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Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #14

It has been a while since the last post… Come again and explore the wilderness with us. We are rediscovering that only through sharing will we save this magnificent planet. Social media gives us the ability to share photographs, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge almost instantaneously with powerful effects. A great example of this is National Geographic’s “The Great Nature Project”. This is a worldwide celebration of our diverse planet through photographs submitted by people around the world. WE must all participate by tag all photograph uploads of plants and animals #GreatNature Become part of a Guinness World Record attempt to upload the largest-ever online photo album of nature photographs. The Great Nature Project is part of a new age of exploration by millions of people around the world with cameras and instruments gathering important data and research for a better world.

Guides, rangers, researchers, ecotourists, photographers, artists and conservationists around the world apply themselves everyday to sharing, studying, photographing, writing about and celebrating the “wild” with their guests, co-workers, colleagues, and local communities. These amazing photographs are a window into their world, a world where the lions, elephants, orangutans and leopards still reign supreme and we can dream of that perfect morning in the wilderness. Ranger Diaries and The Bush Boyes have teamed up to bring you the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness”. These stunning photographs are selected from hundreds of submissions and are intended to bring the beauty, freedom and splendour of the wilderness to as many people as possible around the world.

Submit your best photographs from the wildest places to the The Bush Boyes Facebook page or Ranger Diaries website, and stand a chance of being featured in the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness” published each week.

 

Flamingos and geysers by Ken Dyball. Photographed at Lake Bogoria, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

Flamingos and geysers by Ken Dyball. Photographed at Lake Bogoria, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” (John Muir)

 

Rhino rainbows. Rhino horn is worth more than gold on the black market. Photograph by guide Chad Cocking at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

Rhino rainbows. Rhino horn is worth more than gold on the black market. Photograph by guide Chad Cocking at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” (Henry David Thoreau)

 

Plains zebra, photographed by guide Phill Steffny in Botswana (phillsteffnysafaris.com)

Plains zebra, photographed by guide Phill Steffny in Botswana (phillsteffnysafaris.com)

 

“I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” (Aldo Leopold)

 

No fear…when you are on top of the food chain. Photographed by Dana Allen in the Savute Channel, Linyanti, Botswana. (photosafari-africa.net)

No fear…when you are on top of the food chain. Photographed by Dana Allen in the Savute Channel, Linyanti, Botswana. (photosafari-africa.net)

 

“There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love showing itself whether recognized or no, and however covered by cares and duties” (John Muir)

 

Leap of luck by guide Pierre Mouton. Photographed at Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa (pierremoutonphotography.blogspot.com)

Leap of luck by guide Pierre Mouton. Photographed at Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa (pierremoutonphotography.blogspot.com)

 

“The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.” (Nancy Wynne Newhall)

 

Ground pangolin by guide Kyle de Nobrega . Photgraphed at Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa. (tswalu.com/ inthestixx.com)

Ground pangolin by guide Kyle de Nobrega . Photgraphed at Tswalu, Kalahari, South Africa. (tswalu.com/ inthestixx.com)

 

“It is a commonplace of all religious thought, even the most primitive, that the man seeking visions and insight must go apart from his fellows and love for a time in the wilderness.” (Loren Eisley)

 

Giant petrel killing a juvenile king penguin, by guide Marius Coetzee of Oryx Photographic Expeditions. Photographed in South Georgia, Antarctica. (www.oryxphotography.com)

Giant petrel killing a juvenile king penguin, by guide Marius Coetzee of Oryx Photographic Expeditions. Photographed in South Georgia, Antarctica. (www.oryxphotography.com)

 

“Nothing truly wild is unclean.” (John Muir)

 

Oryx and the sand by Ken Dyball . Photographed in the Namib Desert, Namibia (purenaturesafaris.com)

Oryx and the sand by Ken Dyball . Photographed in the Namib Desert, Namibia (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

Zambia’s Bangweulu Wetlands are recognized by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the “Ramsar Convention”) as one of the most important wetlands on earth.

 

Which way to survival? By guide Rudi Holshof, photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa (big5africansafari.blogspot.com)

Which way to survival? By guide Rudi Holshof, photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa (big5africansafari.blogspot.com)

 

“I thought of the wilderness we had left behind us, open to sea and sky, joyous in its plenitude and simplicity, perfect yet vulnerable, unaware of what is coming, defended by nothing, guarded by no one.” (Edward Abbey)

 

Motion, by Douglas Croft.  A cheetah races to catch up with his brothers. Photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa.

