippo’s captured in the act of intimacy, lots of snorting and bubbles…

 

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A young female Kudu nicely camouflaged in the high grass, always on the alert for predators close by.

 

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Surviving the night is a challenge for all mothers and their young ones in the bush. This image shows the insecurity of the young foal clinging to his mom.

 

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“No matter how few possessions you own or how little money you have, loving wildlife and nature will make you rich beyond measure.” ― Paul Oxton

 

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The Nyala is a spiral horned antelope native to South Africa.

 

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I named this image “Roadwarrior” an African wild pig who was running in front of the landrover across the trail like he was being chased by a predator. Clearly came out of a confrontation, there was blood all over him.

 

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A small herd of Kalahari Springbok taking a cool view of things under the shade of a huge tree. Always on the look out…

 

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Male and female Klipspringer  (rock jumper) is a small Antelope found in eastern and southern Africa.

 

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Two young bulls testing their strength, a playful sight which was amusing to see and capture.

 

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There are going to be animals in Heaven. The prophet Isaiah said that the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, … and the lion shall eat straw like the ox (Isaiah 11:6-9).  David Berg

 

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A male Kudu, majestic animals with eyes that are penetrating and expressive. I regard it as a privilege to make contact with them.

 

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Another privilege with a young lion…

 

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If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. Albert Einstein

 

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Four lion cubs waiting for mum to return with a kill. This image is a longshot taken from a distance, did not think I would get this so clearly. They were on top of a hill very camouflaged when I spotted them. One of them spotted me when taking the photo.

 

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A gathering at the waterhole after six years of drought finally came the rain.

 

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“Animals are more than ever a test of our character, of mankind’s capacity for empathy and for decent, honorable conduct and faithful stewardship. We are called to treat them with kindness, not because they have rights or power or some claim to equality, but in a sense because they don’t; because they all stand unequal and powerless before us.” ― Matthew Scully

 

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What my eyes seek in these encounters is not just the beauty traditionally revered by wildlife photographers. The perfection I seek in my photographic composition is a means to show the strength and dignity of animals in nature.  – Frans Lanting

 

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“The more we try to control nature, the more imbalanced our world becomes.” ― Fennel Hudson

 

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“Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski

 

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“Wildlife is and should be useless in the same way art, music, poetry and even sports are useless. They are useless in the sense that they do nothing more than raise our spirits, make us laugh or cry, frighten, disturb and delight us. They connect us not just to what’s weird, different, other, but to a world where we humans do not matter nearly as much as we like to think. And that should be enough.” ― Richard Conniff

 

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Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius. ~Edward O. Wilson

 

 

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Please click on  “Faith Like Feathers”  for my testimony.

All images you see on this site are my own work. Click on Image to enlarge.

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