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On the Road Again: Anette Travels to Namibia, Africa in March 2019

 

Photograph of tourists climb a red sand dune in Sossusvlei in Namibia. Blue sky above this huge sand dune

Tourists Navigate the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes of Namibia, Africa. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

“Namibia is the hidden jewel of Africa. This is why I visit often, and I also lead photo adventure tours here as well. It is still pristine territory – an experience that no one will ever forget!” – Anette

 

African lioness stalking through high grassland wildlife photographer Anette

A female lion locks eyes with my camera, as she stalks me in Etosha National Park • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Have you heard of Namibia?

This beautiful country lies in the southern one-third of the African continent. It is to the northwest of South Africa, where I currently call home, and to the west of Botswana.

I have traveled here many times due to its extensive natural resources and wildlife.

Here you will find amazing landscapes including the Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, and the Sossusvlei Sand Dunes to name a few.

The wildlife here is diverse and plentiful. For the photographer, it is significant to realize that Namibia holds a significant cheetah population. It is really something to experience a cheetah in full stride while on the hunt. There are also plenty of other game including rhino, giraffes, lions, zebras, and elephants to name a few.

Namibia is an ever-evolving story, which is why I return often to photograph.

After every trip, I plunge through my images, and inevitably, I believe that I can find better light, or a better angle, or a more dramatic moment.

In truth, I really just want to go back and take more pictures!

 

Photograph of two African young elephant bulls play fight in the late afternoon light in the Namibian savannah of Etosha National Park

Two young elephant bulls fight in the late afternoon light in Etosha National Park. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

I will be spending eight days in the Etosha National Park, where I hope to photograph several new species.

 

Map of Etosha National Park, the eastern part. Showing Camps and waterholes, roads

Map courtesy • Etosha National Park, their website offers free downloadable maps.

 

 

African Desert elephant bull walking towards the wildlife photographer Anette in the dry Hoanib river bed in Namibia, Africa

The Hoanib River Bed is home to Desert Elephants, as well as many other amazing animals, such as giraffes and springboks. • by Anette Mossbacher

 

I will also spend time in Hoanib River Bed. Here, among other animals, I will search for the allusive Desert Elephant and Desert Lion. They are extremely difficult to spot in the harsh landscape.

 

Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of Hoanib river in Namibia, Africa

Picture courtesy • Screenshot of Google maps showing the location of Hoanib river in Namibia

 

I love to drive up through the riverbed. To both sides, left and right, mountains jut dramatically up into the sky. Dust is everywhere. In all of my trips this spot, I have never witnessed any water in the riverbed.

If you dream of Africa, this is the place. Off road for sure, it is desolate and remote. Wildlife here is not used to human interaction, and will occasionally become aggressive towards vehicles.

It is a good idea to travel with company here!

 

African elephant and rhinos drinking at a waterhole in the evening. Stars in the dark blue sky.

Elephant and rhinos seek water as the glow of dusk settles into a complete darkness. The landscape reverberates with the sounds of wild nocturnal animals waking up. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Next, I will be off to Swakopmund

Swakopmund is a beautiful coastal city that is home to a number of tiny creatures that I wish to photograph: Namaqua Chameleon, Sidewinder snake, Shovel-snouted lizard, the Cartwheeling spider, and the Palmetto gecko.

Don’t be fooled by their diminutive size. These creatures are elusive. Despite previous attempts, I have never captured a single frame of any of them.

I see this as a challenge, and I think this may be my lucky trip! Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?

 

This zebra rests, while finding safety in the middle of the herd. Taken in Etosha National Park • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

Wildlife is always a primary interest in my personal travels, as well as my photography workshops, and my privately led photo adventure tours.

However, I am always keen to capture unique landscape photography as well.

 

Epupa Falls with Baobab trees. The Epupa Falls are created by the Cunene River on the border of Angola and Namibia, in the Kaokoland area of the Kunene Region. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

The areas of exquisite landscape that I will be visiting on this trip include; Epupa Water Falls and Sossusvlei / Namib Naukluft National Park.

 

Early morning light skims across several Acacia trees in the Sossusvlei Dead Vlei of the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. This area is surrounded by beautiful red sand dunes. In my line of work, you must get up very early! • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

While in Swakopmond, I plan to photograph from the air. I will rent a small plane and capture a bird’s eye view of the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Naukluft National Park.

Aerial photography is so much fun. If you’ve never tried it, you must join me on a tour, and I will teach you the ropes to these exciting images from above.

 

The red sand dunes of the Skeleton Coast, as viewed from the air. • Photograph by Anette Mossbacher

 

My last stop will be the Sossusvlei Landscape

My last stop on this trip will be the Sossusvlei landscape. This landscape is stunning! The area is surrounded by blood red sand dunes. Many of the black dead Acacia trees, which dot the Clay & Salt Pan (sometimes referred to as “Camel Thorn Trees”), are over 900 years old.

I sometimes refer to this area as “Dead Shot” – meaning it has been over-photographed.

However, this is the thing about Africa. Nothing stays the same. Every day can offer a new composition never before seen.

So… Off, I go!

See you next time – when I am “On the Road Again”.

 

Wild Animals Images – Amazing Images for Every Space

Amazing Photographs for Every Project or Space

There are few photographs for a home or office as powerful as wild animals images, especially African animal photo prints. No matter what the space is, from classic Gothic to ultra-modern, photographs from the natural world can enhance any space, bringing photographs of a world without man into human spaces.

Wild animals images are as well for magazines, books, commercial or marketing and even for designing your website. Nature, wildlife and landscape photographs, the asset for web designers, marketers and business owners. Distinctive and memorable nature photographs are available for your immediate high resolution download in my photo galleries with rights managed or royalty free license.

