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A Journey of Giraffes in Namibia


Giraffes visit a waterhole in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Giraffes seen on our Namibia Photo Tour.

In colloquial terms, a herd of giraffes is called a journey of giraffes – and it’s appropriate, since they travel over vast areas on a journey to find food in the savannas and bush of Africa. On our photo tours in Etosha National Park, Namibia, I had only ever seen a few giraffe together at once at the water hole or on the grasslands. Yet this past summer, giraffe numbers were high – and we saw many grazing and visiting the waterholes. So when we were driving towards Chudob waterhole in eastern Etosha, we were very excited to see a bunch of heads and necks from a distance away. We started photographing, but that’s when the challenge began – how to compose such a group! I talked to the group in my vehicle about watching all of them, in terms of their positions, to watch for overlapping bodies, heads, etc., and do the best you could at trying to make a photo when it looked pretty ‘clean’ and organized.  

We talked about the ‘moment’, too, and it seemed that when all three went down to drink that it was as good a time as any to get some photos. But many of my images still had problems with overlapping giraffes in the background. So we kept photographing and watching for a time when they might all be either seperated enough, or if together, that they were interacting in some way. Not easy with 10 live subjects of anything! Patience, I kept saying – and telling myself at the same time – patience. Finally, the two in the background middle separated enough and the ones on the right were ‘necking’ and it all just felt like it came together. At least as together as it could in that moment! We hoped the fourth giraffe in the foreground would spread to drink, but it was nervous, being young. But in the end, I liked this result. It was worth waiting for, and feels like a diorama in a museum, with the layers of animals suggesting depth. You have to work with what you have at the waterholes, which is both exciting and challenging every time I visit.

Etosha is the culmination of our Wonders of Namibia Photo Tour this July, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with those joining us, as it’s a very special place to observe and photograph a variety of wildlife of Namibia. If you want to join us, go here, and also visit Strabo Tours page on this tour. Just a few spaces remain!

 

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Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 4

 

Celebrating the nurturing of  both animal and human mothers the world over. Here’s to a mother’s love and instinct towards her offspring in Alaska!

Celebrate family!

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Migratory Geese Flying at Dusk

 

I had traveled around the levee roads a few times the afternoon this picture was made last year.  A lot of the geese had lifted off the ponds from a ‘scare’ and landed over in a field of stubble. After one more round on the levee road during the ‘sweet light’, where I managed a few nice photographs, I decided to wait it out and see what might happen if the birds flew at dusk. I was pushing the limits of the time allowed to be in there, but no ranger had come along, so I was staying until they came by. I’m so glad I did! When the geese lifted off, the full moon had also broken through the clouds a bit, and the combination was very exciting! It expressed what I wanted, the mood and mystery of how they fly at night by the full moon. I managed a few frames before they dissipated, and I went away happy out of the gate with the ranger not too far behind!

It’s the season for migrating geese, ducks, and cranes in northern and central California. At any given time, you will see flocks large and small all around the farm fields and refuges  along the Pacific Flyway. There are layers of birds in the sky, going every direction, making that a rather difficult picture to make, so I was looking for ‘less is more’ photos, where all I needed were a few birds to line up in a V, or at least be close to that, and I got lucky with this one image. I won’t tell you how many you ‘toss’ because they are just a ‘bunch of birds in a mess’! I got lucky with a great sky behind this silhouetted group, I cropped this to be a more panorama format because it emphasized their shapes and brought a better balance to the overall frame. No matter how pretty the sky was, negative space can still throw a composition off. But I saved the original, so if someone really needs that space for text, I’ll have it. 

Thanks for visiting. I’m planning to get out there in the next few weeks to create some fresh images of this wondrous annual event.

 

 

And by the way, I used DXO Optics for noise reduction on this 3200 ISO file from a Canon 5D MK III and it was amazing how it cleaned up the raw file. I’ll be posting more comparisons on the blog soon. stay tuned.

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Flying Away

 

These birds are doing just what I’ll be doing tonight -flying! Only I’m headed to Victoria Falls, then into Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip. But this image made me think of the ‘other’ type of flying, the wonderful annual migration process that begins in Alaska now, as birds slowly make their way south for the winter. I’ll be waiting for them again this year to visit California NW refuges, all up and down the central valley, celebrating the return of the cranes and the snow geese and ducks by the thousands!

I may not be able to post much on my blog while I’m away, but I will try to post via Instagram as that will be faster/easier. Follow me there !

 

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