I love photography because a single photograph can evoke feelings that cannot always be translated into words. This is an HDR photograph I took earlier this year on the Saint Lucia beach, it still evokes feeling in me even though I knew when I took the photograph exactly what I wanted to say.
It was time to leave the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park behind and begin the journey home, back to civilization. We staid overnight in Upington to enjoy the city a bit, only to find out that we were to tired to do so. The long road back to Johannesburg took us 11 hours because of a puncture. Now it is time to wrap it all up.
11 days in the Green Kalahari:
Here is some trivial facts of our trip:
Distance traveled: 3413.40 km
Overall diesel consumption: 8.9 liters / 100km towing a trailer.
Overall average speed: 53.9 km/h
Total time in vehicle: 63 hours 16 minutes
Photos taken: 2726
Was it all worth it? Every second. But next time I will be going in a Landrover Defender 110, a 4×4 is a must even if the Peugeot held it’s own. The higher than usual diesel consumption can be accredited to 2 things. one the state of the roads and second the trailer.
We were lucky that there where some cancellations at Nossob Restcamp. You must understand the Kgalagadi was the "highlight" of my trip, photo hunting grounds of the mystic Kgalagadi that I had heard of for so many years. I was finally there! And was not to be disappointed at all… Like all reserves, I go in knowing that nature will decide what to dish me out in it’s own time and place. It’s really like going on a stroll around hoping to see something but expecting nothing. But within an hour I would be satisfied with what mother nature dished me out. A mindful Black Backed Jackal was over looking a (Pale Chanting?) Goshawk. An unusual sight to say the least… But why?
We decided that this was as good as any other place to take a rest, and so we began to observe this unusual behavior for both animals. The explanation never came but I can only assume that what followed had something to do with it… I apologize for the quality of the image but I had to digitally enhance it, something I do not do often (unlike cropping) but I was stuck with a 200mm zoom.
You can see the head of a Ratel (Honey badger) sticking out on the bottom left, it was the first time I saw one of these elusive animals. And what a sight it was… We watched him digging his den for a while. I must say I missed my 500mm Zoom just then…
And we were to be spoiled a little more… look at this galloping Red Hartebeest… I swear I was watching a show horse trot…