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By ColleenA
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

Tags: Crocodile Wildlife and nature

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17 Mar 2014 8:39AM
Quite an experience!
Love the picture today.
Two for the price of one.

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Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 8:43AM
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

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
17 Mar 2014 9:00AM
What a horrible experience for you all, Colleen, thank goodness no-one was hurt Sad A fabulous image of the croc with reflection. Carol
17 Mar 2014 9:03AM
Excellent Colleen, great reflection,
debu 8 India
17 Mar 2014 9:04AM
Great shot, very nicely captured.
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:07AM
Superb reflections Colleen. Your guardian angel was with you on your trip.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
senn Plus
6 5 1 Belgium
17 Mar 2014 9:09AM
excellent pose, .. impressive take
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:27AM
The snake sounded huge 'The one that got away' this time just as well!
A very could reflection shot.
17 Mar 2014 9:40AM
Superb capture, love the reflections!

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 9:51AM
Quite an experience Colleen. Two beautiful captures Image one being the preferred variant.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 10:04AM
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.
17 Mar 2014 10:30AM
Two stunning images Colleen. Perfectly captured. As far as the Black mamba is concerned -thats living life in the fast lane, phew TongueTongue

17 Mar 2014 11:00AM
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

ColleenA Plus
5 351 5 Australia
17 Mar 2014 11:14AM

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

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 Plus
7 41 112 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 11:14AM
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 10 17 2 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 11:14AM
Great capture and good reflection, to close for meGrin V1 for me

17 Mar 2014 11:24AM
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.
Bantu 4 7 1 India
17 Mar 2014 12:26PM
Beautiful closeup,lovely light.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
17 Mar 2014 12:42PM
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
Love today's image, not so sure about your experience though. Keep safe.

Mary Grin
8 10 10 England
17 Mar 2014 1:26PM
Two excellent croc shots but as for the mamba experience!! Don't think my nerves could stand that!!!!!!
17 Mar 2014 1:27PM
Hope you were well away from it. Great shot though.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Mar 2014 1:44PM
Good sighting, a sharp reflection!
it must have been a canon he did not like it a super shot

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 149 16 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 3:25PM
Wow!!! some experience Colleen, great capture of the croc and the reflectionSmile

17 Mar 2014 3:27PM
Excellent Colleen wonderful reflections here, I love these and interesting write up too , your trip sounds so exciting Grin
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 4:21PM
Good shots Colleen.
And a scary experience for you too I would imagine !!
17 Mar 2014 4:24PM
To Quote you colleen. "WOW, WOW,WOW" excellent work

17 Mar 2014 5:42PM
Superb captures, Colleen! Great details and reflections!
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
17 Mar 2014 5:58PM
Great pictures Colleen, love V2. How's the heart-rate? calmed down yet SmileSmile
Camera in your bag tut-tutSad.

17 Mar 2014 6:07PM
Great wildlife images, great reflections
17 Mar 2014 6:17PM
Just as well the guide didn't fall off, Mambas are not to be fooled with.
P.S. I hate, absolutely hate, crocodiles.

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
17 Mar 2014 7:37PM
A great capture of the crocodile and I am so glad that I do not have to experience what you did. A bit frightening

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 8:04PM
Great image, wow Colleen you do live dangerously, my heart is still thumping, I hate snakes,

Ali GrinGrin
17 Mar 2014 8:14PM

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

Great images

Mike_Smith Plus
10 460 1 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 8:58PM
Wow cracking pictures, superb reflection. Wish i was there i would love it
17 Mar 2014 9:39PM
Great shot Colleen. Wow amazing about the snake. I would not like that at all! Cathy
AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
17 Mar 2014 11:05PM
2 super shots. I agree with all the other comments about the snake, just as well you had an experienced tracker with you!

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

Lynette Grin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 6:21AM
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...
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 6:36AM
6 3 8 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 5:59PM
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
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2014 6:58PM
Beautiful, the animal and the images.
18 Mar 2014 8:16PM
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 4 1 Romania
21 Mar 2014 4:12PM
Maybe 2 crocodiles that look one to each other... and 2 worlds ( real/virtual)...
Nice set
viscostatic 11 35 5 United Kingdom
21 Mar 2014 5:30PM
A beautiful image Colleen but I wish I hadn't read about the mamba - I have a dread of snakes.

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
23 Mar 2014 8:37PM
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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