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Thirst

Thirst comes first.


MALE LEOPARD DRINKING – Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Silent paws pad down the dirt road, leaving perfect prints. Leopard prints. Warren has picked up the trail of this most elusive cat. It appears to be a male, heading for water. Our eyes scan ahead for the flash of his tail tip. Nothing. Still, my pulse quickens as I flick the video camera onto standby. Leopards are among the rarest of game drive diamonds. We approach the dam slowly, spotlight sweeping from side to side.

The rustle of passing leaves whispers that someone has snuck from view. But we’re focussed forward. Rounding the road’s last bend, we see him! Cutting the engine, we coast closer for a more intimate look. Not too close, preserving the dignity of his personal space. Our frail human faculties can’t detect his scent, although the reverse seems true. Muscles bunch beneath his sleek spots, anticipating action. This is the way at waterholes. Encounters with other creatures are on the cards. After all, Thirst waits for no-one.

Quotes to consider:

“You should not see the desert simply as some faraway place of little rain. There are many forms of thirst.” – William Langewiesche

“When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” – Ingrid Newkirk

“Kissing is like drinking salted water: you drink and your thirst increases” – Chinese Proverb

“Good as drink is, it ends in thirst.” – Irish Proverb

“They talk of my drinking but never my thirst” – Scottish Proverb

“Thirst will parch your tongue and your body will waste through lack of sleep ere you can describe in words that which painting instantly sets before the eye” – Leonardo da Vinci

While reminiscing about the Sabi Sand reserve, and taking a cue from that last quote, I simply have to share a few more of Dave’s photo’s with you. These are from another spectacular sighting at Londolozi, legendary playground of South African leopards. We followed this female for a magical hour or more, before she leapt up a tree:


FEMALE LEOPARD EYES – Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa


FEMALE LEOPARD PAW – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

In videography terms, we call those shots ‘simple reveals’. Now for the ‘wide establisher’:


FEMALE LEOPARD LYING IN TREE – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Don’t you just love her body language, delightfully draped in her natural vantage point?

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Spots

Blind spots belong to people.

FEMALE LEOPARD - Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
FEMALE LEOPARD – Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa

While animals accept things the way they are, we tend to complicate them.

Quotes to consider:

“A leopard does not change his spots, or change his feeling that spots are rather a credit.” – Ivy Compton-Burnett

“More and more people are buying bigger and bigger, … and the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot.” – Unknown

“A zebra does not change its spots.” – Al Gore (attacking President George Bush in 1992)
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Exhilaration

Exhilaration = life on a limb

LEOPARD ON A LIMB - Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa
LEOPARD ON A LIMB – Londolozi Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what’s wrong with it.” – Rex Harrison

“Silence is exhilarating at first – as noise is – but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep.” – Edward Hoagland

“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – General George S. Patton Continue reading

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Connection

Nothing means anything without connection.

LEOPARDS IN THE GRASS - Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
LEOPARDS IN THE GRASS – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves” – Jack Kornfield

“Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together.” – Anais Nin

“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer Continue reading

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Sleep

Sleep is essential.

LEOPARD - Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
LEOPARD – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Sleep is the best meditation.” – Dalai Lama

“I wasn’t really asleep I was just meditating on unconsciousness.” – Unknown

“There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night’s sleep” – Edgar Watson Howe

“Many things – such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly – are done worst when we try hardest to do them.” – C.S. Lewis Continue reading

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Rest

Make rest a habit, before it’s required.

LEOPARD IN TREE - Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa
LEOPARD IN TREE – Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time” – John Lubbock

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Marston

“Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.” – Frank Lloyd Wright Continue reading

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