Mind Travel: Dreaming of Africa

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”

~Dorothea Lange


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Trunk Curls



Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Leopard Relaxing


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Nice Tusks


“When you look a wild animal in the eye, it’s like catching a glimpse into the soul of nature itself” 

~Paul Oxton


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Hyena on the Run


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

A Dazzle


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Hello Baby



Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Lion Posing


“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.”

~Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Lilac Breasted Roller


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Rhinoceros Grazing


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Lioness at Rest


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Happy Hippo


Africa, Photography, Wildlife, Travel, Animals, Nature

Going Home


“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

~Annie Leibovitz

Categories: Animals, Nature, Photography, Travel, WildlifeTags: , , , , , ,


    – A poem by Bridget Dore, dedicated to Madiba (Nelson Mandela)

    Africa smiled
    A little
    When you left.
    “We know you,”
    Africa said,
    “We have seen
    And watched you,
    We can learn
    To live
    Without you,

    We know
    We needn’t

    And Africa smiled
    A little
    When you left.
    “You cannot
    Leave Africa,”
    Africa said.
    “It is always with you,
    There inside your head.
    Our rivers run
    In currents
    In the swirl

    Of your thumbprints;
    Our drumbeats
    Counting out your pulse,
    Our coastline,
    The silhouette of your soul.”

    So Africa smiled
    A little
    When you left.
    “We are in you,”
    Africa said.
    “You have not
    Left us,

  2. Wow 🥺 !!; That is seriously the best pictures I have ever seen.i am an aspiring nature photographer/ blogger. Please critic my post nature at it’s best and like it ☺️ !!!!!

  3. Nature indeed is so beautiful!

  4. I have a raincheck to visit a safari in Africa from a cancelled trip this past May. Your photos are inspiring!!

    • How exciting, Tinywanderer! So sorry it was planned during Covid, but hoping you get there when things are back to normal…someday. I would love to return- it’s life changing. Glad you found these inspiring- thanks so much.

  5. Incredible Photographs!

  6. Hi, thanks for sharing another set of stunning images. I particularly like ‘A Dazzle; I have shared with all the appropriate attribution in place and a link to your original post; scheduled for Wednesday. Best Regards.

  7. I hope it is OK that I shared this on my Blog Site.

  8. Amazing photography. Brings back memories travel .

  9. Those are some great photos. Would love to travel to Africa one day. I have been wanting to since my childhood (after watching Madagascar tbh).

  10. Fantastic. When and where did you go to Africa? (You know I spent my childhood there, right?)

  11. Wow! Such amazing pictures of these African animals.

  12. Brilliant!
    Beautiful photos of a beautiful place! It’s one of my dream places to visit! 😀

  13. Fantastic shots of so many animals!

  14. I see you found the Big 5. I love them all, but the giraffe is my favourite.

  15. Wonderful photos.

  16. Gorgeous photos from the only way to travel these days Jane. Always such an uplifting treat visiting you. Have a great weekend 🙂

  17. Oh my goodness, Jane, what a spectacular series of African wildlife you have captured here. Truly magnificent. You have done such a great job of highlighting the creatures’ personalities. The leopard with his glare, resting against a tree; the first elephant close up with his curled trunk and marvelously wrinkly hide. The old male lion and his scratched-up face. Loved seeing down the throat of the hippo, and the “dazzle,” to use your word, of the zebra herd. Wonderful to see the Okavango Delta with the elephant herd walking through. I enjoyed the quotes very much too. Buy my favorite of all the photos, one that I actually felt a shiver go through me for the wild fierceness you had captured: the hyena.

    • Hi Jet, So pleased to read your reaction coming from your experienced eye. I have had a ball revisiting my images from Africa finding favorites and some happy surprises like the hyena image. He was on he way to finish up the remains of a kill.
      I love that a herd of zebras is called a dazzle (or a zeal). Describes it perfectly.
      I remember photographing that leopard for a long time as he lazed on the termite mound- which in a wide shot is about 20 feet high.
      And the elephants to me capture the emotion and majesty of the African environment.
      Thank you for your great comment and I hope you enjoyed traveling back with me. 🙂 Keep on staying healthy and safe. 💚

  18. your photos are just amazing. That one of the hyena is beyond exceptional, thanks so much for sharing these

  19. These are wonderful captures of wild life animals. Love the “Trunk Curls”, “Leopard Relaxing”, “Nice Tusks”, “A Dazzle” are my favorites.

  20. Nice leopard. And, the lilac breasted roller – talk about vivid colors on that one. The elephants might be the real story of Africa. The babies are being born without tusks, and the juveniles have been seen without them as well. If the biologists are right, it seems Mother Nature may have solved the ivory poaching problem.

    Hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  21. I enjoyed this trip! Particularly “Nice Tusks” and “A Dazzle” – thanks again, Jane!

  22. Enjoyed the photos… k

  23. i think it’s great when you dream and that such pictures come out of it.
    many greetings robert

  24. Gorgeous wildlife shots Jane! I can certainly see why you are dreaming of Africa!

  25. You must have had the best time! Your eye for composition didn’t fail you. There are so many memorable images here – but the last one is breathtakingly moving. Still, the horizontal flow of zebras, the straight-on regard of the lion, the Roller’s rainbow of colors in that quiet light…we might as well dream!

  26. I think Annie would be pretty pleased with the effort you’ve made, Jane. The expressions on their faces are priceless. 🙂 🙂

  27. Thanks for sharing such a stunning set of images. Happy Day.

  28. The lilac-breasted roller is familiar, not because I’ve ever been to Africa, but because we watched a television program the other day about nature photographer Todd Gustafson, who lives there. If you’re interested, you can watch “To the Ends of the Earth: The Birds of East Africa” online: https://www.pbs.org/video/to-the-ends-of-the-earth-birds-of-east-africa-fof80m/

  29. Hi Jane, it is obvious that you enjoyed the time spent in Africa with Tarzan – you have the photographic proof!! The weathered face of the “Lion posing” is magnificent. By the way in my latest post I “conquer” a wintry Africa during a hike

  30. What superb photos Jane. I do hope that I get back to Africa one day. What a place it is!

  31. So beautiful… as African wildlife is! I was in South-Africa for about half a year in total, travelled all around (also to Kruger park), and always feel a bit ‘homesick’ when seeing pictures like this or hearing African ‘nature sounds’… Gorgeous pictures!

    • Thank you, Noortje, and how wonderful that you spent so much time in South Africa! I’m happy these took you back to those adventures you had. Much appreciated – hope you are doing well.

  32. Ah now, creatures I know well – and wonderful pictures of them too. Very good to see these creatures, including the magnificent Leopard pose, but perhaps my favourite here is the Lilac-breasted Roller, both an exceptional photo and a very well known, old friend. 🙂

  33. These are such magnificent photos, Jane! They bring back wonderful memories, too!

  34. My husband and I are scrolling through your post, Jane, and our jaws are dropping. These are stunning. Going on safari is truly life changing, isn’t it?

  35. Fabulous!

    Sent from my iPad


  36. Utterly smashing images, Jane! Have to say I think you come pretty close to capturing “all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place”! What an experience that must have been.

  37. Stunning photography, Jane, of such incredible, amazing animals of Africa! ❤

  38. amazing shots, Jane! closer than I may be comfortable with !!!!! 😉

  39. Just amazing, Jane! So proud of you!

  40. Amazing collection of images Jane!

  41. Fascinating images out of Africa!

  42. Great pictures and great detail. I’m beginning to think you’ve had some experience 😁

  43. Thank you for these wonderful pictures! You ( and Tina) have taken me to so many places that I will never have a chance to visit, but your wonderful photography makes me feel like I have experienced the best! Thank you.

  44. such beauty you’ve captured in your wildlife photography Jane…the eyes…the textures all lovely ~ thanks for sharing ~ smiles Hedy ☺️

  45. Beautiful images. That lion staring directly at the camera is magnificent. And elephants are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing these memories.

  46. Sharing immediately! Too good to keep to myself. Thanks!

  47. Nothing short of spectacular! Such impressive photos.

  48. Amazing wildlife photography but it was the words you chose to highlight the photos that really made me linger when viewing them, soaking up their atmosphere.

  49. Wow, the photos are clear and dynamic🙌
    Each one of them unique and kinda telling its own story. Well done 👌

  50. Outstanding images Jane 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  51. Some lovely images…..and that giraffe looks like he’s smiling at us!

  52. Marvelous shots, Jane. The intensity of the big cats’ gaze is visceral!

  53. A very nice series of Africa photos. It reminds me my two African trip, Kenya and Namibia. I like all your pictures but love zebra image the best.

  54. Such wondrous wildlife captures, Jane. I love the ‘dazzle’ of zebra. So descriptive. The lilac-breasted roller must be one of the prettiest birds on the planet.

  55. Lovely, amazing photos, Jane! 🥰

  56. Lovely pictures. Does make me nostalgic of a time when we could plan trips without restrictions. So looking forward to being able to start exploring the world again but it feels it will take a long time before it happens. Stay safe & healthy. (Suzanne)

    • Thank you, Suzanne. So true. It’s hard to imagine the freedom and joy of traveling right now. Photographs help keep the memories alive. Warm wishes to you and Pierre for safe and healthy days, as well. 🙂

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