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