Channeling my Inner Animal

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To take photos of wild animals in their natural habitat ranks as one of the things I enjoy doing the most. I’m by no means a photographer – for goodness sake, I use a bridge camera – but tell me to stay put in one spot for hours to observe animal behaviour and I’ll do it with a smile and a bag of patience, drop me off at a bird hide and I’ll sit in silence and wait. 

You never know what will happen; things can change within seconds and every moment is completely out of your hands. 

It’s exhilarating to say the least.

In an article about wildlife photography, two National Geographic photographersCary Wolinsky and Bob Caputo, said:

“And, as is true of all kinds of photography, the more time you spend with your subjects, the more likely your images will be intimate and revealing. You know them better, and it will show.”

I see this every time I visit Addo Elephant National Park, (especially). As soon as I spot a herd of elephants I click away like there is no tomorrow, but then, after a while it is as if I catch my breath and every photo becomes slower, more focused and more personal. 

Whenever I get an opportunity to photograph animals I always look back on the photos and stare at the captured expressions. It never takes too long before I start channeling my inner animal; phrases will pop into my mind, snippets of conversation will move around and before I know it a montage of animal dialogues will be born.

My imagination often gets the best of me; it is overactive, in the front seat and can go in full speed – and in all directions – whenever it gets the chance. So here are a few animal photos – from Africa to Asia – that begged to be captioned. 

Imagination, activated.

Mind’s eye, triggered.

Channeling my inner animal, switched on.

Channeling my Inner Animal

channeling my inner animal

“Nants ingonyama bagithi baba…”
– (Lion King) Peggy the Penguin, Boulders Beach Cape Town.

Read: Penguin it Forward.


channeling my inner animal

“Dammit Bill, stop scratching. You’re messing up my zen!”
– Bob the Blue Crane, Addo Elephant National Park.


channeling my inner animal

“What are you looking at? I was born this way, what is your excuse?”
– Miranda the Muscovy Duck, Kandy, Sri Lanka.


channeling my inner animal

“Frank, turn around! We can’t take you anywhere. You are bumming us all out!”.
– Ethan the Elephant, Addo Elephant National Park

Read: Addo Elephant National Park.

channeling my inner animal

“Did it happen?
Can you see me?
No? Yes?
Mom! I need help.”
– Cory the Chameleon, Ella, Sri Lanka.


channeling my inner animal

“Humans are like, ‘try this impossible challenge: touch your nose with your tongue.’
Ag please, impossible? I eat it for breakfast, give me a real challenge!”.
– Gerald the Giraffe, Samara Private Game Reserve.

Read: Samara Private Game Reserve… Somewhere in the Karoo.


channeling my inner animal

“Went to the beach,
forgot the sunscreen.”
– Marvin the Monkey, Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Read: 17 Days in Sri Lanka in 17 Photos.

channeling my inner animal

“Yummy yummy yummy I got love in my tummy…”
– Larry the Lion, Addo Elephant National Park.

Read: South African National Parks, I heart you.


Inner Animal 1

“Welcome to your one-stop-satellite-TV-shop. Tune in.”
– Keith the Kudu, Addo Elephant National Park.

Read: A Tribute to the Nothing Animals.


Inner Animal 3

“This is not okay.
Why do we always have to wake up when the sun comes up? What happened to freedom of choice? What happened to basic meerkat rights?
Amandlaaaaaa! Power to the meerkats!#EarlyMorningsMustFall!”

-Marnie the Meerkat, Oudtshoorn.


Inner Animal 4

“Run! Imposter! Intruder! Panda with wings!”
Sally the Seal, Gansbaai.

Read: Gansbaai, A South African Fairy Tale.

Imagination, activated.

Mind’s eye, triggered.

Channeling my inner animal, switched on…


While we are on the topic of channeling your inner animal…

Read more about the, The #Howl Campaign, by Dr Louise de Waal from Green Girls in Africa; it’s a fun way to get the message across of #HandsOffOurWildlife – no petting, performing, riding or walk – and showing your support for animal rights in tourism.  Howl for our wildlife!

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