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Lions, Leopards and other Wild Longings
“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”— Lorraine Anderson
Having spent my childhood in South Africa, I began an early love affair with the wilderness. Some of my most vivid memories are of lying awake at night listening to the roar of lions accompanied by a string quartet of cicadas, imagining the secret nighttime rituals happening outside in the dark.
While I grew up in Johannesburg, during our summer holidays my family would pack up our rusty old landrover and head somewhere wild–Kruger Park, Lapalala, Swaziland, Zimbabwe–and no matter how long we stayed, I never tired of seeing wildlife. I loved knowing that wildlife existed independently of our human world and had its own mysterious rhythms and complex relationships.[su_spacer]
Although I left South Africa many years ago, I have found myself drawn back to Africa over and over again as a photographer. This January, I found myself in Kenya for various projects including photographing an elephant conservation project for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and spent time in the Masai Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks. I again found myself mesmerized by everything about the experience–the low rumbling elephants make to communicate with each other over many miles, the tall flat acacia trees silhouetted against the sunset, the high-pitched sound of zebras braying, the extraordinary site of a leopard lazing in a tree after a meal. I tried to capture as much of the wonder of it as I could….to share with others and to last me till my next visit. Below are some of my favorite moments.[su_spacer]
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