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The Stretch by MorkelErasmus
The Stretch
I really like how this one presents itself in monochrome. This is the alpha female of the Wild Dog pack that Marlon and I spent time with in Mana Pools recently. We were lying flat on our bellies in the sandy riverbed (crawling about 40m through rough sand and pebbles to get to a suitable spot to photograph them properly without getting too close and scaring them off). This enabled a lovely low angle on these images. She was having a nice long stretch and they all were very relaxed even with us in close proximity.

Golden Pachyderms by MorkelErasmus
Golden Pachyderms
A beautiful moment one morning in the forests of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. I was on foot, watching these big elephant bulls enjoying their breakfast as the sun rose...
Join me on Tsu to get paid for using social media - I thought it was a sham but I've been pleasantly surprised!
Dash to Freedom by MorkelErasmus
Dash to Freedom
I seem to be posting photos of animals at or in water these days.
Anyway, this zebra was being attacked by a crocodile in the Mara river, Kenya. This time, he was lucky to be able to get away due to the level of the river allowing him some firm footing!
Gotta love the drama of being on safari! Who's joining me this year?? Link below!

Big and Small, there's room for all by MorkelErasmus
Big and Small, there's room for all
Funny how certain photos take a couple of years to jump out at you. I took this in 2013 in Etosha, and never looked twice at it until this weekend...
Don't you just love the size difference here? A massive giraffe bull and a petite springbok ewe quench their thirst at sunset in the Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Joined for a Drink by MorkelErasmus
Joined for a Drink
This year has been a whirlwind thus far and my photo processing has taken a serious back seat between a new role at work, continuous family commitments and other random things.

I found time tonight to take a quick peek at some of my photos from our safari to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in December last year. This photo was taken at first light from the walkways between the cabins at the Urikaruus Wilderness Camp. This specific pride of lions had spoiled us by lounging around the camp waterhole all day that day!

It started when I randomly awoke at around 2am, and as usual when staying in these camps I stepped out on to the balcony to see if something was visiting the waterhole. "Something" was - a pride of about 9 lions were all drinking from the waterhole! It was deathly quiet, and all you could hear was their tongues lapping up the water. I woke my wife and we enjoyed this moment for a few minutes. I figured they would hang around a bit, so we lied down again. At around 3am the roaring started...3-4 of them would roar in turns, and it didn't stop until sunrise around 05h30! So much for shut-eye haha...

As the first rays of sunlight kissed the desert sand, the big male and one of the females rose (they had been plonked down behind the waterhole) and proceeded to drink again. I used the elevated position of the walkway between the chalets to get their reflection in the frame as well...

After they drank their fill, they got lazy again, and we headed north in our vehicle and found lots more lions - but that is a story for another day...

The pride lounged around all day, roared again at sunset, and moved off into the dunes as darkness fell. A special treat dished up by a special place!



Morkel Erasmus
Artist | Professional | Photography
South Africa
I have been fascinated with eye-catching and breath-taking photos of the natural world for as long as I can remember. I don't know why it took me so long to pick up my first DSLR camera, but when I did, it all just clicked for me (pun intended). Join me as I share my various experiences in and around the Southern African landscape and wilderness with you...

All my photos portray truly wild animals. No Game Park or Zoo images to be found here.

Current Residence: South Africa
Favourite photographer: Nick Brandt, Marsel van Oosten, Vincent Munier, Arthur Morris, Beverly Joubert
Hey everyone! Every year I take stock of my photographic journey and this year I took a bit of a different approach. Early in 2014 I resolved to use my wide angle lens more often when I photograph wildlife. No drones, no remote control buggies, no fancy selfie-sticks, just good old cam-to-the-eye photography with a wider perspective. I'd love to know what you think - check it out:
10 out of 100 - my reflection on 2014

Thanks a million for following along on my journey!
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KristenSpork Featured By Owner 2 days ago   General Artist
I've featured two of your bird shots here!
Mrs-Durden Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love your photography! Just out of curiosity, where in South Africa are you from? I'm going to be living there for a few months very soon :)
metamorph1971 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Your photos ate all so beautiful!! I grew up in Nelspruit and used to go the the Kruger Park all the time... Benn living in the UK for the past 20 years, your gallery has brought back so many happy memories! 👍
RageOfFluffy Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014   General Artist
It's nice to see another South African! You have a great gallery!
Crissiesaurus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi :)
I've seen your beautiful photographs around dA and I was wondering if you allow them to be used as stock?
There are some beautiful elephant, hippo, and oryx photos that I'd love to draw from if you would allow me. 

LucieWalton Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Wow. I love your work :) it made my day that much brighter. Thank you
MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much for the kind words...
outofthefurnace Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2014  Student Writer
Your photography is truly inspiring, sir! It isn't often I see such images that make me feel (:
MorkelErasmus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks - you are too kind!
sesam-is-open Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
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