• As I drove with guests through the beautiful Yellow Fever Acacia forest of Solio Ranch in Laikipia in early February I was amazed at the beauty of the landscape, with the Mt Kenya rising in the background and rays of light shining in beams through the trees. A tight group of White Rhinoceroses grazed peacefully. I put on my longest lens and waited for the moment when the light would hit the Rhino's eye as he looked at me. Only for this very brief second his position and the light came together perfectly at the right distance. Rhinos are endangered throughout Africa but in Solio they found a safe haven.
    IN A GIANT'S EYE, Solio, 2019
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  • TOGETHER, Serengeti, 2019
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  • Sitting in the tent overlooking the Olare Orok river reviewing the images from the last safari. There have been many amazing moments but the highlight has been a super dramatic thunderstorm in the Masai Mara, while we were sitting with the Five Male Cheetahs coalition. In the morning we had seen them try to hunt a Topi unsuccessfully. They were hungry but the rain held them still for a while. It was amazing to be just us with them, as the clouds built up in the east. Such a total connection with the animals and their land. I totally love this kind of weather, though it makes for some really hard driving in mud! This image features three of the five, the other two were lying slightly to the side. After the thunderstorm they targeted a baby Zebra and this time they were successful. 
    THREE CHEETAHS AND THUNDERSTORM, Masai Mara, 2019
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  • MALE LION IN BLOWING WIND, Serengeti, 2015
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  • This is probably my favourite image of Tim, one of Africa's biggest living tuskers. It was fascinating to watch him come closer and closer to my vehicle on that gloomy morning in February, grazing along the way. I took images at various distances until he almost didn't fit in my wide angle anymore. At that moment a sudden noise from another vehicle spooked him briefly and he raised his massive head for a split second. Then he resumed feeding. He is such a relaxed elephant when he is inside the park. However, he spends a lot of time outside the park, where he is much more wary of vehicles. His and the other elephants' safety is preciously guarded by a number of great organizations working in the Amboseli ecosystem. Thanks for the amazing work to the Kenya Wildlife Service, Big Life Foundation and the Amboseli Trust for Elephants in particular. Kenya must be proud to be home to quite a few Elephants like Tim. 
    ENCOUNTER WITH TIM, Amboseli, 2016
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  • SERVAL MOTHER AND CUB, Masai Mara, 2018
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  • A late migration for sure in the Mara this year, with the first major crossings of the Mara river happening at the beginning of August. This is a moment from one of these crossings. A lioness appears out of nowhere and chases Wildebeests and Zebras around until she finally managed to catch a Wildebees calf. Scenes like this make the Migration an extremely exciting time to be in the Mara. 
    AMBUSH AT THE RIVER, Masai Mara, 2018
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  • Under thunder clouds one late evening in June a Lioness is followed closely by a young male. 
    LIONESS UNDER DARK SKY, Masai Mara, 2018
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  • Such is the passage of time... another male Lion that I have been particularly attached to has left his earthly life, probably died of old age. His name was Bob Marley, because of the many dreadlocks in his beautiful black mane. He lived a long life in the endless short-grass plains of the Serengeti. Since 2017 he and his brother Ziggy had taken control of a new territory around some truly beautiful kopjes. They have new cubs who I hope will survive to independence. Last I saw him he was dragging a Zebra carcass to the shade this past March. This image is from February 2017 just when he was settling in in his new home. 
    MALE LION ON ROCKY OUTROP, Serengeti, 2017
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  • One of the Mara's most magnificent males, he died in May of 2018. In this image he still looks strong and powerful, his eyes look towards the future, to a new day tomorrow, a new sun to greet with his mighty roars, maybe to a new life.
    PORTRAIT OF LIPSTICK, Masai Mara, 2018
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  • An afternoon to remember. A torrential and never-ending downpour, a huge rocky boulder and a leopard who made it the den for her tiny two-months old cubs. I was completely soaked by the time I got back to camp past 9pm, after getting stuck a couple of times. But immensely grateful for having been able to spend time with such a magnificent creature in the most amazing setting and weather conditions one could imagine. 
