Mind Travel: Back to Africa

“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is the worst of all.”

~ Brian Jackman


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I Love My Neck


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Standing Watch


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Sable Beauty


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The Big Yawn


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Kudu You Love


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A Tower of Giraffes


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Strike a Pose


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The Flying Banana


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All Alone,  Zebra


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“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ~Mark Riboud 




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  1. The place is amazing and you will never get tired of Africa. The only country I could visit in the continent was South Africa due to my work and in the beginning I was not really happy to be there. But after i did one Safari and meeting some of the local people, the place started growing on me and from ‘never want to return ‘ to ‘Want to see again’ I had become. Your photos are even amazing 🙂

    • Hi Wayfarer, I couldn’t agree with you more and I’m happy that you’ve been on safari and visited SA. Glad you enjoyed these wildlife images and that they brought back good memories. Thanks so much for your visit. 🙂

  2. The “Circle of Life” may be stuck in my mind for days now. You brought me to the Pride Lands to visit my favorite lions. Thank you 🙂

  3. Awesome photography!! I went though your profile, and i did see that you do get published on magazines!!

  4. Came back to this post. I could almost see the heat of Africa. (Do you know you can “see” the heat there?)
    I am waiting for your book. when will you publish?

  5. always wondered what a group of giraffes is called — ‘a tower’; how perfect 🙂

  6. Absolutely stunning photos. I love the captions as well as the quote. Loved your work, Jane. ❤

  7. Oh wow, your photography is absolutely incredible!

  8. I have checked your website . And the only word that comes to my mind is OUTSTANDING. Amazing job dear. Check out our website as well and give us a review .

  9. These are glorious. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Your photos are beautiful Jane! And such an inspiration! 😀

  11. Mzuri sana, Memsahib. Very goo, ma’am. Great shots. Some may think “shooting” wild animals is easy, but “it ain'”.
    The hornbill was one of my favourite birds in Kenya. Cheeky little buggers.
    All well?

    • Love this, Brian. Thank you so much. I’ve been revisiting and reediting images from this trip. Fun to relive the memories. Love the Hornbill…all the birds we encountered were stupendous. I’m hanging in there, thank you. Hoping for a vaccine in the upcoming month. Until then, same old same. Have things improved at all in your part of the world? Hope you are safe and doing well.

      • Africa has beautiful birds. Well, it is, or was the Land of Beauty. Best of luck with your shots. We’re waiting for ours. It’s by “area”. There are 16 “new counties” (not the right word) in Mexico city. 3 have already vaccinated all 60+. Mexico is getting lots of doses. That is good. Just a matter of patience.
        Stay safe.

  12. Some seriously wonderful images here Jane. ~Looks like you must have a seriously good telephoto lens, as well as a great eye and patience. Fabulous captures and thanks for sharing, I just love a good safari, so exciting. MM ☘️

  13. Wonderful images. I think my favorite was the elephant in b&w. Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m happy you stopped by, Evangelina, and enjoyed these favorites. That young elephant was mock charging us just to show us who is boss. Exciting memory. Thank you very much for letting me know. 😊

  14. Awesome images Jane! I have been planning a trip to South Africa for 2022. I hope it happens. Hopefully I will get a few nice images like these to post. We will be in Cape Town and then the Garden route and then Kruger NP for a few days.

    • Hi Roy, Lucky you! I hope by then things are opened up. Kruger will be wonderful. Our safari camps were in Botswana and SA. We ended in Cape Town and the Garden District. I’m sure your photo will be fabulous! 😀

  15. Amazing creatures! Awesome shots!

  16. Wow…. Can’t imagine being there!

  17. Absolutely stunning images all!! And great captions like “Kudo You Love” and “The Flying Banana”
    And how is life at your new digs?

  18. Amazing shots, Jane. They are all such gorgeous creatures.

  19. Wow, you’re already welcome here in Kenya 🇰🇪

  20. Very wonderful greeting to our African continent from the state of Morocco. Indeed, our continent is full of many livestock and some species are now in the wild of endangered animals… But he returned to Africa itself to rearrange itself and preserve the various natural resources for the sake of humanity and for generations to come.

  21. nice photos where do you live??

  22. Amazing Pictures. So true… we can only have mind travel at the moment and looking forward to be physically be able to explore in the future

  23. This is where you want to be a good photographer with a good camera. Amazing!

  24. Beautiful pics

  25. These captions are great! I love my neck and strike a pose… those made me laugh. Great pics! Absolutely great! My daughter enjoyed the elephant one and me of course the giraffe… that caption awesome. You be you giraffe

  26. What a portfolio, Jane! It’s impressive that someone who doesn’t exactly spend all her time photographing exotic wildlife could make so many beautiful images ina strange place, where everything was new. The first giraffe caption is brilliant, and what an interesting view that is. I love the other giraffe photo, too. Love the symmetry in the elephant photo. The flying banana bird is terrific – so startling and vivid. The final quote fits this group of images very well. 🙂

  27. Stunning captures and portraits! What a wonderful adventure it must have been! I love the B&Ws … the zebra image feels intimate, and the elephant image is powerful!

    • Hi Denise, I’m so glad you enjoyed and like those especially. I am getting into reediting these again and really like the B&W conversions. Glad you agree. These do bring back the feeling of how thrilling the safari experience was. Thank you so much! 🙂

  28. Wonderful wildlife portraits, Jane. The Kudu stole my heart.Those wonderful curly horns and the backlit leaves! ❤

  29. I’m an African I owe my being to the flowers, mountains and animals.great post great pictures and magnificent heading

  30. Incredible photos, Jane … and I imagine your trip was a photographer’s gold mine!

  31. just amazing photos Jane. wow. the yawn is incredible!

