Kalahari Desert Star Trails

Kalahari Desert Star TrailsKalahari Desert Circular Star Trails, due to Earth’s rotation around the Southern Celestial Pole (a stacked image sequence started just before daybreak, and ended at first light of day).

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The Great Nebula in Carina (NGC 3372)

The Carinae Nebula
The Carina Nebula is the closest giant star-forming region to our Solar System, in the Carina–Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy (7 500 light years from Earth). It is situated in the Southern Hemisphere Constellation Carina (The Keel). The Carina Nebula (also called The Grand Nebula or Eta Carinae Nebula) is one of the largest Diffuse Nebulae in our skies, and contains at least two stars with a combined luminosity over five million times that of the Sun. The star Eta Carinae is at least a hundred times more massive than our star (the Sun), and is a candidate for a Supernova.

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The Waning Gibbous Moon

Waning Gibbous Moon
The Waning Gibbous Moon on 31 December 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa.

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Waxing Crescent Moon behind the clouds

Waxing Crescent Moon in the Clouds
The Waxing Crescent Moon on 16 December 2015, as seen from the Southern Hemisphere, South Africa.

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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

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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