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Good morning.....
Thanks for your great response to my Lioness and her cubs yesterday.
A special thanks to Jenny and Ayoob for awarding me their UA's. It makes the 40 hours i spent capturing these wildlife images all worthwhile.
Today I thought i would give you a break from animals and share a beautiful sunrise. We always leave the lodge while its still dark so that we can get to a clear vantage point for sunrise shots. We had only been out 10 minutes or so when our Ranger stopped and said we had a flat tyre. It was the second one of the trip. In winter the thorns from the Thorn trees are deadly as they are dried out and hard like nails. They are as long as a finger as well. We had been off road the night before and must have picked up the thorn. thank goodness this happened in the early morning and not late at night with all those eyes watching us. Yes you have to get out of the vehicle while he changes the tyre. this is not for the faint hearted as its still dark and there are wild animals around. Anyway the sun started rising and this is the image I captured while standing shivering from cold and fear.
I will upload some pics of the thorns and the Ranger changing the flat tyre just for interest sakeGrinGrin
Have a nice day

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Aug 2013 - 6:23 AM
Focal Length:140mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/6.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
ISO:140
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Dawn silhouette
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:12 Sep 2013 - 6:06 AM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Sunrise
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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:09 AM

We believe you Colleen.

I really like this picture.
Everything about it appeals - even the Ochre frame picks up the great light in the shot.

RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:19 AM

That's a fab sunrise shot through the trees which make an interesting f/g pattern.
And your narrative sounds quite scary.
I can imagine how easy it must be to collect a puncture with thorns that size.
And I am always amazed at how giraffes manage to curl their tongues around thorn branches and pull off leaves yet not damage themselves on the thorns.]
I ramble on as usual....sorry.
Ronnie.

iosatel
iosatel  1 Belgium
12 Sep 2013 - 6:26 AM

Beautiful silhouettes, great tone and sky!

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:26 AM

A glorious sunrise, Colleen, and perfectly captured. I wouldn't like to have to change a tyre under those circumstances, it must take nerves of steel Sad Carol

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:28 AM

I must say Carol he was very quick, he has his guests safety to worry about, we did have the Tracker looking out for animals though...he would get a job as Formula 1 pit crew any day

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:37 AM

Glad I've got a bus pass. Beautiful image.

User_Removed
12 Sep 2013 - 6:49 AM

A beautiful capture.

S_Psharma
S_Psharma e2 Member 2S_Psharma vcard India1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 6:55 AM

Beautiful set of images 1 is the best inthis series.

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2539 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:09 AM

Beautiful sunrise ,those thorns look pretty evil, great work Colleen,

Ali

Caziwinkles
12 Sep 2013 - 7:19 AM


Quote: A glorious sunrise, Colleen, and perfectly captured. I wouldn't like to have to change a tyre under those circumstances, it must take nerves of steel Sad Carol

Golly he would have to be quick! Tongue

Carol

barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:31 AM

A great start to the day....
Surprised you were frightened tho'
I think it would be great hearing the noises of the local animals
We have all become soft living in towns....

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:39 AM

Whilst your image of the beautiful sunset is so very beautiful, I am rather intrigued as to the Thorn Trees. We came across these rather nasty buggers whilst working in J=Kenya. The certainly don't take any prisoners that's for sure.

Another great set Colleen, keep them coming...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
12 Sep 2013 - 7:42 AM

Some good captures with V1 standing out. Magic sunrise Colleen.
WesternRed.

helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:53 AM

Wonderful silhouettes and sunrise SmileSmile
Helen

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:54 AM

Great sunrise image Colleen, wow!!! them thorn are lethal, great capturesSmile


Cliff

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1925 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:55 AM

Great images, I like V2 best.
Nigel

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Sep 2013 - 8:03 AM

V1 my favourite in this fine set Colleen,
Fred.

canonfan
canonfan e2 Member 4canonfan vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 8:16 AM

