Category Archives: Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography that aims to showcase animal images in a different and refreshing light.

Do You Know What The Closest Relative Is To the Dassie?

Animal Pictures - Dassie looking up at Bettys Bay South Africa

When you are around rocky areas in South Africa, you will most likely see a few dassies running around. I myself find them too cute with their pointy nose and those button ears.

Dassies live in groups of 10 – 80 animals, they are generally most active in the mornings and evenings and their most striking behaviour is the use of sentries. One or more animals take up position on a vantage point and issue alarm calls on the approach of predators, making it hard to get close to them to take attractive dassie portrait shots.

As so many other animals though, dassies are quite used to being around humans in touristy areas, which has the advantage of making it easier to take a dassie photograph ; )

Would you have guessed that the closest living relatives to the dassie are the elephant and the manatee?

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Sneak Peak From My First Safari – B&W Zebra Photograph

B&W Zebra Photograph, Private Game Reserve, South Africa (Photos by Angelika)

Here is a sneak peak of what’s to come over the next few weeks as I go through my safari photos, it’s my first processed zebra photograph from the trip.

I’m in the middle of going through all those thousands of shots I took last month while being out and about on my first safari ever. It was such an amazing adventure, seeing loads of wild animals in their natural habitat, just a few meters away from me, that I’m eager to go again this year. Go figure ; )

During my stay at the reserve I not only saw the Big Five but also a huge variety of other fascinating safari wildlife. The Big Five being the lion, rhinoceros, buffalo, leopard and elephant, it seemed like no one really paid the zebras too much attention. Such beautiful animals, with their striking stripes, the punk like mane that sticks up straight into the air, their pointy ears and cute face.
Even before I went on this trip I envisioned to capture a cool black and white zebra photograph. So while taking my zebra shots I knew I wanted the final image to be black and white, focusing more on the zebra’s look, form and pattern than on the colour aspect. And seeing the raw files with their earthy, rather flat colours plus the brown & white fur of these zebras, rather than the black and white zebras I imagined, cemented my processing choice.

This particular image was taken on the afternoon game drive after I arrived at Aquila Private Game Reserve, which is only a two hour drive away from Cape Town and couldn’t be more different than the city.

So after a pleasant drive to the reserve I not only got lucky with seeing loads of wildlife during my stay, I was also very lucky in regards to the game drive itself. Arriving at the departure point where the game drives left, two out of the three 4x4s were already completely full with people eagerly waiting for the game drives to start. So getting into the last 4×4 waiting, it turned out I was the last to board as everyone else arrived super early to get a good spot. Well, it paid off for me because we were only eight passengers plus our very nice and knowledgeable driver. An absolutely perfect set up for taking loads of photos, having the freedom of moving from the right to the left and back again, depending on where the wildlife was – unfettered access, a photographers dream!

But for now I should head back to the sorting and editing part so I have more images to share with you shorty.

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