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Good morning all...
Thank you for the great response to yesterdays sunrise....glad the ladies liked the Ranger's behindGrinGrin

A huge thank you to Kathryn (kathrynlouise) for her UA for my lioness/cub upload from Wednesday

Something different today....a behind the scenes look at how the Tracker and Ranger look for animals. Everyday when you leave on a game drive, you have two options....drive endlessly in the hope you find something on the dirt tracks or you track them. Our tracker is one of the best trackers around, he sits on the front of the vehicle continually looking for signs of animal prints in the sand. Once he has picked up fresh tracks, We then can spend as much as two hours tracking the leopard/lion/cheetah until we find them. Mostly we have to go off track through thick bush trying to look for them and then we dont always get the opportunity for good photographs as the animals stay hidden or walk off into thicker bush. Sometimes the lion are sleeping and and dont get up. We do not harass the animals at all. The ranger does not drive into their space but they are know to come into ours if they feel relaxed with us.

Todays image is one of the Ranger and tracker looking at the tracks trying to figure out if the animals turned left or right into the bush. I loved the soft morning light... I will upload versions of our Ranger Garteth in the bush with his rifle looking for the lions, the tracker Loderick walking alone in the bush ...fearless... and then some images of us off track looking for the lions and lastly we found the lions but bad photo opportunity after 2 hours
TGIF

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Date Taken:18 Aug 2013 - 6:49 AM
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Title:The art of tracking
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:13 Sep 2013 - 6:36 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 6:40 AM

Two interesting images, Colleen, together with an excellent explanation. The guy in V2 reminds me very much of Prince Edward Smile Carol

S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 6:42 AM

Super images first one is the best.

Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
13 Sep 2013 - 6:50 AM

Good morning Colleen !! I like the feel of your photos - really miss it so much !! Did you wake the two lions up and so they looked for another place to sleep undisturbed Smile

Caziwinkles
13 Sep 2013 - 7:18 AM

Very interesting images and write up Colleen. Smile

Carol

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:20 AM

Your description is straight out of King Solomon's Mines.
I'm going to look at your other pictures of the Ranger's trousers now.
However, V1 gives a good idea of the track in that area and good light, too.

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:20 AM

Another great set of images Colleen, great introSmile


Cliff

kathrynlouise
13 Sep 2013 - 7:27 AM

Great set of images Colleen and nice interesting read to accompany them GrinGrin

Kathryn

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:43 AM

What a fabulous documentary set. I love versions 5 & 6. V5 is the 'find the lions' puzzle and demonstrates just how well camouflaged they are, V6 shows how they just don't perform to order, and why on earth should they? I am dull of admiration for your trackers' skills.

jdinne
jdinne  11 England
13 Sep 2013 - 7:52 AM

Great set of informative images Colleen and a great narrative.

John

ugly
ugly e2 Member 6ugly vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:53 AM

A great set of images.
I hope I can do as well as you..

Dave

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:53 AM

What a superb set of images from 'behind the scenes' as it were, giving a taste of what goes into the business of tracking wild animals, and finally the successful outcome.
Each shot is carefully taken and of interest in itself, but it is the set that commands praise.
And what a wonderful experience to have been a part of, one that I can only imagine in my dreams.
Ronnie.

canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 4canonfan vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 - 7:54 AM

A superb set of images Colleen. Well done
Jim

User_Removed
13 Sep 2013 - 8:01 AM

Very interesting captures, excellent.

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1912 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 8:03 AM

Great images, fascinating insight from your writeup and images.
Nigel

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
13 Sep 2013 - 8:08 AM

Interesting set Colleen,
Fred.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41119 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 8:17 AM

A day in the life of.... Grin What a wonderful experience and very well recorded, Colleen.