I have been photographing nature and wildlife from Africa to the Arctic, from Southeast Asia to Japan, and I know that these are photographs are more than simply beautiful. They inspire emotions that humans have been feeling for millions of years.

 

Wild Animals images, African Elephant Bulls Fight in the savannah of the Etosha national park in Namibia

Two African elephant bulls fight in the savannah of Africa

Wild Animals Images for the Office, Editorial or Designers

Decorating An Office or a Website

Decorating an office or a website can be a difficult affair. It’s important to avoid any pictures that display a political ideology or religion. In the world of business, as all businesses become more global, the risk of alienating customers is a very real.

Many of the classic pictures from museums have a religious origin. Many modern art images are inscrutable and a bit off-putting for those who don’t understand the picture itself.

Wild animals images, such as the African wildlife photo prints and images from the Arctic, carry none of those stigmas. These pictures are relaxing and fit most decor, including the very modern to the classic stylings.

Many of these images also convey a certain mood and attitude. Here are a few examples:

      • Photos of elephants are excellent in an office where strength and stability are sought. Established law offices and accountants would find these types of images convey a solidity and reliability that they’re seeking.
      • Lions, tigers, and leopards are excellent for offices where aggressive power is preferred. Defense attorneys’, stock brokers’, and sports agents’ offices would be excellent.
      • Polar bears are perfect for offices, like technology companies. The white bear, white background, and the clean lines are excellent for the open spaces that many of the offices have.

 

African Lion B&W Art picture, fine art photograph for photo prints. Lion looking proudly back to his pride in the savannah

African Lion black and white photograph. This Lion was looking back to his pride

Wild Animals Images for Home

Every home decor can be home for wild animals images and nature photographs. Putting pictures up in nearly any home can help to add beauty and inspiration.

In a traditional country home, photos of animals from the local area are great. Homes that are more gothic or classical in design would be ideally complemented by photo prints of lions and other large cats.

Most importantly, choosing a style of photo that best fits the homeowner’s vision and ideas will be perfect. There are many choices that are amazing for every decor.

Some of my favourite photographs are the ones that I’ve taken of some of the world’s rarest wildlife, even the ones that I haven’t seen yet.

      • Black rhinos are so rare that there are only five thousand left in the world. Looking into their eyes as I took their picture I felt a love for them that was indescribable.
      • Curious, fearless, and adorable, the honey badger is a gorgeous animal that I was so excited to see in the wild.
      • Africa’s wild dogs are endangered. They were fun to watch and a bit terrifying. These pack animals can be at once playful and vicious.
      • There are penguins in Africa. On the list of animals that most beloved being cute and fun, penguins are at the top. African penguins are wonderful to watch.
      • A creature that looks like a prehistoric nightmare, the pangolin is like an anteater wearing a suit of armor.
      • The African black-footed cat looks like a house cat, but it’s not. It’s the smallest wild cat in Africa.
      • Aardvarks are slightly comical and make us want to stop and look more closely. (Not yet.)
      • Panthers are more than just scary. They are incredibly beautiful and mysterious, like a sliver of nighttime that has come to life. (Nope. Not this one yet either.)
      • Last not least, the lions and polar bears.

 
I haven’t been able to photograph all of the animals. Many are endangered or in decline.

 

Polar Bear standing at a rocky beach on a big boulder overlooking the Arctic Ocean in Svalbard Norway

Polar Bear standing at the edge on a beach overlooking the Artic Ocean in Svalbard / Norway

Color vs Black and White Photo Prints

Making the choice between black and white and color images is more than simply a matter of taste.

Colors evoke a mental state that arises spontaneously!

What the color of an image does for the emotions?

When choosing between color and black white animal photos, the feeling that a black and white image gives can change the meaning of the photo. For example, an image of a cheetah in black and white adds a bit of mystery and a classic feeling to the image. In color, there’s power and a feeling that this fantastic cat might take off at record speeds.

Images of elephants in black and white feel rustic, like the images of these majestic creatures from a time when there were fewer people in the world. In color, the gray and dark shadows of the elephant against the golden grass of a savannah or the green of jungle give a feeling that the animal is an alien creature in a brightly colored world.

Emotions and animals
As I’ve been pointing out, the emotions that animals evoke in us are visceral and intense. Pictures of wolves still give us a tiny twinge of fear. Lions and cheetahs empower us and make us feel like we can conquer the whole world. Images of elephants evoke strong emotions of safety and love.

 

Wild Animal, African Leopard stalking down a big tree trunk in Botswana.Eye focus on prey

This African leopard had a group of Impalas in its eyes while stalking down a big tree trunk

African Animal Prints – Capturing for Conservation

The only shooting that should be going on in Africa is shooting with cameras. While it might seem like a small gesture, purchasing images of animals in endangered areas, such as elephants in Africa or polar bears in the Arctic, provides more incentive for people to protect and conserve these majestic animals and their habitat.

As part of my life as a photographer, I have worked hard to make sure that I record images of these majestic wildlife and their habitats. As I noted in the list of animals above, I haven’t been able to photograph many of these animals because they are so rare.

Purchasing quality photographic prints from photographers, like me who lead photographic safaris, is a perfect way to promote eco-tourism. When these animals are more valuable alive for tourists than they are dead for some hunters wall, there will be a much larger push to promote conservation.

Wild Animals Images for You. No matter what wild animals images you choose, in black and white or color, you are bringing a piece of nature, often rare and endangered, into your project or home.