Back from two weeks in South Africa which included covering Cape Town Jazz Fest. Article to come, but a few tastes of the country for y'all, ranging from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park:
Walking into the Apartheid Museum in Johannesberg:
A lovely little girl I met in Alexandra:
Solitary confinement cell for Robert Sobukwe, "instigator" of the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, on Robben Island (where Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years):
View of Cape Town from Robben Island - Freedom was so close, yet so very, very far:
Aerial view of Cape Peninsula (we were taken up by helicopter):
View from Table Mountain:
South Africa's "Paradoxical Penguins" of Boulders Beach:
Bo'Kaap Area of Cape Town:
Now, from the Cape Town Jazz Fest:
Ron Carter at Press Conference:
Now for some images from our last 2 1/2 days, spent at Lukimbi Lodge in Kruger National Park:
Two Kudus, duking it out on the road:
View near sunset:
Elephant, with trunk in a position that supposedly means good luck:
Golden Orb Spider:
Hippos (no, it's not a yawn, it's a warning):
Note: Hippos were shot from a bank on the river during a daytime walking safari; all other animals shot from an open jeep during one of four game drives.
What an experience....had to sift through 1700 shots. Ultimately created a personal album of about 300 photos, and have loaded about 80 at the AAJ Photo Gallery. You can also see more at my Facebook album (some cross-over, some differences though).
Overall, pretty happy....though I would have been happier had my new camera arrived (going full-frame with the new Nikon D800, but won't have it until May)...