A gift that keeps on giving…

Big thanks to the lovely ladies at Well Designed Journeys for featuring a two-post interview with Dave on their beautiful blog, sharing his advice on wildlife photography: Wildlife Photography Tips for Travelers on Safari: Interview with Dave Estment and Wildlife Photography Tips for Travelers on Safari: Part II

This passion has blessed us with countless incredible trips into the African bushveld. It’s one of those gifts that keeps on giving. In fact, we’re off to Madikwe Safari Lodge again tomorrow, courtesy of their head ranger, Marc Lindsay-Rae – a fabulous friend and fellow photographer, who has just won the 2010 Africa Geographic/Canon Photo Competition for rangers and safari guides (with an awesome shot of a mother and calf black rhino charging him). Way to go, Marc! Here he is, with his winning photo (for the month and year):

MARC LINDSAY-RAE with his winning wildlife photo!

For those who don’t know, black rhino’s are endangered, which makes that pic all the more exceptional. We were treated on a previous visit to Madikwe to a spectacular sighting of three together, and a pack of endangered wild dogs on the hunt. It was too dark for decent photo’s, but regular readers of this blog will have seen plenty more wildlife pics in the past. Some stunning ones of Dave’s are included in those two posts at Well Designed Journeys, and here are a few other highlights just for fun:

AMARULA HOT CHOCOLATE - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MORNING BREAKING - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

BREAKFAST FOR TWO - Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

MARC, CLAIRE & GREG ENJOYING SUNDOWNERS - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

AFRICAN SUNSET - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

HEAVENLY SUITE - Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

. . . and a quote from another photographer (as well as actor, artist and writer):

β€œI have never been in a natural place and felt that was a waste of time. I never have. And it’s a relief. If I’m walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.” – Viggo Mortensen

Wishing you all a wonderful few days, until we return with more wild magic to entice you to visit the bush soon too πŸ™‚

About Naomi

Personal branding photographer, videographer, speaker and trainer, helping visionary leaders shine on camera and become the star of their premium brand!
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39 Responses to A gift that keeps on giving…

  1. Cindy says:

    It looks like a slice of heaven πŸ™‚

  2. Chloe says:

    Awesome photographs – thanks for sharing πŸ˜€ xx

  3. Lance says:

    That breakfast for two…looks completely wonderful!!

    …and the photos here are always (ALWAYS!) enticing!!!

  4. Naomi says:

    Thanks, Lance! You’d love that breakfast for two, not to mention the whole safari experience – it would be awesome to hear how you felt about it afterwards πŸ˜€

  5. Dora Theiss says:

    Thank you for the kind words and you are so welcome! We loved having Dave on as our guest. What amazing photographs and photographer tips he provided to our followers.
    It would be wonderful to travel one day on a photography safari with the two of you!

  6. Naomi says:

    Thanks again, Dora . . . a trip together would give us the greatest pleasure!

    All the best in the meantime πŸ™‚


  7. Wow! Great photos! I love the bare trees with the blue sky background and reflection in the blue water. The African sunset glowing through tree branches is wonderful. And the room at the lodge. Awesome! They are all good. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you, Naomi…

  8. Naomi says:

    Thank you, Carol, and blessings back to you!

  9. I love these photo posts, Naomi, showing a terrain I may never see. I learn so much just by looking. Thank you, again, and to Dave for his beautiful shots too.

    • Naomi says:

      Wonderful, Kate, although I’m sure you would love it here. We’re contemplating another trip to your part of the world too. We’ve visited England briefly a few times, but have yet to see Scotland and Wales (where my respective grandfathers come from) and Ireland. So much to do… πŸ™‚

  10. Oh boy, Naomi, this has given me such a tug at my heart. What a thrill to be able to see the familiarity of Madikwe through your eyes, lens and words. A piece of me must have been left there. Many thanks.

  11. looks like an interesting time.

  12. nrhatch says:

    Love your photos, Naomi. Especially: Breakfast for Two, African Sunset, and Heavenly Suite.

    Thanks for sharing your good news.

