You Ought to be in Pictures

11 Oct

Road Scholars learn that great photographs are always just around the corner.

Elephant Sunset, Zimbabwe, September 19, 2013

Elephant Sunset, Zimbabwe, September 19, 2013.

(Winthrop, Massachusetts, October 11, 2013) Inspired by an unlimited supply of once-in-a-lifetime views, Road Scholar participants from all over North America recently gathered along the banks of – and sometimes on – the Zambezi River and its tributaries in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Equipped with various cameras and lenses, they sought the right combination of wildlife, scenery, and spontaneity that define the perfect picture.

A young giraffe obliges with a pose.

A young giraffe obliges with a pose.

There was no shortage of subject matter in any of the national parks we visited. All species of four-legged creatures, birds, and even fearsome crocodiles, lizards, and snakes took turns appearing in our viewfinders. Sometimes it felt like there were just too many great shots.

Barbara Alm shares photo tips with a friend.

Barbara Alm shares photo tips with a friend.

In fact, we photographers had more to consider than Africa’s many animals. Every day, we visited with local residents, young and old, to share their experiences and create new ones along the way. We all spoke English, but even better, we also shared the common languages of curiosity, friendship, and fun.

Quick! The light is fantastic!

Quick! The light is fantastic!

Don’t let images like this one fool you. Traveling from sunrise to sunset and beyond by boat, jeep, and on foot in search of that perfect photograph is hard work. And the animals never seem to cooperate in providing that up-close and personal perspective a great picture requires.

A big lunchtime distraction, September 23, 2013.

A big lunchtime distraction, September 23, 2013.

Except when they do. One day, we didn’t need to travel at all to find a willing subject. At Mfuwe Lodge on the South Luangwa River, George the Elephant came to mug for our cameras, striding the sidewalks and munching on flowers that had fallen onto the main building’s thatched roof.

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Road Scholar

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Road Scholar.

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One Response to “You Ought to be in Pictures”

  1. Darla October 12, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Great fun and so glad we shared it will you and Cameron! Looking forward to your next installment about our fabulous trip.

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