I took a much needed break from posting after I finished my trip report. I logged on tonight and finished responding to all of the comments posted by those had followed so faithfully. Hilda was the very first person to comment when I first started the TR in the very beginning stages when the trip was first booked nearly a year ago and commented on every posting thereafter. You are all the reason that making the effort of writing a TR is worth while. Thank you again!
I have been reading about the floods in the Park and am saddened by the fact that so many of the places that we were able to enjoy have been so badly damaged, many of them still closed. Hopefully the rebuilding is speedy and the impacted employees are well taken care of. South Africa is a beautiful country with so much to offer, but highest on the list is the people!!!
I found this one on Facebook of Mike and I standing on the overlook of Orpen Dam. While we were there a small herd of Elephant approached the dam from below us. It was such an amazing experience to be there in the open with these awesome animals so close.
Mike also talked me into shooting in RAW during this trip. I had never done so because of how much memory it takes up and I usually don't do much with post processing. I started shooting RAW towards the end of day 2 and I will never switch back to just jpeg. I have found several photos that were completely unusable in their original state, but with some MAJOR editing of the RAW image, they are at least recognizable for what they are.
This Broad Billed Roller is grainy, but the original picture is just a dark blob on a branch with the poor lighting. At least you can see what it is now. Same thing for the Wahlbergs Eagle below.
Thanks again for sharing your beautiful country with me!