A gift that keeps on giving…

by Naomi on January 18, 2011

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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! That’s him, with his winning photo (for the month and year).

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:

HOT CHOCOLATE on an early morning game drive - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MORNING BREAKING over a dam - Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

BREAKFAST FOR TWO - Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa


SUNSET in the AFRICAN BUSHVELD - 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™‚

{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy January 18, 2011 at 9:06 am

It looks like a slice of heaven πŸ™‚


Naomi January 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

Perfect description, Cindy πŸ™‚


Chloe January 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

Awesome photographs – thanks for sharing πŸ˜€ xx


Naomi January 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Thanks for appreciating, Chloe. Delighted to discover your blog πŸ™‚


Chloe January 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Same here πŸ˜€ Thanks, Naomi xx


Lance January 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

That breakfast for two…looks completely wonderful!!

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


Naomi January 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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˜€


Dora Theiss January 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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!


Naomi January 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

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

All the best in the meantime πŸ™‚



Carol Ann Hoel January 18, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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…


Naomi January 18, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thank you, Carol, and blessings back to you!


kateshrewsday January 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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 January 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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™‚


Amy @ Soul Dipper January 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

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.


Naomi January 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

Any time, Amy…so glad you still harbour the love for it. We’ll be thinking of you there, xo


Booksphotographsandartwork January 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm

looks like an interesting time.


Naomi January 19, 2011 at 9:54 am

Thank you πŸ™‚


nrhatch January 19, 2011 at 1:08 am

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

Thanks for sharing your good news.


Naomi January 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

Thank you, Nancy – much appreciated πŸ™‚


Mr. Mojo Risin January 19, 2011 at 2:34 am

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 January 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

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…


buttercup600 January 19, 2011 at 6:26 am

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


Naomi January 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

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


Jamie Dedes, all rights reserved January 20, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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™‚


Naomi January 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Thank you, Jamie πŸ™‚ You’re so right about Marc’s presence-of-mind…a considerable feat!


JamieDedes September 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I must not have had my coffee before this one … He had “courage” not course, of course, and a few other things … Anyway, funny because of Mark’s courage, this is one of my favorites and the quote at the end is priceless.


Tammy McLeod January 22, 2011 at 12:27 am

That suite really does look heavenly!


Naomi January 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Simply gorgeous…thanks Tammy πŸ™‚


Artswebshow January 26, 2011 at 3:23 am

The bush seems like an amazing place


Naomi Estment January 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

It is pretty special πŸ™‚


Tokeloshe January 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

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

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


Naomi January 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks, Tok πŸ™‚

I always love your beautiful photo’s too…will be over to see more soonest, xo



Paula Tohline Calhoun February 1, 2011 at 3:17 am

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 February 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

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,



Booksphotographsandartwork February 10, 2011 at 5:52 am

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.


Naomi February 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm

THANKS for coming back to mention that πŸ˜€ I’m sure Marc will appreciate it!


Nabeel's Cosmos March 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm

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


Naomi March 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Agreed, thanks Nabeel πŸ˜€


nrhatch September 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm

That lodge is just gorgeous. And the winning shot of the rhino is spectacular.


Naomi September 7, 2011 at 11:14 am

I totally agree – on both counts πŸ™‚


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