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Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #17

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.

 

Giraffe care, by guide Jacques Matthysen. Photographed at Kariega, Eastern Cape, South Africa (kariega.com)

Giraffe care, by guide Jacques Matthysen. Photographed at Kariega, Eastern Cape, South Africa (kariega.com)

 

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” (Mother Teresa)

 

Giraffe reflections by Mario Moreno. Photographed in Moremi, Okavango, Botswana. (www.mariomorenophotography.com)

Giraffe reflections by Mario Moreno. Photographed in Moremi, Okavango, Botswana. (www.mariomorenophotography.com)

 

“Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Caracal hunting by Ken and Michelle Dyball. Photographed in the Maaia Mara, Kenya. (www.purenaturesafaris.com)

Caracal hunting by Ken and Michelle Dyball. Photographed in the Maaia Mara, Kenya. (www.purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” (Henry David Thoreau)

 

Back off, by guide Andrew Schoeman. A male leopard making it very clear that the attention of this spotted hyena was not welcome at all. Photographed at Elephant Plains, Sabi Sands, South Africa.  (andrewschoemanphotography.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)

Back off, by guide Andrew Schoeman. A male leopard making it very clear that the attention of this spotted hyena was not welcome at all. Photographed at Elephant Plains, Sabi Sands, South Africa.
(andrewschoemanphotography.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)

 

“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)

 

Cheetah cubs at play by guide Nicky Silberbauer. Photographed at Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (nickysilberbauer.com/ andbeyond.com)

Cheetah cubs at play by guide Nicky Silberbauer. Photographed at Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (nickysilberbauer.com/ andbeyond.com)

 

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” (Lao Tzu)

 

Big-eyed bushbuck by guide Jono Harper. A bushbuck miraculously escapes the jaws of a Nile crocodile. Photographed at Lion Sands, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (lionsands.com)

Big-eyed bushbuck by guide Jono Harper. A bushbuck miraculously escapes the jaws of a Nile crocodile. Photographed at Lion Sands, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (lionsands.com)

 

“All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.” (Marie Curie)

 

Exploring the new world by guide Kyle de Nobrega. Photographed at Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa (tswalu.com/ inthestixx.com)

Exploring the new world by guide Kyle de Nobrega. Photographed at Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa (tswalu.com/ inthestixx.com)

 

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.” (Walt Whitman)

 

Leopard silhouette by guide Andrea Campbell. Photographed at Savanna, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (savannalodge.com)

Leopard silhouette by guide Andrea Campbell. Photographed at Savanna, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (savannalodge.com)

 

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” (Iris Murdoch)

 

Stalker, by guide Ryan Hillier. Lioness closing in on a herd of eland.  Photographed at Kwandwe, Eastern Cape, South Africa. (kwandwe.com)

Stalker, by guide Ryan Hillier. Lioness closing in on a herd of eland. Photographed at Kwandwe, Eastern Cape, South Africa. (kwandwe.com)

 

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” (William Shakespeare)

 

Toes in, by guide Keith Connelly. A leopard tests the water at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

Toes in, by guide Keith Connelly. A leopard tests the water at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“The least movement is of importance to all nature. The entire ocean is affected by a pebble.” (Blaise Pascal)

 

Isolated, by guide Nicky Silberbauer. Blue wildebeest standing guard, photographed in the Masai Mara, Kanya. (nickysilberbauer.com)

Isolated, by guide Nicky Silberbauer. Blue wildebeest standing guard, photographed in the Masai Mara, Kanya. (nickysilberbauer.com)

 

“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” (Claude Monet)

 

Misty herd, by Marina Cano. Photographed in Amboseli, Kenya. (marinacano.com)

Misty herd, by Marina Cano. Photographed in Amboseli, Kenya. (marinacano.com)

 

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” (Kahlil Gibran)

 

Serval kittens by Ken and Michelle Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

Serval kittens by Ken and Michelle Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Tree throne, by Michael Moth. A leopard surveys the woodland. Photographed at Lion Sands, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (lionsands.com)

Tree throne, by Michael Moth. A leopard surveys the woodland. Photographed at Lion Sands, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (lionsands.com)

 

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” (Frank Lloyd Wright)

 

Hyena queen by guide Dave Pusey. “This sunset sighting of a huge spotted hyena female provided a great opportunity for a silhouette shot of her impressive profile. Her thick neck and full belly accentuate the confidence in her stride.”  Photographed in the Timabavti, South Africa.