Dave

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4269 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
13 Sep 2013 - 8:19 AM

Wonderful Colleen, V2 looks like Prince William with more hair. V7 is what we saw when we woke up in the morning in Kinga, a lonely beach in the centre north of Mozambique. Our "guard, armed with a spear only" told us not to worry "lion doesn't eat where he sleeps". (You could ask your tracker if this is true, too late now to worry though".
The images are fantastic as they give us an idea of what goes on behind the scenes.
Harriet

CDSINUK
CDSINUK  2223 forum posts England
13 Sep 2013 - 9:12 AM

really nice images Colleen, such gorgeous light over there, feels like i'm there too, great images Smile

johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 8johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 9:18 AM

On the trail a interesting set of images well done Colleen.Smile
Regards John.

digital_boi
13 Sep 2013 - 11:10 AM

one day I must do this fine set Colleen

Graham GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Have a good weekend

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 11:23 AM

Wonderful to get all the background information - when we see these amazing images, I guess
many of don't stop to think how they came about.
The trackers are very brave indeed ( are there many fatalities?).
I love V3 just as a lovely harmonious image.
KateGrinGrinGrin

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 11:43 AM

A great set here Colleen, showing what it is all about
and more important...how it should be and experienced
Love the collection but them chilled out for me
Lillian

morpheus1955
13 Sep 2013 - 12:10 PM

Superb set of image Colleen

Hugh

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 12:14 PM

What an interesting life you lead, Colleen!
A excellent and informative set of images.

Richard

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
13 Sep 2013 - 12:14 PM

[quote]What a superb set of images from 'behind the scenes' as it were, giving a taste of what goes into the business of tracking wild animals, and finally the successful outcome.
Each shot is carefully taken and of interest in itself, but it is the set that commands praise.
And what a wonderful experience to have been a part of, one that I can only imagine in my dreams.
Ronnie.[/quote

perfectly expressed by Ronnie Grin .... Amazing set Colleen GrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

AlexAppleby
13 Sep 2013 - 1:10 PM

Great shots Colleen, but are you going to tell us which one of them is the owner of the rather nice bum from yesterday's V5?

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 1:25 PM

Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 2:05 PM

This is a wonderful and fascinating set of images Colleen. Lucky you to be on this trip and safari.

Peter

AlexAppleby
13 Sep 2013 - 2:43 PM


Quote: Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger

Thanks for that 'behind' the scenes information Colleen. Unfortunately I'm going to have to stand by my comment of yesterday and say the bum shot is the better angle!! Still it's always nice to put a face to the backside!

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 2:54 PM

Something different here Colleen with the animals being tracked !!
Good set.
Mick.

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 - 3:11 PM

Great set Colleen and love the write up. Cathy

xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 3:46 PM

Wonderful set.. beautiful light and colour. It looked that the 4 legged ones had been tracked down...

moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
13 Sep 2013 - 3:50 PM

Interesting narrative and set of shots Colleen. Your ranger in V2 can come tracking me anytime TongueBlush.
Guess tha animals were not in the mood for visitors that day. You are right too, the early morning light is beautiful.
Moira

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 - 4:30 PM

Interesting images Colleen.

Jenny Smile

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 4williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 4:43 PM

all super images very well done.


billy

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 4:50 PM

Beautiful and interesting images, Colleen!
George

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 5:27 PM

Interesting shots & its V6 for me.
Ju

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
13 Sep 2013 - 5:34 PM

Great shots and love the info Colleen, keep them comingSmileSmileSmile
Brian

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 5:48 PM


Quote: Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger

I don't suppose he'll be a Lone Ranger for long.

capto
capto e2 Member 21475 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 6:34 PM

A fascinating story.Smile

ivor

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:17 PM


Quote: Yes Alex...It's Gareth , The Ranger in V 2 , a real delight to look at and an extremely nice young man, besides being a great Ranger

Really?....... The shot yesterday didnt do him justice, get him to reposeWinkGrinGrin
Diane

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:31 PM

Interesting shots and write up.

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7210 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:31 PM

Cracking set of pictures Colleen, it shows how pictures can tell a story. Your ranger does carry a rifle, i suppose he will need to out there with all the wild animals. When i was a child i can still remember now all i wanted to do was go to Africa on safari, i had all the books with the wildlife in them etc, i still have a few now

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 7:51 PM

Beautiful images Colleen,

Ali SmileSmile

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2214 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 8:10 PM

A great and interesting set ColleenSmile
NettaSmile

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
13 Sep 2013 - 10:20 PM

This is so exciting Colleen! I loved the narrative and the last picture is so cool!
M

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
14 Sep 2013 - 1:50 AM

Some lovely captures on this safari. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.

ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
14 Sep 2013 - 8:42 AM

Very interesting set,Colleen!Smile
I've never been at safariSad
Regards Valery

annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2013 - 9:34 PM

a very interesting report! I have seen aboriginals do it, but never sitting on the bonnet of a toyota!
and v1 is well framed by these beautiful trees.

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