  13. Great photos Naomi and congrats to Dave for being honored by fellow photographers. I noticed many loved the “dinner for two” picture and I do too, but out of those, I’d have to say that the shot of the hot chocolate was my favorite. Looking closer at the chocolate powder left on top make it look like its a mountain, complimented by the foam of the already-dissolved powder which seems like a desert that just happens to have giant holes in random spots. the shot of the tree’s being reflected would be my second favorite. Thank you for stopping by my blog as well, glad you enjoyed my last post, I sure enjoyed this one.

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks a ton, Mojo! That hot chocolate was so delicious I just had to photograph it πŸ˜€ You may not be familiar with Amarula (local liqueur made from the fruit of Marula trees), which is the awesome secret ingredient.

      Cheers for now, but I’ll be over to you blog again soonest…

  14. buttercup600 says:

    You always make me yearn and long for a piece of my soul still and always will remain there. Thank you for filling my heart with warmness….I needed to see this!! Much love my friend oxox

  15. Naomi says:

    You’re so welcome, special friend. It’s wonderful to know you haven’t forgotten Africa πŸ™‚

    Lots of love especially in your challenging time there, xoxo

  16. That photo of Marc’s is fabulous. He had the course and presence-of-mind to get the shot and not get hurt, thank goodness. Kudos to him.

    Wonderful, heavenly post, Naomi. A dream world to me.

    As all pics and narrative perfect.

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  17. Tammy McLeod says:

    That suite really does look heavenly!

  18. Artswebshow says:

    The bush seems like an amazing place

  19. It is pretty special πŸ™‚

  20. Tokeloshe says:

    Love your photos as always and looking forward to your posts on the Lodge.

    Great quote.β™₯
    Thank you for the links.

  21. Thanks so much for this post, but also for the links to the two interviews with Dave. It was remarkably helpful to me in helping me to understand – even more than I have – how FAR I have to go, but also helping me to feel like maybe I will get there, or at least close. Seeing your and Dave’s photography always embarrasses me, but I’ve got to learn somehow, so why not from some of the best? BTW, I love the photo of you and your sister.

    Sixteen years since you were engaged! Congrats! How soon after were you married? Ashley and I had our 35th this past October. The 36th of our engagement is March 1 this year. It gets better every year. . .

    I’ve been away from reading lots of blogs lately, so I’m just catching up on you, but some of my writing projcts are easing up, so I’ve enjoyed catching up. Invitation to North Carolina is always open to you and Dave! The only reason I extend the invitation is to get a free personal tutoring session from you two! πŸ˜€ I hope you know that’s a joke! But the invite isn’t! πŸ˜€

    • Naomi says:

      Thank you so much, Paula, for such a wonderful comment, kind words and invitation πŸ˜€ You’re a honey! North Carolina is on our list to visit, especially since our fabulous Hills of Africa friends are based there as well, so we’ll let you know if any travel plans transpire…

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Dave’s interviews – it’s always great to witness the contribution his expertise makes to others. Please don’t be disheartened about your photography, but rather inspired – you have a great inborn eye for it already πŸ˜‰

      Congrats to you and your husband on your 35th anniversary and up-coming 36th of your engagement in March! We were married in March too, two months after getting engaged – Dave gave me the choice, so I didn’t mess around πŸ˜€ It was also more practical because we were married in Cape Town, but I had just moved from there to Johannesburg where he’d spent the previous two years. That long distance period was quite a challenge, especially since it was before we had cell-phones, email or internet!

      I’ve also been otherwise occupied and scarce on the blogging circuit lately (sorry for not visiting yours for a while!), but hope to do some catching up soon too. In the meantime, thanks again for everything & enjoy your photography!

      Best wishes from SA,


  22. I’m so ADD that I missed the part about the photo in the magazine! Thats wonderful, quite a thrill I know. No actually I don’t so I have to say I imagine!! Spectacular.

  23. That charging rhino photo in the magazine is awesome. How daring.

  24. I like the shots! The photos are very crisp and clear…

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