Top 10 Reasons Why Safari Photos are Hard to Take

After our opera festival in Botswana, we took a three-day camping safari at Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And yet my photos just don’t seem to capture it.  Why not?  Here are my top 10 reasons:

10. The animals are usually walking away. (Was it something I said?)

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9. It’s impossible to get a photo that does justice to an African sunset… or an African sunrise. The orange-gold color is emblazoned forever in your mind, but not in your digital library.IMG_4588

 

 

 

 

 

8. Giraffes are the ultimate photo-bombers. (What you lookin’ at?)

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7. If the animals are sleeping or hiding, it’s more fun to take pictures of your friends goofing around inside an open-top vehicle. (It was a very windy day.)

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6. When a monkey jumps in your car and steals your food, you start yelling at him, and you almost forget to grab the camera.IMG_1408

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. It’s hard to believe that these beautiful wild animals are right there… almost close enough to touch…

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4. … but if you stop to blink, they’re gone.

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3. The night shot you take of a baby elephant crossing the road with his mother in the moonlight doesn’t come out at all.  So you have to use one from the daytime, which just isn’t as magical.

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2. As you drift off to sleep, you can hear lions roaring, hippos grunting, crickets chirping, and hyenas laughing outside your tent — but no photograph in the world can communicate how it feels to hear those sounds, so you just take a picture of the campfire instead.

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1. Then at last, after three days of waiting to see a lion, you suddenly catch this soulful expression from behind some tall grass… and you almost stop breathing!

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