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Good morning from a wet and windy Cape Town
Thank you for your amazing support for my Saddle bill stork yesterday...much appreciated.

The Sunrise above was taken on the morning after the huge bush fire in the Kruger National park. The morning air was thick with smoke and was quite difficult to breathe. As the sun came up it looked like a sunset as the sun was so filtered. The colours are true and have not been manipulated. I will upload a few sunsets as well from our trip. Every evening game drive we stop the vehicle in an open are and we get out for an evening sundowner. My choice is always a G+T, Rob, my husband has a glass of wine. The Tracker normlly keeps his eyes open for predators. 2 years ago he got talking to us during our morning coffee and muffin stop and none of us noticed a cheetah female had approached us. Rob turned to get back into the landcruiser and did not see the cheetah standing 4 metres from him, I screamed, my husband jumped in so quickly after that, she got a fright and ran away.

I am also going to upload some 'BEHIND' the scenes images to show you just how close these animals get to us and indeed how brave our Tracker is...he has nerves of steel. The image with the elephant in front of him actually lifted her trunk sniffed at his face and knocked his cap off his head.
Hope you enjoy and have a great day

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
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Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jun 2013 - 6:44 AM
Focal Length:150mm
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Title:African sunrise
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:25 Jun 2013 - 6:17 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 697 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 6:27 AM

Goodness me, I don't have the same problem with my garden birds, thankfully.....GrinGrinGrin

Another interesting and lovely set Colleen. You do live in a beautiful part of the World.

Andy

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  1 India1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 6:29 AM

Stunning images v1 and v11are yhe best.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 6:32 AM

A fascinating set of images, Colleen, bringing to life just how closeyou get to encounter these wonderful animals. Superb captures. Carol

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HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4261 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
25 Jun 2013 - 6:35 AM

The lovely African sky in its glory. Flying over from one side to another when it is the burning off season can be an experience, that is, in an old Super Constellation. My favourite shot, has to be the tracker calmy sitting watching the elephant, and of course the elephant looking at him. Nerves of steel? No nerves would be my guess.
Nice little sundowner outfit you have there.
Harriet

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anglingandyq
25 Jun 2013 - 6:53 AM

Excellent set Colleen i just love v1 great workSmileSmile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 7:04 AM

An excellent set of images of the African bush Colleen, I think v1 was a great choice as the lead.

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Caziwinkles
25 Jun 2013 - 7:05 AM

Amazing set of images Colleen - I for one, didn't fully appreciate just how close you get to these animals! I would need a lot more than a G & T to get me so near!! Wink

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 7:22 AM

Yes Carol, they come right up to the vehicle. I am petrified of the elephants as you have to sit so still. I had one big scare last year when a female elephant put its trunk in my camera bag.

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NaturesHaven
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:27 AM

Nice set...........picture 2 intrigues me.............a great experience to get so close to the big animals............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Pinnace
Pinnace  5 Wales
25 Jun 2013 - 7:29 AM

A cheetah that close and he jumped? You'd have had to shovel me off the floor! A super set and glimpse into another world.

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kuvailija
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:33 AM

Wonderful images all together! But for me V 1-3-5-6. They are so mysterious and exciting. Yes and the Moooon! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- And then i agree Caziwinkles about the closenes of the animals! Hui kamalaa!-as we Finns say. ---- Many thanks of your comments of my Flower-image , Colleen. Its Syysleimu in Finnish. The very best regards from Finland!GrinGrinGrin ----- Jukka.

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Badgerfred
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25 Jun 2013 - 7:59 AM

Super set of images Colleen, cannot pick a favourite, like them all,
Fred.

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parob
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25 Jun 2013 - 8:01 AM

Thank you for sharing a great set of images. Artistically, I very much like what you do with trees and sky. The African sky is particularly warm because of its exceptional tonal qualities. Your technical description makes it that more interesting. The animal shots are naturally quite impressive and do give a sense of closeness to the actual scene. Regards,
Paul

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 8:14 AM

Fabulous set of images, what an amazing experience it must be to see those animals so close up

Hugh

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sawsengee
sawsengee Junior Member 74 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 8:27 AM

beautiful series of african safari.....V1 strikes my attention because of the back lighting, colours & silhouette compo Smile

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johnlw
johnlw e2 Member 7johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 8:29 AM

Some cracking sunsets and nice other images. Love v1
Regards John.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 8:43 AM

A great series of images Colleen, some great sunrise images, V1 and V5 for me todaySmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile


Cliff

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25 Jun 2013 - 8:48 AM

An exceptional set of images Colleen!! I like them a lot!! V1 and V5 - outstanding!!

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Lynniesefforts
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25 Jun 2013 - 9:07 AM

Terrific set Colleen.. it has been wonderful seeing the Safari series..thank you for sharing GrinGrin

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25 Jun 2013 - 9:10 AM

Superb shot Carol and the incident with the Cheetah sounds a bit heart stopping.TongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue
Ron

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debu
debu  4 India
25 Jun 2013 - 9:54 AM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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AnnJ
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25 Jun 2013 - 10:00 AM

Some wonderful images, not to mention memories Colleen. How I miss my homeland when I see photos such as yours! I have so many memories of times spent in the bush, particularly at Kruger. Ann.

