Monthly Archives: June 2014

Photographic update 3: shooting animals

Giraffe: Posing like a model for minutes.

Giraffe: Posing like a model for minutes.

For those interested in photographic hardware: I shoot with a Canon 5D MK II and a variety of Canon L-lenses. The photographs in this post were all taken with the 100-400mm lens.

Springbok

Springbok

 

Zebra

Zebra

 

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Oryx (Gemsbok)

Oryx (Gemsbok)

 

Jackal (not really posing)

Jackal (not really posing)

 

Blackfaced Impala

Blackfaced Impala

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Blackfaced Impala

 

Male Kudu

Male Kudu

Obviously, the elephant

Obviously, the elephant

 

 

Photographic update 2: the cars in Solitaire

Moose is dead, but Solitaire isn’t. Tours groups come and go. The character of the old fuel station, in the middle of nowhere, is perhaps best kept alive by the wrecks of the classic cars.

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

 

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Soliaire, Namibia

Soliaire, Namibia

 

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

 

Solitaire, Namibia

Solitaire, Namibia

Namibia: a photographic update

After the adventures in West and Central Africa, Namibia is a vacation. I picked up Mees from Windhoek airport two weeks ago, and we bushcamped, stayed at some very comfortable and some very basic campsites, had oryx and zebra steak for dinner, spotted lots of zebra, giraffe, warthog, baboons, kudu, springbok, oryx (gemsbok), and even a brown hyena. In the wild, because we can’t enter parks with Thimba. But the experience seeing these animals beside the road is even more thrilling!
We have almost completed a northern loop (went all the way to Epupa falls, at the Angolan border), and are now staying at Oppi Koppi campsite in Kamanjab, run by a Dutch-Belgian couple. For free, because we are overlanders.
Namibia is a visual treat, a veritable feast for the eyes. The skies are blue, landscapes vary every day, the colours are intense, the people photogenic. So I’ll just let the photographs tell the story. Here’s a first selection:

bush camp near Bosua pass

bush camp near Bosua pass

 

Stranded Angolan trawler, Skeleton Coast

Stranded Angolan trawler, Skeleton Coast

Fur Seal, Cape Cross Seal colony

Fur Seal, Cape Cross Seal colony

 

Seal colony, Cape Cross

Seal colony, Cape Cross

Towards Spitzkoppe

Towards Spitzkoppe

Camp near Spitzkoppe

Camp near Spitzkoppe

Camp at Epupa Falls

Kunene River at Epupa Falls

 

Camp at Kunene River, Epupa

Camp at Kunene River, Epupa

Himba boy, near Epupa

Himba boys, near Epupa

Himba child, Epupa

Himba child, Epupa

Young Himba woman, Epupa

Young Himba woman, Epupa

Himba boys milking a goat, Epupa

Himba boys milking a goat, Epupa

Separating the older goats to take them grazing, Epupa

Separating the older goats to take them grazing, Epupa

Older Himba woman preparing body ocre, Epupa

Older Himba woman preparing body ochre, Epupa

Young Himba girl, Epupa

Young Himba girl, Epupa

Young Himba girls, Epupa

Young Himba girls, Epupa

Young Himba boy, Epupa

Young Himba boy, Epupa

 

Mees with some Himba children, Epupa

Mees with some Himba children, Epupa

Mees and Hipose Muundja, Epupa

Mees and Hipose Muundja, Epupa

 

Hipose Muundja (47 years old), Epupa

Hipose Muundja (47 years old), Epupa