Motion, by Douglas Croft. A cheetah races to catch up with his brothers. Photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa.

 

“A flower’s structure leads a bee toward having pollen adhere to its body . . . we don’t know of any such reason why beautiful places attract humans.” (David Rains Wallace)

 

Black-maned lion, by Ken Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

Black-maned lion, by Ken Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“A world without huge regions of total wilderness would be a cage; a world without lions and tigers and vultures and snakes and elk and bison would be – will be – a human zoo. A high-tech slum.” (Edward Abbey)

 

Waking beauty by guide Calvin Kotze. A young male leopard starts to wake as the sun sets behind him. Photographed at Ulusaba, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (Ulusaba.com)

Waking beauty by guide Calvin Kotze. A young male leopard starts to wake as the sun sets behind him. Photographed at Ulusaba, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (Ulusaba.com)

 

“I think it is far more important to save one square mile of wilderness, anywhere, by any means, than to produce another book on the subject.” (Edward Abbey)

 

Bear buddies, by guide Andrew Schoeman of ODP Safaris. A couple of polar bears in a rare and brief moment of playfulness, photographed in Svalbard, Norway. (andrewschoemanphotography.co.za/outdoorphoto.co.za)

Bear buddies, by guide Andrew Schoeman of ODP Safaris. A couple of polar bears in a rare and brief moment of playfulness, photographed in Svalbard, Norway. (andrewschoemanphotography.co.za/outdoorphoto.co.za)

 

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”(Henry David Thoreau)

 

Snarl, by guide Tristan Dicks. Photographed at Lions Sands, Sabi Sands, South Africa (lionsands.com/ nyamazanephotography.co.za)

Snarl, by guide Tristan Dicks. Photographed at Lions Sands, Sabi Sands, South Africa (lionsands.com/ nyamazanephotography.co.za)

 

Did you know? The Okavango Delta is not a UNESCO World Heritage Site…

 

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” (Edward Abbey)

 

Giraffe dance, by guide Greg McCall-Peat. Photographed at Balule, Kruger Park, South Africa.

Giraffe dance, by guide Greg McCall-Peat. Photographed at Balule, Kruger Park, South Africa.

 

“The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders.” (Edward Abbey)

 

Backlit queen by guide Brendon Cremer.  “A lioness lies alert to her surroundings on a very cold winter’s night. She hears the calls of a hyena clan in the distance, a rival predator and eternal enemy.” (brendoncremer.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)

Backlit queen by guide Brendon Cremer. “A lioness lies alert to her surroundings on a very cold winter’s night. She hears the calls of a hyena clan in the distance, a rival predator and eternal enemy.” (brendoncremer.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)

 

“In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.” (Charles Lindbergh)

 

Curious cheetah, by guide Morkel Erasmus. “A young Kalahari cheetah gazes through the high green grass of summer to find out what all the commotion is about.” Photographed in the Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa. (morkelerasmus.com/ wild-eye.co.za)

Curious cheetah, by guide Morkel Erasmus. “A young Kalahari cheetah gazes through the high green grass of summer to find out what all the commotion is about.” Photographed in the Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa. (morkelerasmus.com/ wild-eye.co.za)

 

“No one should be able to enter a wilderness by mechanical means.” (Garrett Hardin)

 

Leopards leap, by guide Chad Cocking. “This mother leopard and her cub were photographed jumping across the Sabi River in South Africa's Kruger National Park. The mother had already led the little cub across one section of the river when she leapt across another. The cub was too small to make the jump and ended up swimming across the rapidly flowing river, but thankfully was reunited with its mother on the other side.” Photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa. (motswari.com)

Leopards leap, by guide Chad Cocking. “This mother leopard and her cub were photographed jumping across the Sabi River in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The mother had already led the little cub across one section of the river when she leapt across another. The cub was too small to make the jump and ended up swimming across the rapidly flowing river, but thankfully was reunited with its mother on the other side.”
Photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” (Rachel Carson)

 

Power display by guide Greg McCall-Peat. Photographed at Balule, Kruger Park, South Africa.

Power display by guide Greg McCall-Peat. Photographed at Balule, Kruger Park, South Africa.

