I’ve seen plenty of documentaries on how tough the desert elephants have it, how it’s tough for them to find water, unlike the ones in Etosha who have boreholes to support them. In Purros there is a natural spring which seems to keep them around that area, we have seen quite a few of the elusive elephants on our various visits to Purros.
Believe it or not this track is marked on most maps of Namibia, if you follow it for about 2 days you’ll end up on a tar road. This is close to the top of the Marienfluss, at the top of the valley there is the Kunene river which forms a natural border with Angola to the north, you can’t go any further, there aren’t any roads along the river. The only way in and out of this valley is a couple of very bumpy steep tracks through the hills to the east, one is too steep to drive up, or you drive the length of the valley on this sandy track. If anyone is going to Namibia this is a must see, however I must insist that you don’t do it alone with one car!
Max has been sick for the last few days, sick babies are pretty hard work.
This is still one of my favourite places on the planet, a little bit scary when you know that hardly anyone ever visits this area. Which means if you get stuck, you get be in a fair bit of trouble.
This was taken at a campsite waterhole in Etosha, Okaukuejo I believe. To get shots like this you are going to need a few bits of kit. Besides a camera and a good lens, you’ll need a good flash, I have a Nikon SB910, something to get your flash off your camera, like some pocketwizards, and a flash x-tender. Something that is also very useful is a trustful assistant who will happily run around with flash in hand pointing it in the right direction. There is a bit of trial and error involved as the beam from the flash x-tender is very narrow. Once you get it right you get some pretty good shots.
I am going through the complete series of images from our last trip to Namibia at the end of 2013, about 30000 images or so from the 5 weeks we were there. Plenty of them are from some timelapse stuff I did, which I will get round to editing one day.
In the dry season the elephants rule the waterholes, it must be quite frightening having these behomoths bear down on a waterhole if you are something smaller, I’m pretty sure the only animal that would stand its ground is a Rhino and perhaps a herd of buffalo. I’ve watched lion flee without a second thought.
It’s important to revisit older photos in your library once in a while, I don’t mean just the ones you selected as your best shots back when you first looked them. I mean to look at all of them from a specific period or place, it doesn’t really matter how your organise your photos, as long as you organise them and stick to a system. I use year and then place, I’m not keen on letting lightroom put them into folders by day, that would drive me nuts. I then use collections for quite a few things. Maybe one day I’ll have time to tell you more about it, for now let’s just say that If I didn’t organise them I would have never found this shot of a scops owl.
Photos don’t always have to have interesting subjects in them to be appealing. Not that the ocean is uninteresting, it’s just this is a rather simple photo of it.
To me this photo is very calm and portrays a sense of serenity, it also makes me dream of what’s under the surface, having dived in many places on the planet I do have some sense of what lies beneath. I am sure there are plenty of people out there that think it’s full of dangerous man eating beasts. In reality, at least when diving, what lies under the surface is as calming and serene as this photo. I have been up close and personal with many sharks and have only once been afraid. It’s jaws did open a few inches in front of my face as it was biting our dive masters “shark prodder”, I left the water very quickly after that. Though I do now realise it was only reacting to getting poked at with a sharp stick. Similar to what we would do.
Plenty of people only take their cameras with them when they go on holiday. There’s always opportunities to take photos, so take a camera with you wherever you go. I still haven’t been converted to smartphone photography except for snaps of Max when we are out walking or just messing about. So I tend to take my Fuji with me quite a bit, it’s light enough that I don’t really notice it if I carry it all day long. The image quality is superb and the EVF is great.
It’s as if winter just disappeared, it’s already warm enough to go out in shorts and a t-shirt in the evenings. Let’s hope it lasts!
Last year was probably the least productive year I had photographically speaking. We didn’t travel very much which is kind of understandable as Max was born. So far this year I am doing a little better, New Zealand and Venice, we’re already talking about what else. No plans have been made but there will be a few more trips for sure this year.
It’s a little more difficult to find the time to post photos and share my brief little stories on here. I also find my mind is a little more drained and lacking inspiration these days, perhaps I need to return to a place like this. The middle of nowhere, also known as the Marienfluss in Namibia.