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

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Mom giving the kids a dust bath demo (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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Blow flies on a Stapelia grandiflora flower

Blow flies on a Stapelia grandiflora flower

My 1st macro photo with over 500 000 views on Flickr: “Blow flies pollinating a Stapelia grandiflora flower” from Calitzdorp in the Little Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa.

The flies are being tricked by the flower, and their maggot eggs won’t survive as the flower will die soon (and the flower is not really a suitable host or food for the maggots).