 

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” (Crowfoot (Blackfoot))

 

Golden weaver, by Ken Dyball. This African golden weaver had built his nest over a pond, trying to attract females as he displays his bright yellow wings in the golden light. Photographed in Thika, Kenya (purenaturesafaris.com)

Golden weaver, by Ken Dyball. This African golden weaver had built his nest over a pond, trying to attract females as he displays his bright yellow wings in the golden light. Photographed in Thika, Kenya (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“Wilderness is the raw material out of which man has hammered the artifact called civilization.” (Aldo Leopold)

 

Don’t wake me up, by guide Calvin Kotze. The patience of a father wears dangerously thin. Photographed at Ulusaba, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (ulusaba.com)

Don’t wake me up, by guide Calvin Kotze. The patience of a father wears dangerously thin. Photographed at Ulusaba, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (ulusaba.com)

 

“Wilderness is a resource which can shrink but not grow… the creation of new wilderness in the full sense of the word is impossible.” (Aldo Leopold)

 

Giving chase by guide Gareth Carter of Untamed Odyssey, photographed in the Kruegr Park, South Africa. The old Cape buffalo bull had a fractured leg, and although he got the upper hand in this image, a few hours later this male and his brothers pulled the buffalo down. (untamedodyssey.com)

Giving chase by guide Gareth Carter of Untamed Odyssey, photographed in the Kruegr Park, South Africa. The old Cape buffalo bull had a fractured leg, and although he got the upper hand in this image, a few hours later this male and his brothers pulled the buffalo down. (untamedodyssey.com)

 

“In God’s wildness lies the hope of the world – the great fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.” (John Muir)

 

Backlit elephant by guide Marius Coetzee of Oryx Photographic Expeditions , photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya (oryxphotography.com)

Backlit elephant by guide Marius Coetzee of Oryx Photographic Expeditions , photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya (oryxphotography.com)

 

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” (John Muir)

 

Serval kitten watching approaching hyena by Ken Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

Serval kitten watching approaching hyena by Ken Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“Our dead never forget this beautiful world that gave them being. They still love its verdant valleys, its murmuring rivers, its magnificent mountains, sequestered vales and verdant lined lakes and bays, and ever yearn in tender fond affection over the lonely hearted living, and often return from the happy hunting ground to visit, guide, console, and comfort them.” (Chief Seattle (Suquamish))

 

eopard in a marula tree by guide Keith Connelly. Photgraphed at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

eopard in a marula tree by guide Keith Connelly. Photgraphed at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” (Henry David Thoreau)

 

“Every year, my brother (Chris Boyes), Pete (“the Nare”) Hugo, Giles (“Prince William”) Trevethick and I (Dr Steve Boyes) cross the Okavango Delta, top to bottom, on mokoros (dug-out canoes) to survey the distribution and abundance of wetland birds, advocate for World Heritage Status, and share this amazing wilderness with accompanying scientists, explorers and special guests. My wife, Dr Kirsten Wimberger, joined us for the first time this year. No one will forget what happened on the 2012 expedition…”

See: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/26/bush-boyes-on-expedition-okavango-wetland-bird-survey/

In 2013, we are embarking on the Okavango River Expedition. This will be a 1,750km odyssey down the Okavango River from the source near Huambo (Angola) all the way down the catchment, across the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), and into Botswana to cross the Okavango Delta via one of our planet’s last untouched wilderness areas. Our objective is to support the Okavango World Heritage Project and achieve UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Okavango Delta and the entire catchment. See: http://www.okavangofilm.com/

 

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Comments

  1. Jeremy
    Buffalo
    August 28, 2013, 6:25 pm

    national geo. I sure hope you pay these artist well for these photos. They are truly some of the best I have ever seen.

  2. Winston Derby
    SoCal
    August 28, 2013, 3:14 pm

    Beautiful photos and text selection. Really helped to pump up my sense of gratitude for the beauty in life. Thank you.

  3. Patrick Fueta
    Abuja,Nigeria
    August 28, 2013, 9:07 am

    To God be the glory for empowering me to join the happy world of national geography, it makes me feel great and very close to nature. Thanks

  4. Ed Cannon
    Coeur D' Alene, Idaho
    August 27, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Great selection of photos. Love the cats & “Big Cat Diary”.

  5. Dipak Sindhavad
    Somnath
    August 26, 2013, 9:09 am

    Very Very Nice Photo & Nice Clik…..