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digital_boi
25 Jun 2013 - 10:07 AM

some great captures here Colleen V1 is a winner for composition and beauty well done

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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kel55
kel55  2 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 10:12 AM

very nice shot colleen , beautifully done

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scrimmy
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25 Jun 2013 - 10:30 AM

beautiful sunrise and cracking set of pics

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Tish1
Tish1 e2 Member 1Tish1 vcard United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 - 11:11 AM

V1 has got to be the one, fantastic shots, many of which could definitely stand alone. I've just crawled out of bed, couldn't believe what time it was

Tish

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gwynn56
gwynn56  259 forum posts England
25 Jun 2013 - 11:24 AM

beautiful set of images , hope you bring that sun over here when you come Smile

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
25 Jun 2013 - 11:33 AM

A stunning set of images Colleen. How different color has the sunrise in your countrySmileSmile V1 is amazing
Effrossini

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WhiteRose1
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25 Jun 2013 - 11:41 AM

A wonderful documentary, Colleen, and v1 is a real beauty.

Dave

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brian17302
brian17302 e2 Member 2brian17302 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 11:53 AM

Great Safari Set of images
Really like V1 wonderful sunrise image,V2 for your liquid breakfast imageGrin
& your animal encounters from your 4x4 transport

Regards Brian

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 11:57 AM

So that's how it's done on Safari!
Thin I remember a speaker at Camera Club telling us about some people who complain if their drinks aren't chilled properly!!!!!
Anyway a great set of images which help us understand man's relationship with the animals.
I guess the tracker become blase' after doing it for so long.
Loving V1 today.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 12:05 PM

Wow Colleen - what a brilliant set of images - what I also love about this post is the behind the scene's, they hold just as much interest as the "perfect" shots. Love them.

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DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 12:20 PM

This is a real treat you have served us today, Colleen!
You get to see so many places with EPZ!!

Richard

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EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 12:37 PM

Every image deserves votes and praise Colleen and what an exciting life you lead!!!!!!!!! I love reading what you tell us.Smile
Joan.

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25 Jun 2013 - 2:02 PM

A well lit and interesting set here Colleen.
Good ones.
Mick.

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taggart
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25 Jun 2013 - 2:15 PM

A very fine collection, I especially enjoyed the behind the scenes images!

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25 Jun 2013 - 2:45 PM

A wonderful sunrise image (V1) and thanks for sharing the behind the scenes images and the info. Amazing!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

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25 Jun 2013 - 3:10 PM

A wonderful set of images, Colleen, and a wonderful story too - sounds an exciting experience! Wink
Trev Smile

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25 Jun 2013 - 4:33 PM

A superb set of images Colleen.
Regards, Alf.

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25 Jun 2013 - 4:54 PM

A wonderful series of images and a great tale to tell, think i'd have frozen to the spot.
V1 is my favourite, a stunning shot GrinGrinGrin

Kathryn

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Niknut
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25 Jun 2013 - 5:35 PM

Beautiful shot !!(V1)

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pollisher  1 Scotland
25 Jun 2013 - 5:39 PM

Wonderful images and write up. Smile

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25 Jun 2013 - 6:08 PM

wonderful set of captures colleen v1 my favourite that a beauty nice one Wink
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ltj22  5 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2013 - 7:24 PM

What a beautiful set Colleen....Len

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MandyG
MandyG  2 England
25 Jun 2013 - 7:52 PM

What I wouldn't give to wake up to that Colleen. We married in Zambia 10 years ago and I have such vivid memories of the colours and smells. I love looking at your images Smile

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ali63
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25 Jun 2013 - 8:49 PM

Stunning !!!!!!

Ali Grin

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Jenny-D
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25 Jun 2013 - 8:52 PM

Your images are amazing Colleen, and your write up very interesting, the Cheetah ordeal sounds scary though, would definitely need a G & T ( or two) after that Grin

Jenny Smile

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widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jun 2013 - 8:55 PM

Lovely set Colleen SmileSmileSmile

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25 Jun 2013 - 9:40 PM

A beautifully, stunning series, great work.

Den

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25 Jun 2013 - 9:49 PM

Colleen

Wonderful sunset image, and the other images provide a lovely photo story.

Steve

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25 Jun 2013 - 10:30 PM

Wow Colleen. They are amazing and love the write up. Cathy

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25 Jun 2013 - 11:00 PM

Great set of wonderful captures!
George

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26 Jun 2013 - 2:07 AM

Esto tiene todas las reglas de una fotografŪa perfecta..Felicitaciones..

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LuDa
LuDa  1 United States
26 Jun 2013 - 3:16 AM

Colleen , Lovely sunrise images, i really like it. I will be so afraid to be so close to this wildlife, but it will be great to have that opportunitySmileSmile Take care
LuDa

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Potra
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26 Jun 2013 - 7:18 PM

Colleen, all your pictures are a marvel of Nature, but this one is a poem of perfection. You are so lucky to be out in the wild seeing all there is to see. Thank you for sharing your sights and feels with us.
M

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annettep38
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28 Jun 2013 - 1:01 PM

I am drooling, what a wonderful series Smile

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9 Jul 2013 - 9:52 PM

What a great set ,definitely something I would like to do one day....love v1
jeremySmileSmile

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