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Heading image. Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer. African birds and animals. Gorilla, giraffe, warthog, lion, cheetah, kingfisher
Ground Hornbill. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer
AFRICA 2010
Angry teenage elephant. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer
Southern Masked Weaver. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer
Giraffes. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

Following the 2010 workshop, at Makalali Private Game Reserve, Steve Morvell and I toured Kruger National Park. These are a handful of the 15000 photographs taken along the way.

We stayed in park accommodation and traveled in a hire car (Not 4X4). The images were either taken during walks around the various fenced Kruger camps where we stayed or from a vehicle. The diversity of wild creatures and the environment in which they live presents an ever changing and exciting choice of subjects.

The millipedes with there flowing pattern of legs as they walk. Young elephants trying to show there virility by making animated and vocal charges only to back away disappointed when we don’t move. The huge bulls that amble over to the car demanding respect and confident in their power and status. We are more wary of the females, as they will respond to any perceived threat to the young in their herds. The power and majesty of the environment on display; thunder storms, mountain ranges ,clouds, sunsets and rolling light shows.

Millipede. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

 Bull elephant dust bath. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

Red Orange Dragonfly. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

Lost lion cub. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

Kruger travel map. Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

Angry teenage elephant. Photograph by Stephen Powell wildlife Artist and Photographer

Please excuse these shots not being sharp. Photography was challenging! We were in the middle of a herd of elephants that had moved around the car. The mood of the herd and the individuals can be a little excited! In the image on the left you can see the edge of the car window. I was expecting the trunk to reach inside and grab my camera. I was driving so preparing to move was distracting me from photography. I was engaging reverse which for some reason was at the opposite end of the H pattern to what I am used to. Added to this the need to lift a latch to allow this to happen, also new to me. Now rapidly circulating in my brain were a combination of concern for how well our insurance covered elephant indents, where the %$@# is reverse, keep pointing the camera at the elephant so I don't miss the shots, where are the rest of the elephants, isn't this just fantastic, Oh great his friend is coming to help, .... Did I mention that I have a tremor? Nothing serious but not helpful for a wildlife artist - photographer . Oh by the way, this elephant was not thrilled by the noise our SLR's motor drives were making.  The moving dilemma was resolved by the fact that elephants were all around us so moving was out of the question.
For an animation of the ele antics: Animated gif (2.1meg)
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The black line on the map shows our travels in Kruger National Park.

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