Fantastic set of images Colleen. Love the sky and silhouette in V1
Jim

Hermanus
Hermanus e2 Member 2Hermanus vcard South Africa
12 Sep 2013 - 8:22 AM

Good morning Colleen, from a freezing Swellendam !! Clear skies and sunny but cold !! V1 is stunning - and yes, I know the feeling of feeling vulnerable in the bush Smile Great images Smile

CDSINUK
CDSINUK e2 Member 2223 forum postsCDSINUK vcard England
12 Sep 2013 - 8:23 AM

Love this one Colleen, its right up my street lovely colour and mood created here, Smile

bobsblues
bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:38 AM

Stunning sunrise Colleen and the size of them thorns WoW, good shots.
Rob

CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 441 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:43 AM

That's what makes tripslike that so memorable - Nick and I have had numerous memorable holidays when things have got just a little 'hairy' , just wish we had been able to record some of them!

Jenny-D
Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 8:52 AM

A very beautiful sunrise Colleen, I don't like the look of those thorns though.

Jenny Smile

NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3261 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:02 AM

Nice bum and great legs................and I do like the Sunset..............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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

Hi Colleen love the light in V1.
Regards John.

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:15 AM

What a beautiful sunrise, Colleen!
Look forward to the tyre change sequence!

Richard

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41123 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:17 AM

You do tell a good story, Colleen, and illustrate it beautifully. The sunset would be worth a slot on its own though. I'll say nothing about the rear view GrinGrin

Dave

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:26 AM


Quote: You do tell a good story, Colleen, and illustrate it beautifully. The sunset would be worth a slot on its own though. I'll say nothing about the rear view GrinGrin

Dave

Me too.
Ju

Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 9:30 AM

Absolutely love V1, V5 is not bad either Blush

Tish

digital_boi
12 Sep 2013 - 9:56 AM

V1 and 2 for me today Colleen sunrise is splendid with good composition v2 sharp image and V5 the night has a thousand eyes springs to mind

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 8morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 10:23 AM

Lovely sun rise Colleen, and wow those thorns do look lethal

Hugh

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 10:28 AM

A gorgeous sunrise Colleen with those silhouetted trees and thorns!
It is good to get an insight into a safari trip as I think we visualise a rosy picture.
I'd never thought about changing tyres in those circumstances,
so now we can appreciate even more yours and other photographers images taken in a natural habitat.
KateGrinGrinGrin

williamsloan
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12 Sep 2013 - 11:56 AM

fantastic images.

billy

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 12:38 PM

Appropriate Colleen, we had a puncture in the African bush whilst chasing Painted Wolves hunting. We lost them in the descending dusk and had to change the tyre, for us a bigger adventure, as it was flat !!!!! spent some time marooned in the bush till help arrived ( listened to Lions roaring, Hyena's whooping, Elephants trumpeting, it was fantastic !! along with a glass of wine) Africa.............
Ron

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
12 Sep 2013 - 12:40 PM


Quote: Nice bum and great legs................and I do like the Sunset..............GrinGrinGrinGrin

I wasn't game to say it, but seeing as Julia was... I agree with her GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

kazza12
kazza12 e2 Member 2kazza12 vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 1:48 PM

great sets, v1 is stunning love the colour you captured SmileSmile

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 2:03 PM

I'm not an expert on African wildlife (or other chaps' bottoms for that matter) but I've just spent a little time looking through your portfolio, Colleen, and I'm still no wiser.
Well worth the re-visit though - fabulous stuff.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 2:57 PM

They look prickly customers indeed Colleen.
And what a brave girl you are to take a pic of the Rangers bottom !!
Good set.
Mick.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 3:03 PM

Yeah Mick, luckily he had his back to me, he is rather cute from the front as wellGrinGrin

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

Fantastic sunrise Colleen. Cathy

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:21 PM

Lovely image.

leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
12 Sep 2013 - 4:22 PM

Fascinating sunrise Colleen!!
Effrossini

TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9200 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 4:24 PM

