March 1, 2010

A Guest Blog From South Africa

My trip to South Africa was an incredible experience.  Now that I'm back, I need a little time to settle in and to organize the many photos that I took.  In the meantime, I'd like to share an amazing guest blog with you, photographed by twenty-five-year-old Marlon du Toit.  Marlon, a South African, has worked at Singita Game Reserves for two years and was assigned to us, as our guide, at the Lebombo Lodge in Singita for the game drives.  He is well adapted as a guide and is knowledgeable about the animals, birds, and the flora.  Marlon and Themba, our tracker, (he looks for tracks and has extremely keen vision) found us the 'big five.'  We did not see a kill, but we did witness some altercations between elephants and lions.  We also saw the carcass of an impala after a leopard kill.  The photos in this guest blog are some of what Marlon sees on a daily basis in the park. These images may seem a bit alarming, but all of this is part of the natural cycle of life in the preserve - it is the way of life there.