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This series was inspired by my third visit to Africa, this time to the country of South Africa.  It was here my dream to experience the raw and natural beauty of this unique part of the world was realized.   My husband and I explored Cape Town, the South African wine trail, and ended our adventures at the Pilanesberg game reserve two hours from Johannesburg.  

 

When we arrived at the safari lodge I was able to fully immerse myself in the landscapes and the animals.   It was here for the first time, I was able to experience these majestic creatures free and unencumbered unlike what most of us experience in a zoo, myself included.  I was initially excited to see the lions and zebras but developed an appreciation for the rhinos!  Sadly, they are being poached on a daily basis for their horns.  With that in mind you will see two points that resinate in many of the animal pieces, either silhouetted or black and white to signify possible extinction.  It’s important to not treat these creatures as commodities in the market place but instead show them the respect they deserve.

The mighty elephant leading the pack

The mighty elephant leading the pack

South African Rhino

South African Rhino

Cape Zebra

Cape Zebra

Another fine day in the bush

Another fine day in the bush

Another perfect start to the day

Another perfect start to the day

Snapshot from the Preserve

Snapshot from the Preserve

Ripe for the taking

Ripe for the taking

On the South African wine trail

On the South African wine trail

Mother & Child

Mother & Child

The march through the bush

The march through the bush

Sunset in Pilanesburg

Sunset in Pilanesburg

Rhino in red

Rhino in red

Elephant in green

Elephant in green

Giraffe in yellow

Giraffe in yellow

Cape zebra in blue

Cape zebra in blue

Deep in the African bush

Deep in the African bush