Wilder Persons

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Rock Hyrax = Dassie. Closely related to the elephant according to its toes!

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A Vervet Thinker. Kruger National Park.

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Blesbok grazing in the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park

Blesbok grazing in the Postberg section of the West Coast National Park

This elephant was clearly curious if not perturbed by finding a mongoose in his playing field. He approached with ears flapping and truck making little curling circles on the ground.Perhaps they have been friends for a long time, but I surely wondered what they thought of each other in this momentary encounter. Photograph taken by Hannelie de Klerk at Addo Elephant National Park. ISO 400, f5.6, 1/1600, -0,67 exposure compensation, 14;31, july 2015 

This elephant was clearly curious, if not perturbed, by finding a Meerkat in his playing field. He approached with ears flapping and trunk making little curling circles on the ground. Perhaps they have been friends for a long time, but I surely wondered what they thought of each other in this momentary encounter. Photograph taken by Hannelie de Klerk at Addo Elephant National Park. ISO 400, f5.6, 1/1600, -0,67 exposure compensation, July 2015

King of the hill. A male lion looks down on cars and ample prey in the Addo Elephant National Park, 20 July 2015.

King of the hill. A male lion looks down on cars and ample prey in the Addo Elephant National Park, 20 July 2015. It took some intense work in Photoshop to optimise the colour and light in this photograph. Hannelie de Klerk

Pachyderm refers to thick skinned. Elephants are pachyderms and this enables them to survive in the thick thorny bush of the Addo Elephant National Park. 1/2000, f8, 500mm + 1,4 converter taken by Hannelie de Klerk.

Pachyderm refers to thick skinned. Elephants are pachyderms and this enables them to survive in the thick thorny bush of the Addo Elephant National Park. 1/2000, f8, 500mm + 1,4 converter taken by Hannelie de Klerk.

being nosey and thick skinned

As a clinical psychologist with psychodynamic training it fascinates me how intensely we can focus on one part of the other’s body to the exclusion of all else – photography then being the perfect vehicle for showing this elephant as being nosey and thick skinned. His attribute, my attention. Do we together create something new? Hannelie de Klerk

A Vervet Thinker. Kruger National Park.

A Vervet Thinker. Kruger National Park.

seen by an elephant

My favourite moment from this trip – being seen by an Addo elephant. I will treasure it.             https://hanneliedeklerk.com/2015/08/21/eye-of-the-elephant/

supper: leopard carrying a kori bustard to her young in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

supper: leopard carrying a kori bustard to her young in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Blackbacked Jackal.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Blackbacked Jackal.

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