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Good day.....
Just back from a great morning game drive....
Thank you so much to all for your c & c's on my mono lioness. Also to George Platis, Lynette (Lynniesefforts) and Marktc for their UA's much appreciated.
We came across this crocodile sunning himself on the other side of a big waterhole....V2 the bigger picture
Also yesterday on our way back to the lodge, we saw what looked like a branch lying right across the track...as thick as a mans arm...as we were a few metres away our Tracker sitting on the front of the vehicle shouted Stop!!!!! Our Ranger was still skidding to a stop when it reared up as high as a metre and a half...a lethal Black mamba....his head the size of a saucer....well at the same time as our Tracker threw himself sideways over the bonnet our ranger slapped the vehicle into reverse....how we missed the strike I have no idea.....it then slithered off into the bush....we estimate it to be 2.5m in length....a close shave with death....sadly my camera was in my bag....
Have a nice dayGrin

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Uploaded:17 Mar 2014 - 8:32 AM
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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 8:39 AM

Quite an experience!
Love the picture today.
Two for the price of one.

Caziwinkles
17 Mar 2014 - 8:43 AM

Super reflection. These creatures always amaze me as when they dry off out of the water they look as though they are turned to stone - and usually have their mouths open!
Bet that was very scary with the snake - ugh - keep safe! Smile

Carol

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:00 AM

What a horrible experience for you all, Colleen, thank goodness no-one was hurt Sad A fabulous image of the croc with reflection. Carol

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
17 Mar 2014 - 9:03 AM

Excellent Colleen, great reflection,
Fred.

debu
debu  4 India
17 Mar 2014 - 9:04 AM

Great shot, very nicely captured.
debu

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:07 AM

Superb reflections Colleen. Your guardian angel was with you on your trip.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

senn
senn e2 Member 3senn vcard Belgium1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:09 AM

excellent pose, .. impressive take

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 439 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:27 AM

The snake sounded huge 'The one that got away' this time just as well!
A very could reflection shot.
Carole

Danny1970
Danny1970 e2 Member 148 forum postsDanny1970 vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 9:40 AM

Superb capture, love the reflections!

DannySmile

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:51 AM

Quite an experience Colleen. Two beautiful captures Image one being the preferred variant.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

AnnJ
AnnJ  3 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 - 10:04 AM

Great shot of the croc, but I don't like getting close to either it or a Black Mamba! I have never seen one as big as the one you described, nor do i want to....they are deadly!! You must have all felt very shaken by the experience. Ann.

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 10:30 AM

Two stunning images Colleen. Perfectly captured. As far as the Black mamba is concerned -thats living life in the fast lane, phew TongueTongue

Fred

digital_boi
17 Mar 2014 - 11:00 AM

good reflections and he has one eye firmly on you by the looks of it you will treat branch looking object with a little more care in future mefinks

Graham

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:14 AM


Quote: Good reflections and he has one eye firmly on you by the looks of it you will treat branch looking object with a little more care in future mefinks
Graham

You're not kidding Graham, I am very wary now, even look up into the thatch at the lodge and everything on the pathway where I walk....scary living in the bush at this time of the year, even the spiders are bigger

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:14 AM

Merciful heavens Colleen - will you not be glad to get home
after mud and Mambas?
I'll bet you had a few gin and tonics that night!
Great images of the croc but your story will be with me all day.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

Bravdo
Bravdo  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:14 AM

Great capture and good reflection, to close for meGrin V1 for me

Barry

brandish
brandish e2 Member 1brandish vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 11:24 AM

4 for the price of 1,very nice Colleen,ugly brutes,came across them frequently in Borneo and Kenya but could never really warm to them.
Martyn.

781969
781969  1 India
17 Mar 2014 - 12:26 PM

Beautiful closeup,lovely light.

TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 12:42 PM

Blimey, Colleen, you do sound to be living dangerously! Sad Two great shots of Mr Croc here, he seems to be pondering whether or not you're worth having for lunch! Wink
Trev Smile

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 6marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 1:02 PM

Love today's image, not so sure about your experience though. Keep safe.

