Photographer's Note

I have been away for 10 days - taking photographs rather than posting photographs. Camping in a private game reserve - and this is one of my favourite pictures from there, although taken on a previous visit.

It is, I will admit, a bit of an African stereotype, with the sun setting through the thorn-bush. So, my question for today, especially to the non-Africans viewing it: Is it too much of a stereotype? Too much of a postcard shot?

Photographic details - shot quite late in the day, in fairly dense bush and under low light conditions. The Sable Antelope had only been introduced a few weeks earlier, so were still quite nervous of visitors and this was taken with a 300mm lens from a position I had been waiting in for over an hour.

The TE details: for those wanting to visit, this is one of my favourite campsites in Southern Africa. The owners are serious campers themselves and have made a real effort to provide an individual experience. There are only four campsites arranged so that they are kept well apart and a certain amount of privacy is guaranteed. There are 'traditional' ablutions (the male side of the ownership team was a plumber in a previous life so they are some of the best camping ablutions you will come across), but also a shower under a tree and a sit-down toilet under another tree - nicely fenced in, but open to the skies. You will not see the Big Five, but will get a chance to walk among the game that is there - and with a bit of luck the giraffe might visit your campsite. A very convenient half-day drive from Johannesburg and very nicely situated for entrance to Botswana. No 4 wheel drive hire required, our little 1300cc Mazda copes very well with the couple of kilometres of dirt-road needed to get from the main tarred approach road to the campsites.

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  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2015-08-30
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2016-12-16 9:41
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