I could not help it but go back there .. The tick bite i got there and subsequent fever could not change my determination to go back as soon as i could. And i went back there this past weekend. This time in a wonderful chalet "in the middle of it", and next to the rock pool. A chalet with pouch, which felt as if designed by a japanese master architect commissioned to do it in the African bush.
They say Africa stays in you when you leave it. The wild, the bush, the open spaces, the people - all stay in you. I think im beginning to understand this. The sky, the sounds, the wild rough dry, the nights, the wind and the smell .. Bergsig is a gem .. Few places can touch it - Mabalingwe, included below, just barely making it, and Mabula not even letting us get in and spend money. What we all agreed is that we do not want to be in a crowd of people and million facilities - it is all about a native unadulterated South African bush of total quite disturbed only by the animals and the birds, no people please - the idea is to get away from our species with just few likeminded !
For me this was an equal, if not a more rewarding photographic experience than the previous time there. Opportunities - the frame jumping at you, the light, the fleeting moment at times - presented themselves again and again
Memories which will be cherished in the years to come - are reflected in images below. 100% iPhone imaging (except for the last LX5 photo). Two rolls of film - Natura 1600, being one them (!), are kept for later development and enjoyment. The LX5 took just a few shots and was virtually forgotten in the bag .. The entire bag then, with 3 cameras and 3 films in - the Nikon 28 Ti, the Leica Minilux and the LX5, felt weighing less than a D3 body with no lens attached .. I am posting a discovery on the way there - Peet se Padstal and Una (the latter revisited) - in a separate blog, which can be found here, if you curious enough ..
Here we go - first, the "commercial" images ..
And as we were walking back and chatting, i just turned to look back at the vista, only to see a giraffe standing there, looking at us ! For a split moment, it felt like i've walked into Dali's 'The Burning Giraffes' painting, just before he sets them on fire ..
Below - we were only too fortunate - two male springboks or impalas (?) fighting for what felt like minutes on end, without noticing us - all you hear was the locked horns and the associated knocking-like sounds. Eventually they sensed us, looked at us and ran together away, like running for life, to probably continue the fight somewhere else, in peace ;-)
In reality, they looked closer, but this is the the 35mm view of the iPhone creating this somewhat exaggerated distance
And now, some images, that i would personally go back too more often ..
I just had to take the photo below : my favourite camera visiting (again) my favourite place in the North ..
Bookings are first come first served .. Life is too short not to ..