Thursday, July 7, 2011

Mashatu June photo workshop- an annual occurrence.

In June 2010 we ran a photo workshop to Mashatu on the exact same days as this years one. It was one of the best 4 days I have ever had on the reserve, with leopard cubs, lion cubs, wild dogs, hyena and lots of elephant activity to keep us and our cameras busy. Knowing what things are like in the wild, I never expected such an intensity of activity to be seen for quite a while.

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

How wrong was I to be.

Heading out on our first afternoon drive we found some lions laying in the riverbed lazing away. Just then, a herd of elephant arrived and the lions scuttled, the scene was filled tension- and it was a harbinger of things to come.

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

From then onwards we had a few hours old elephant baby being swum through a herd, lions fighting with hyenas at their den. The hyenas had very young ups which offered us very good photos when danger was not around. A very relaxed leopard mom with three tiny cubs was the next attraction and kept us occupied with cameras for many a session. In amongst this we also had elephant herds running down riverbanks, lions trying to mate and a couple of other leopards roaming around…

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

I’m not the superstitious type when it comes to repeat performances, but I can justly assure you that next year June I will be on the June Mashatu photo workshop. Lets just say that it will be part of tradition…!

Enjoy the pics.

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

mashatu, photo workshop, c4 images and safaris

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