    LEOPARD ON ROCK IN THE RAIN, Serengeti, 2018
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  • MALE LION ON ROCK, Serengeti, 2017
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  • A moment from one of my most memorable encounters in the wild. We searched him relentlessly through the bushes and acacia woodlands, until finally in the distance, his two magnificent and unmistakable tusks glimmered in the sun. We cautiously approached. Tim walked across an opening in the bushes, followed by two smaller bulls. He came right down towards us and when his amazing tusks and head perfectly filled the frame he blew a trunk-load of dusts on his body.
    TIM DUSTBATHING, Amboseli, 2018
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  • Just back from the Mara from our first safari of the year. I truly love photographing in the rain and this time was no exception. One evening a very strong storm came in from the northwest, accompanied by heavy winds, dramatic clouds moving fast across the sky and amazing lightning. The ridge pride of Lions rested out in the open until almost nightfall, when the storm woke them up. We managed to photograph the lightning behind the lions when it was almost dark, before heading back to camp through the heart of the thunderstorm.
    LIONS AND LIGHTNING, Masai Mara, 2018
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  • Hunter, Sikio and Morani, three amazing male Lions who roam the western Mara, exchange greetings in the early morning light. This morning in July 2016 is the first time I saw them south of the Talek river. They were obviously exploring new territories, and it was great to see them pause every once in a while, sit down, explore the horizon. The next day they were back to the northwest but from that day, their excursions to the south side of Talek have been more frequent. Their famous brother Scar was not with them that day. 
    THREE MALE LIONS, Masai Mara, 2016
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  • They are scattered in the plains, feeding on the fresh grass growing from the sun-baked soil. The cool of the morning starts giving way to the heat as the sun finally breaks through a thick layer of clouds. Suddenly a rumble, the matriarch gently moves forward a few steps in my direction. The others notice, they join in a line behind her. Another family is a short distance away. They too start moving at once. Ahead of them I notice the edge between shadow and light. I take position and wait for them to reach that area, hoping they will make a beautiful composition. 
    BETWEEN SHADE AND LIGHT, Amboseli, 2012
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  • Light shines through the foliage of ancient Fig Trees along the Talek River. One afternoon in June 2011 I was just driving along this beautiful river without a particular animal to search or track, like I seldom do. In my first few years in the Mara, the Talek river was prime game viewing area. There were an excellent leopard population, the resident Ol Kiombo pride of Lions, Cheetahs often giving birth on the plains surrounding it, confident Serval cats. Then something changed: from 2009, Maasai livestock has taken overt the area every night and many days. Sightings have dropped progressively, though the beauty of the landscape remains. Back to that afternoon, I was driving and stopping at every point of view on the river to scan. I was quite surprised when on one of the Fig Trees I saw a Reedbuck carcass, looking fresh. I decided to stop and wait to see who would show up. Not long after a Leopard appeared on the river bank. A female. She paused to stare at me briefly, before climbing the tree to feed. 
    LEOPARD ON RIVER BANK, Masai Mara, 2011
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  • Few other creatures can relax so profoundly on the African plains. Paws in the air to cool the body temperature down, Blacky is enjoying a break during a honeymoon with a Lioness of the Double Crossing pride. He is one of the Mara’s oldest males. With his two brothers he first showed up on the eastern side of the Mara River in 2012, coming from the Mara Triangle. One of the three quickly disappeared, but him and his brother Lipstick settled down. They first took control of the Paradise Plains, then expanded east towards the Talek river. They were then chased to the Rhino ridge by another coalition of four called 4 Musketeers, and have now ended up controlling the Topi plains and Double Crossing. Quite a journey in five years, meeting many females and siring many cubs along the way, and enduring many fights with other males. 
