Super Moon


The Full Moon (Super Moon) on 29 August 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa. Super Moon is when the Moon is at its closest point to Earth, due to the elliptical orbit that it follows.

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The Sculptor Galaxy (NGC 253)

The oldest light that I’ve captured thus far, from a Galaxy far, far away (situated 11.42 million light years from Earth).

The Sculptor Galaxy, also known as the Silver Coin or Silver Dollar Galaxy (NGC 253), is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation Sculptor. It is a Starburst galaxy, which means that it is undergoing a period of intense star formation (well it was 11.42 million years ago, as the light took that long to reach us).

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Eta Carinae (NGC 3372)

Eta Carinae – The Carina Nebula (NGC 3372) – 7 500 light years from earth. My first attempt at wide field, deep sky Astophotography..!Homepage | Photography Gallery | Facebook | Twitter | Brain Food

Power Shower

Mom giving the kids a dust bath demo (Kruger National Park, South Africa).

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Baby elephant calf taking a dust bath with mom.

Elephant calf taking a dust bath
A baby elephant calf taking a dust bath with mom (Kruger National Park, South Africa). 

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Wild Elephant Encounter at Kruger National Park


This is a small section from one of two wild elephant encounters that we had close to the Lower Sabie Rest Camp in Kruger National Park. The vegetation is very lush in late Summer, and we stopped when a huge Bull Elephant crossed the road a bit higher up. Only after stopping did we notice another part of the herd having a dust bath a bit closer to our right. I had a GoPro mounted on the Windscreen, and recorded the elephant sighting from this point on. At this stage more vehicles stopped behind us and as we couldn’t really go anywhere, it was best to stay put and hope for the best. The calves and young adolescent elephants took a great interest in the vehicle, and walked directly towards us and even mock charged to show us that we were on their turf. I kept the audio track to keep the video authentic, and it serves at a reminder that these rare encounters with wild animals can be both thrilling and a little scary at the same time. I only took a few photos, as it seemed more appropriate to be alert and monitor the situation.

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