Happy 94th Birthday Madiba (photo courtesy of Mandela digital archive)
There is no where I feel more comfortable than in the African bush. It is mornings like these when we stop for tea that I can just breathe and then feel it in my soul.
I think I am a photographer only because I want to keep some moments like these burned forever in my mind.
I took my first trip to Africa in 2008. This was one of the very first images that I looked at in the viewfinder on a camera that I barely knew how to operate. Having shot film for most of my life the doors were now blown wide open to a whole new digital world. But my vision remained the same.
Although my passion for photographing wildlife has gone unchanged, things are not the same for South Africa's white rhino. The numbers have drastically decreased to an alarming staggering few.
When I see this photo, to me, it is a celebration of wild Africa. It is also a harsh reminder of a continent that is struggling to stay wild, protect it's national hertitage, and worse a heartbreaking reality of a species so close to the brink of extinction.