    LIONS REST, Masai Mara, 2017
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  • Probably one of my favorite images from this past season, a quartet of Giraffes silhouetted in the afternoon sky. I particularly like the giraffes’ composition, two in the front and two in the back. This picture has been taken in a spot of the Mara that for some reason is extremely productive. I was reflecting that in my book “Light and Dust” there are three images taken exactly in this place. And I left out a few others that could have easily made it. I am talking about the place affectionately known as “Smelly Crossing”, one of the vehicles’ crossing points on the Olare Orok River, in the heart of the Mara. This time these giraffes were eating salt at a salt-lick just on the river shore, when they were scared by nothing less than a group of passing Baboons. They walked up the ridge while keeping their eyes on them, giving us a chance to capture this picture from a low angle, enhanced by the dramatic clouds behind.
    FOUR GIRAFFES AND RAYS OF LIGHT, Masai Mara, 2017
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  • Early morning in the Mara along the Ntiakintiaki river, January 2017. A pride of Lions. This male has recently lost his brother. Lolpapit and Orbanoti, two powerful males in their prime are getting closer to his territory from the Olare Conservancy in the north. Blacky and Lipstick, two other big black-maned males, are moving in from the south. His reign is shrinking and is in peril. He marks his territory, looks towards the horizon. One of his cubs greets him in a cloud of dust. I immediately fell in love with this image, the way the cub looks at him, his tail arching under his father’s chin, the lion’s eyes focused on the future, the light coming from behind. Moments like this, where everything comes together, are rare and are what keeps me willing to spend more and more time out in the bush with these magnificent creatures.
    FATHER AND SON, Masai Mara, 2017
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  • Lorian is a leopard I first saw in 2007, when she was still less than two years old, living nearby her mother's territory, on a beautiful open stretch of the Ol Keju Rongai river. It was relatively easy to find her almost daily. She was a great hunter, sometimes she had two or three gazelles scattered on different trees at the same time. Then all of a sudden sometime in late 2008 she disappeared from her area. People were worried that she had died. Rumors even spread that she had been stolen by people who wanted her in a private conservancy. None of that was true. At the end of 2009 she was finally seen again, further to the north-east from her natal territory, where she is still thriving now. I saw her with three different litters through the years but so far it seems that only this cub, a female born in 2015, has survived to independence. This was a great evening in September 2015, they were out in the open, the cub was extremely playful, until evening fell and the rain came. They laid together, the cub started nursing. 
    LEOPARD AND CUB IN THE RAIN, Masai Mara, 2015
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  • During the years when I was based in Mara the coalition of male cheetahs that dominated the area was a group of three, sons of the late Cheetah named Honey. She was one of the Mara's most famous Cheetahs, but unfortunately she died in 2007 when vets darted her to treat her cubs who were showing conspicuous signs of mange. Something went wrong and she didn't survive that day. Terrible loss. Fortunately her cubs who were already about a year old survived. They were fed by the rangers until they were able to hunt for themselves. They carried their mother's genes and fathered most of the cubs born in the Mara between 2008 and 2013, if I remember correctly, when the last one was seen. In this image in June 2010 they are seen marking a solitary dead tree while at the same time scanning the plains for prey. 
    THREE CHEETAHS AND DEAD TREE, Masai Mara, 2010
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  • On the sandy shores of Lake Nakuru it was quite common some years ago to find Rhinos lounging in the sun or grazing. Since 2011 the raising water of the lake completely covered those plains, so Rhinos are much harder to see nowadays. This particular morning there was some tension in the air. This White Rhino and her calf were being harassed by a big bull who kept charging them, probably to separate the calf from the mother and have a chance to mate with her. The story continued for a couple of hours before the bull gave up and moved away. The mother could finally relax and the calf took the opportunity to play with her for a while. A beautiful intimate moment. 
    WHITE RHINO MOTHER AND CALF, Lake Nakuru, 2009
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  • March 2010, after some really heavy rains in the Southern Serengeti. Along a flooded valley a of Lioness had given birth to two small cubs. We found the Lioness and her sister lying by the side of the gulley. Lots of Yellow-billed Storks and Marabou Storks were flying above the flowing water, or perching on the top of the bushes and the Acacias. Suddenly one of the Lionesses disappeared into a bush not far from the water and came out with this tiny and fluffy cub in her mouth. She probably wanted to take it further away from the flowing water. 
    LIONESS WITH BABY IN HER MOUTH, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, 20
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