  32. I would LOVE to go to Africa sometime, thanks so much for sharing these pics. Giraffes have always been my favorite animal so I liked those best, but all of these are just fantastic.

    • I’m happy you are inspired by these, M.B. Thank you so much. Agree, giraffes are amazing and such a thrill to see. They are such gentle giants. Hope you get to Africa someday soon….life-changing for sure. 🙂

  33. Full impact whit this series of magnificent photographies Jane. Thanks for sharing

  34. These are beautiful Jane and I really enjoyed that the monochromes and the colour shots worked so well together in the same collection. I think your sable portrait is about the best I have seen – their colouring and that they are usually skittish makes them very tricky to photograph and you have captured something very special and vulnerable about it. You mention that the elephant was photographed in Botswana. The National Parks in Botswana are about my most favourite places to visit and spend time in. Btw, even though I live in South Africa I had not heard the term ‘flying banana’ used for yellow-billed hornbills before!

  35. Hi Jane, I love these! You’re very talented! I tried to “reblog”/share this on my site. I was not able to share it in a pretty fashion, but at least I have a working link so people can come here and see your page for themselves. 🙂

  36. These photos are incredible, a world away from snowy England where I am now.

  37. Splendid! That kudu looks magnificent.


  38. Never been to Africa so far yet. But I thank you Jane for taking me on this tour with your striking images. The elephant is my favorite with others along.

  39. Loved my visit with you today Jane. Mind travel is definitely the safest way to travel these days. Are you ready for the week ahead?

  40. Thank you for the gorgeous reminders of amazing Africa, Jane. Can’t decide if Kudu or Flying Banana is my favorite.

  41. Such fabulous animal portraits Jane. I should like the elephant best as I adore ellies, but I found the tower of giraffes the most striking image here. You did a lot better than I did with the African wildlife!

  42. Nice big cat images, especially that big yawn. 🙂

  43. These are amazing shots, Jane, I was up and down and up and down, looking at this array of wild creatures over and over. I loved your captions too!

  44. Beautiful portraits of these magnificent creatures, Jane. I haven’t been to Africa…yet. It looks like an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. The quote is perfect, too!

  45. Each one is wonderful! I love the intensity of the lioness.
    Thanks, Jane!

  46. Awesome!!!! These are great pictures!

  47. Jane, your photos always either inspire me or make me realize how far I have to go as a photographer or both simultaneously. I guess I should thank you for that. 🙂 I especially love the shot of the kudu. Magnificent–animal and photo.


  48. Stunning shots. Makes me want to jump on a plane to go on a safari

  49. A great joy to see your African photos, Jane, of these magnificent creatures. You have a way of giving majesty to each one. I liked your subtitles too, espec. “The Flying Banana” for the Yellow-billed Hornbill. My favorite photo of all of these masterpieces is the head-on capture of the male kudu. You managed to capture every inch of his unusual markings and those glorious horns.

    • Thank you very much, Jet. You know what it’s like being there- sometimes I was shaking it was so thrilling to see these beautiful creatures close-up. I am drawn to the singular portraits among my safari photos. After your antelope post, it reminded me of all the different types we saw- this Kudu was a star. Glad you like the captions- Flying Banana is their nickname in Africa- I’m not that clever. 😃

  50. Awesome pics. I think you’re getting the hang of it Jane 😁

  51. These shots are realy awesome Jane !

  52. These are excellent animal portraits. No surprise.

  53. Love these!

  54. Great shots Jane! You gave each animal a unique identity.

  55. Amazing captures.
    Yes, it is good to have one’s memories captured in times when one can not travel.

  56. These are marvellous, especially that head-on shot of the elephant and the leopard (cheetah?) in profile 🙂 I also love the B&W shot of the zebra – quite unusual to see one on his own like that.

  57. I remember you and Bob being bit by the Safari Bug. These photos are fabulous testimony of your trip..

  58. Brilliant close ups on your safari trip in Africa, Jane. Each one has stunning clarity. Well done. Love the first quote. Seeing those animals in the wild up close must have left you wishing you were there longer 🙂

  59. Amazing animal portraits.

  60. Well this is a surprise, Jane – in another life, I worked as a safari leader in Kenya. The kudu is particularly well caught – and a Yellow-billed Hornbill too! Wonderful! 🙂

  61. I love your interpretation of the animals, Jane! The big yawn and the Flying Banana, all alone … Fantastic!! 👏👏👏

  62. Such fabulous creatures and wonderful photos, Jane! Kudu won my heart, the elephant looks kind of sad and oh, the cats! Beautiful 🙂 🙂

  63. Being a city slicker, I am always amazed how people and animals tolerate the clouds of insects in the African bush country. Your opening quote was beautiful, Thanks for putting these together. Off to share. B

    • Ha, Bob. Somehow we survived that…I don’t have memories of the insects bothering us. Might be that staring an elephant down is a great distraction. 😃 Thank you so much and I appreciate you sharing.

  64. What a beautifully executed collection of images, Jane. Just what I needed being trapped in Pretoria this morning rather than being out in the bush.

  65. Oh Jane these are wonderful! All of them. Still, my faves are the opening giraffe, the kudu, and the banana.

  66. such a beautiful world 👌 stellar captures Jane ❣️ sending you joy 💫

  67. Love these photos of these animals in Africa..makes me want to return..soon..

  68. Gorgeous, gorgeous shots, Jane. Magnificent creatures!

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