The following is really just an excerpt from a trip, and took place a while back (2008 to be exact), but I have finally come around to write the story...
It's a chilly morning, early May, in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
It took a little longer than expected for the coffee to kick in and get some warmth into my body, so I left Mata Mata camp a little later than gate-opening time.
I slowly made my way south (the only direction you can go from Mata Mata) with that wonderful feeling of anticipation filling my mind... What will I see today? The light is good early morning - I hope I can make use of it... Will I see any big cats today? (OK, big cats are not the only wildlife I am interested in, but they sure put a special tingle up my spine!).
A little distance from Craig Lockhart, I noticed a few cars around the water hole... What did they see?
As I turned in to the waterhole, I spotted them - LIONS!
In my hurry to get my window rolled down, my lens support (a swimming pool "noodle" with a slit cut in to fit over the window) fell out of the vehicle! I stopped, backed up a bit, gingerly opened my door while keeping an eye on the lions about 30m away, and picked up my noodle. Now I'm ready for the action...
As I neared the other cars, I saw that one of the lions (a young male) seemed very interested in the rear end of one of the vehicles. I looked a little closer and... "HOLY COW - Can this be true? - There's a porcupine under the vehicle! - No, there are two porcupines under the vehicle". The young lion intensely stares at them from close quarters.
My whole body was shaking! "Thank heavens for Optical Stabilization in my lenses - there's no way I can hold a camera still now!"
All the action unfortunately took place into the rising sun, so the light was not ideal, but with action like this, I will take any light that mother nature supplies!
Stay tuned for the continuation of the story...
If you are too impatient for that, the complete story with more photos are on my blog at AfricaBliss