Photo of the Day
|Argyle Male - what a beauty!|
Why Hello!!! I haven’t done this for a while, but decided to post a blog update of my last week’s worth of ‘activities’ that I thought you all might enjoy!
Starting off with the most current news, and that being a little staff bumble yesterday evening with Dave and Thea. We went out hoping to find Kuhanya leopardess, but she had moved on from her morning’s resting place, west of Argyle Dam, but it didn’t bother us much, as a bit further west, Grant was sitting watching Argyle Male, so I went and joined him.
Sadly though, he was not in any mood to do anything, and lay very contently in the grass a few metres from Grant’s vehicle, not even raising his head when I pulled in to join Grant – it is amazing how relaxed he has become!!! Both Jacky (Grant’s tracker) and I commented on the fact that Argyle male now behaves like our dear old (and legendary) friend, Mangadjane! I stuck around for a while and eventually the brute of a leopard that is Argyle male rose to his feet, walked past the car and stared intently into the bush. It was clearly too much for him and he went back to sleep!!!
|Grant's guests and Argyle male leopard|
Being the perfect evening, I decided to head to the airstrip to try my hand at photographing the Milky Way...I didn’t really succeed, but here is what I got – a little more practice needed I think!!! Still, to try and capture the real beauty of the stars at Motswari is almost impossible, but I hope these photos give you some idea of what a magical sight it is!
|An amazing starry night at Motswari: stars to the west, an impala herd with the Milky Way above them, a dead tree framing the myriad of stars, and our trusty Land Rover parked beneath a canopy of stars|
Rewinding a bit to last week, I took a few days off to be with my family on Ingwelala, the adjoining reserve to Motswari, and also treated them to a night at the lodge!
|High Tea at Motswari|
|Game Drive Time - Raffaela and one of the Mahlathini male lions|
|Coffee break at Entrance Dam|
|Coffee time at Entrance Dam - Note Chad drinking Mom's Tea (mom the one making the tea!)|
|Petros, Carmen and Ekki at Buchner Koppies for a sundowner|
|Could have explained the slight headache the next day!|
|DAve in action at in the Boma for the evening meal|
We struggled a bit for game there, and on our two drives at Motswari, but still had a great deal of fun, especially as the main purpose f our first drive into the depths of the reserve were for something far more important than a rhino! I would like to congratulate my brother and his girlfriend on their engagement in a truly wonderful setting! All the best guys!
|...the answer was 'YES!' in case you were wondering - well done brother!|
|Petros reaching new heights|
|a magical setting for a special moment|
|The champange never went to waste!|
|Me and my family enjoying a special afternoon!|
Besides that, here are a few of the photos I got during the week...
|Impala ram in the last light of the afternoon|
|one of the Xinatsi Clan hyenas|
|a secretary bird - the first time i have seen in the reserve!|
|Thousands of queleas gathering at a dam on Buchner|
|the rush to the water!|
|Another 'terrible' end to the day - This is Africa!|
|Shy Jacaranda Pride male lion roaring on Motswari Northern Access|
|Impala ram's with a breeding herd of elephants in the background|
|Breeding herd of elephants drinking at a small pool in the Nhlaralumi|
|Another breeding herd of elephants making their way to a dam with a storm approaching in the background|
|Despite the brewing storm, we only got a few millimetres of rainfall|
Lastly, going back almost a month, I received a few photos from some guests that we hosted at the end of January, that joined us for our Motswari Zebra Hungry Lion Football Club practice session, and I thought I should share them with you! Thanks to Steve and Peter for the photos!
|Motswari Zebra Hungry Lion FC (click on the photo for a larger view) - Back row from left to right: |
Thandi, Jackie's wife, Stephen, Grace, Dave, Tiyani, Peter, Patrick, Tim, Elliot, Marka, Grant
Front Row: Johannes, Sinah, Pedro and Eugenia
|The supprters! Thania, Tembi, Grace, Petunia, Jackie's wife|
|Elliot "Ronaldo" Mgiba and Dave|
|The game slowing downa wee bit!|
|Chad, Eugenia, Thandi and Peter|
|Peter and Elliot|
Well I am heading back to Johannesburg for a week’s break – I look forward to hearing about what I miss while in the Big Smoke!
Take care until next time!