Outstanding image! Those thorn bushes look really dangerous. Smile

Ty

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 9ChristineD vcard England
12 Sep 2013 - 4:35 PM

Fantastic sunrise, great set of images

Mike_Smith
Mike_Smith e2 Member 7213 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:03 PM

Beautiful sunrise Colleen, i dont think i would have liked to be stood there in the dark unless i had a rifle, does the ranger carry one? boy them are real bad thorns

Last Modified By Mike_Smith at 12 Sep 2013 - 5:04 PM
ValeryAst
ValeryAst e2 Member 2ValeryAst vcard Russian Federation
12 Sep 2013 - 5:05 PM

A great set! And I want to confess that I really like the quality of the images!Smile
Thank you very much for your advice, Colleen!Smile
Regards Valery

LuDa
LuDa e2 Member 1LuDa vcard United States
12 Sep 2013 - 5:27 PM

Hi Colleen, Gorgeous sunriseSmileSmileSmileSmile
Regards,
LuDa

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2215 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 5:29 PM

A lovely image with great silhouette and I also like the other three ,verry interesting.
NettaSmile

LynneJoyce
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12 Sep 2013 - 5:48 PM

V1 is delightful, V's 2-5 scary. Those thorns look lethal and the idea if changing a tyre with lions about is terrifying.

We got a flat tyre in France this morning on the way back to the tunnel, tyre ruined. Fortunately we were near a garage and the absolutely charming staff there rescued us in time for is to get to our crossing on time.

RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 8149 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 6:42 PM

V1's an absolute cracker.

Richard

jdinne
jdinne  11 England
12 Sep 2013 - 6:43 PM

The sunrise is brilliant Colleen, superb colour and excellent silhouette and I like your composition. Of the rest V4 is wonderful and V5 GrinGrinGrin

John

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
12 Sep 2013 - 7:41 PM

v5 makes me smile and the sky in v1 is a cracker

Peter

Franko59
Franko59 e2 Member 3Franko59 vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 7:52 PM

Great set of images and that sun rise is awesome!!,,,, Ian

Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
12 Sep 2013 - 7:57 PM

Oh! You are my heroine, Colleen!!!!
Absolutely lovely your sunrise shot.
How interesting I took several shot of spines yesterday, of course at a nursery in the middle of a city of 6 million...No way to compare the experience! Wink

Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:04 PM


Quote: You do tell a good story, Colleen, and illustrate it beautifully. The sunset would be worth a slot on its own though. I'll say nothing about the rear view GrinGrin

Dave

I will.......
Sights you see when you aint got your gunTongueTongueWink
Diane

myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 8:32 PM

Beautiful sun rise Colleen, scary thorns.

Myra

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 3421 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Sep 2013 - 8:37 PM


Quote: Nice bum and great legs................and I do like the Sunset..............GrinGrinGrinGrin

I wasn't game to say it, but seeing as Julia was... I agree with her GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Lynette GrinGrin

Agreement from me too TongueTongue

Kathryn

AlexAppleby
AlexAppleby e2 Member 1AlexAppleby vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 8:37 PM

There are times when you are on safari in Africa that seeing a bum pointing at you is just frustrating. However I think in these circumstances the bum shot is probably a lot better than the view from the other side? I can hardly call you brave in these circumstances, cheeky, but that's as far as it goes!!!!

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
12 Sep 2013 - 8:54 PM

V1 is fantastic Colleen, glad you got back ok.
Brian

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
12 Sep 2013 - 10:05 PM

Very beautiful, and very scary ! GrinSmileGrinSad ---- Jukka.Smile

CHRISB911
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13 Sep 2013 - 2:01 PM

love it colleen

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Sep 2013 - 2:08 PM

Great images and some really nasty looking thorns.

Peter

Sreidser08
Sreidser08 e2 Member 1Sreidser08 vcard United Kingdom
3 Oct 2013 - 7:30 PM

soo beautiful! WOWGrin

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