Dawn with little darlings


In July 2006 I had the pleasure of visiting Kruger National Park with a small photo safari organized by Craig Berger, owner/Guide for OASIS AFRICA  http://www.oasisafrica.com/

Oasis Africa is an American company specializing in small tailored photographic tours (or safaris).

Craig, (owner and guide) spends most of his time leading tours throughout Africa each year.

I’ve never forgotten that trip. It was such an eye opener for me.

Craig led the tour personally and I was lucky enough to cash in on someone else’s cancellation to find myself going the very next month.

It was the perfect mix. A small group, the tour personally led by a professional photographer who visits Africa regularly providing photographic tours.

We did everything; braved the early morning night sky’s, went on a night excursion, stayed in traditional huts and lodges, ate heartily and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I was armed with 1 point and shoot camera, 1 DSLR camera body and 2 lenses; crazy eh…

but I did ok.

The trick to enjoying this type of photo expedition is to throw yourself into it wholeheartedly.

I did. Craig did a fantastic job of making sure we got to see everything we could while also ensuring we remained safe, remember its actually a wildlife preserve and the gates and high fences around the compounds are not to keep us in, but rather to keep the wildlife out!

This photo was taken with my Canon 20D with a 100/400mm lens at a focal length of 300mm.

We were in the truck at this time (each guest has their own window to photograph through) and I had my lens resting on a little bean bag that Craig had loaned me.

Zebras are best known for their distinctive black and white stripes.

Their stripes come in different patterns unique to each individual.

The stripes are typically vertical on the head, neck, forequarters, and main body, with horizontal stripes at the rear and on the legs of the animal.

The “zebra crossing” is named after the zebra’s black and white stripes.

It was previously believed that zebras were white animals with black stripes, since some zebras have white underbellies. Embryological evidence, however, shows that the animal’s background color is black and the white stripes and bellies are additions

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