The secret of becoming invisible to the creatures of
Africa is to become part of the
environment. So I designed a camper
van only a photographer could love. This ugly
but comfortable vehicle
has windows all around with interior camera platforms.
At dawn, I park in a promising place, stay still, and become part of the landscape.
Soon the creatures ignore me and my day begins ...
When food is scarce in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe, the
largest bull elephants stand on tiptoe to pick the nutritious seed pods
off the Apple Ring Acacia trees. The pods must be what elephants dream
about as they tread along the dry floodplains of the Zambezi
Some of the tiniest of Africa's creatures are amazing,
like these two suricates standing sentinel for their group that's digging
for bugs and scorpions. Members of the Mongoose family, suricates are
only a foot tall, but will attack a cobra.
Be ready for anything
A tender scene of a vervet monkey suckling may be interrupted by screaming, kicking
zebra stallions. My camera goes into overdrive.
Minutes later, the fighting zebra move off and I am free to sketch or write in the
afternoon heat at the deserted waterhole. That work has resulted in
the photo and art prints you will see on this website, now featuring the
Elephants of Addo.
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