Mary Grin

EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 1:26 PM

Two excellent croc shots but as for the mamba experience!! Don't think my nerves could stand that!!!!!!
Joan.

Drighlynne
Drighlynne e2 Member 349 forum postsDrighlynne vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 1:27 PM

Hope you were well away from it. Great shot though.

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 1:44 PM

Good sighting, a sharp reflection!

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 2:02 PM

it must have been a canon he did not like it a super shot


billy

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 3:25 PM

Wow!!! some experience Colleen, great capture of the croc and the reflectionSmile


Cliff

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 3:27 PM

Excellent Colleen wonderful reflections here, I love these and interesting write up too , your trip sounds so exciting Grin

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 4:21 PM

Good shots Colleen.
And a scary experience for you too I would imagine !!
Mick.

anglingandyq
anglingandyq e2 Member 1anglingandyq vcard England
17 Mar 2014 - 4:24 PM

To Quote you colleen. "WOW, WOW,WOW" excellent work

Andy

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 5:42 PM

Superb captures, Colleen! Great details and reflections!
George

mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 5:58 PM

Great pictures Colleen, love V2. How's the heart-rate? calmed down yet SmileSmile
Camera in your bag tut-tutSad.

Dave.

brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 6:07 PM

Great wildlife images, great reflections

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4271 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
17 Mar 2014 - 6:17 PM

Just as well the guide didn't fall off, Mambas are not to be fooled with.
P.S. I hate, absolutely hate, crocodiles.

Maureen

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
17 Mar 2014 - 7:37 PM

A great capture of the crocodile and I am so glad that I do not have to experience what you did. A bit frightening

Peter

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 8:04 PM

Great image, wow Colleen you do live dangerously, my heart is still thumping, I hate snakes,

Ali GrinGrin

Stephen_B
Stephen_B e2 Member 8Stephen_B vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 8:14 PM

Colleen

Is it not time to try a few peaceful still life images rather than all this dangerous wildlife stuff LOL

Great images

Steve

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7212 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 8:58 PM

Wow cracking pictures, superb reflection. Wish i was there i would love it

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 - 9:39 PM

Great shot Colleen. Wow amazing about the snake. I would not like that at all! Cathy

AnneB50
AnneB50 e2 Member 2114 forum postsAnneB50 vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:05 PM

2 super shots. I agree with all the other comments about the snake, just as well you had an experienced tracker with you!

Anne

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
18 Mar 2014 - 2:41 AM

Wow Colleen, you sure live the life!!! Two fantastic images today, love the reflections.

Lynette Grin

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 - 6:21 AM

Amazing capture of the big croc! The reflection was so good I thought at first it was two!!! Grin
Brave lady to come face to face with a Black Mamba... They are rather vicious and full of venom I hear...
In South America I came across some very large anacondas in the amazon but I think your snakes are more dangerous...
Thank goodness nobody got hurt...
IB

andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2014 - 6:36 AM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2014 - 5:59 PM

Another great wildlife imageGrin. I hope you go back and look for the snake again, there isn't many Black Mamba snakes on epz!WinkTongue
Ryan

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2014 - 6:58 PM

Beautiful, the animal and the images.

AlexAppleby
18 Mar 2014 - 8:16 PM

Lovely reflection - two for the price of one!!! Glad you didn't get bitten by the snake, don't want you to suddenly go offline!!

gss
gss  1 Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2014 - 4:12 PM

Maybe 2 crocodiles that look one to each other... and 2 worlds ( real/virtual)...
Nice set
Silviu

viscostatic
21 Mar 2014 - 5:30 PM

A beautiful image Colleen but I wish I hadn't read about the mamba - I have a dread of snakes.

Phil.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8247 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2014 - 8:37 PM

Two cracking versions Colleen, those reflections are sublime. Your daring escapades make Simon Fletcher's tall tales appear quite tame!Grin

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