Hyena queen by guide Dave Pusey. “This sunset sighting of a huge spotted hyena female provided a great opportunity for a silhouette shot of her impressive profile. Her thick neck and full belly accentuate the confidence in her stride.”
Photographed in the Timabavti, South Africa.

 

“The sun, with all those plants revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” (Galileo)

 

Last breath by guide Andrea Campbell. Nile crocodile goes into stealth mode. Photographed at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

Last breath by guide Andrea Campbell. Nile crocodile goes into stealth mode. Photographed at Motswari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” (Linda Hogan)

 

Aardwolf, by guide Jacques Matthysen. This is a rare image of this seldom-encountered, termite-eating member of the hyena family. Photographed at Kariega, Eastern Cape, South Africa (kariega.com)

Aardwolf, by guide Jacques Matthysen. This is a rare image of this seldom-encountered, termite-eating member of the hyena family. Photographed at Kariega, Eastern Cape, South Africa (kariega.com)

 

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” (Rabindranath Tagore)

 

Life and death by James Kydd. Trees battle for survival in the flood waters of Lake Nakuru, Kenya. (rangerdiaries.com/ indritours.com)

Life and death by James Kydd. Trees battle for survival in the flood waters of Lake Nakuru, Kenya. (rangerdiaries.com/ indritours.com)

 

“We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.” (William Hazlett)

 

Upright leopard by guide Keith Connelly. A mongoose-like pose rarely used by a leopard. Photographed at Mostwari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

Upright leopard by guide Keith Connelly. A mongoose-like pose rarely used by a leopard. Photographed at Mostwari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world.  Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.”  (Janine M. Benyus)

 

White lion cub, by guide Andrea Campbell. Photographed at Mostwari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

White lion cub, by guide Andrea Campbell. Photographed at Mostwari, Timbavati, South Africa. (motswari.com)

 

“There is something of the marvelous in all things of nature.”  (Aristotle)

 

Sunrise in Africa, by Mario Moreno. Photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa. (www.mariomorenophotography.com)

Sunrise in Africa, by Mario Moreno. Photographed in the Kruger Park, South Africa. (www.mariomorenophotography.com)

 

Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.

(Edna Jaques)

 

Aggression, by guide Brendon Cremer. “The aggression displayed by mating lions during the early stages of copulation can be quite intimidating, with plenty of growling, snarling and biting during the process…. and then comes the dismount which is always an impressive act.” Photographed at Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (brendoncremerphotography.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)

Aggression, by guide Brendon Cremer. “The aggression displayed by mating lions during the early stages of copulation can be quite intimidating, with plenty of growling, snarling and biting during the process…. and then comes the dismount which is always an impressive act.”
Photographed at Phinda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. (brendoncremerphotography.co.za/ outdoorphoto.co.za)

 

“The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature,–of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,–such health, such cheer, they afford forever!”  (Henry David Thoreau)

 

Blue wildebeest crossing the crocodile infested Mara River, by Ken and Michelle Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

Blue wildebeest crossing the crocodile infested Mara River, by Ken and Michelle Dyball. Photographed in the Masai Mara, Kenya. (purenaturesafaris.com)

 

“Only spread a fern-frond over a man’s head and worldly cares are cast out, and freedom and beauty and peace come in.” (John Muir)

 

Pure comfort, by guide Jason Glanville. A young leopard waits patiently for the return of her hunting mother. Photographed at Kirkman’s Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (andbeyond.com)

Pure comfort, by guide Jason Glanville. A young leopard waits patiently for the return of her hunting mother. Photographed at Kirkman’s Camp, Sabi Sands, South Africa. (andbeyond.com)

 

“In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, – no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

 

Buffalo kill by guide Jacques-Pierre Joubert. A male lion positions himself under the deadly horns and goes for the jugular and the wind pipe. Photographed at Phinda, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. (andbeyond.com)

Buffalo kill by guide Jacques-Pierre Joubert. A male lion positions himself under the deadly horns and goes for the jugular and the wind pipe. Photographed at Phinda, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. (andbeyond.com)

 

“The forest makes your heart gentle.  You become one with it… No place for greed or anger there.” (Pha Pachak)

 

“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. Edward Lekganyane
    pretoria
    October 23, 2013, 10:18 am

    Thank you for reminding us everyday how fortunate we are…having preserved this natural beauty for so many years….I feel blessed..!

  2. subramanian chockalingam
    Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India.
    October 19, 2013, 9:06 am

    Beautiful photos, It reflects the Years of hard work and dedication of the photographers.Great jop, I congrats every one.