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The Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa. This body of water is the largest inland delta in the world, and one of the wildest parts of Southern Africa. Many of the animals inhabiting this region have never had human contact and thus, are as carnal as they come.

That’s a comforting thought, when you are spending two nights bush camping among this habitat lol! No toilets, showers or indoor areas, aside from our tents. At night time all was silent, apart from the calls of elephants, hyenas, jackals, and what I thought was a train moving in the distance.. turned out to be a pride of lions roaring after they had killed their dinner.

By mid afternoon the temperature reached 48 degrees celcius (118F) on our first day. That kind of heat is impossible to escape, with little to no humidity, the only water we had to drink had been turned hot with the heat. Needless to say, tempers flared and people cried. But hey, it was fun!

I took this photo as we were being poled across the delta to the island in its centre. We traveled in mokoros, African style gondolas, carved entirely out of one tree trunk.

Once on the island we trekked on foot, saw wild elephants, zebras, giraffes and wart hogs. Thankfully no lions, or other members of the big 5 turned up while were in such a vulnerable position.

On our first night, elephants almost stampeded our camp site. The matriarch appeared at one end of the camp, stepped on one of our groups tents and was threatened to charge. All I clearly remember was someone scream. Next thing I knew, we were all pushing each other out of the way to run. But run where? We were on the banks of a delta where crocodiles and hippos lived. In the trees were possibly leopards and beyond our camp we knew there were lions. For a brief moment I thought, death by elephant?? We were however, saved by one of our guides, who hurled a flaming log at the elephant, hitting it square on the head. The matriarch stopped in her tracks, stood still for about a minute (felt like an eternity) and retreated. All of us breathed a sigh of relief, till a girl in our group said “elephants never forget”. Gulp.

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Added texture from free use stock – t_a_g_g_e_r. Layered original shot twice, desaturared one layer. Added texture twice, altered hue slightly on both, increased brightness, decreased contrast.

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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  • Dinni H
    Dinni Habout 5 years ago

    excellent shot and treatment! looks like scene from the movie Anakonda!! you must had a awsome exprerience then!!

  • Hey it does look like a scene from that movie! Well spotted my friend. This was the adventure of a lifetime mate, would do it all over again. Thanks for the great comment :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...about 5 years ago

    parmi, I love, love, love, love this!!!! fantastic work!!! and wonderful story!!!! it’s all perfect!!! ;) ;) -Luisa

  • Ah Luisa, thank you so much my friend! I have been waiting to tell this story on here for a while, but could never get an appropriate image and treatment together. So glad you like this one, it was one of the best moments of my life! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeabout 5 years ago

    The texture really adds to the dimension and feel of this image…great pov as well.

  • Thanks so much Rick! I was hoping to bring this one to life with the texture, very much appreciated mate.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • AlteredLens
    AlteredLensabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant photo and what a story! Can’t wait too see and read more of your travels.
    Excellent processing work too mate, the textures and the tones really suit the subject.

    How long were you in Africa for??

  • Thanks a lot mate! Most of my Africa shots are on the last two pages of my folio, they were the first shots I put up. I spent five weeks in Africa, traveled through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and S.Africa. Incredible place, you can really feel how ancient everything is over there. Ahh i could go on about it for weeks haha!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerabout 5 years ago

    fabulous….great tones and textures!

  • Thanks so much, as always, Tara! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Aconcagua
    Aconcaguaabout 5 years ago

    Great story to go with your picture Andrew! What an adventure !!!

  • Thanks a lot mate! Adventure it was, never done anything that crazy in my life! haha

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful image and treatment with your words alongside it brings it all to live. what a wonderful experience, lots of memories and I hope more wonderful images.

  • Thank you so much Karen! I’m slowly sifting through the old images, so more should pop up along the way. So glad you are enjoying my crazy adventures :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 5 years ago

    Oh look forward to some more images of your adventures, great to get out and see the world or experience the heat. I have been lucky to go into the rainforest of Brunie, a experience to with heat and noise.

  • Ahh there is nothing better Karen! You share the passion for travel and adventure, that’s awesome. Brunie would have been incredible. Love those parts of the world that are just raw and alive with nature.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthabout 5 years ago

    A beauty Andrew, excellent work

  • Thanks a lot buddy, really glad you like this one!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinabout 5 years ago

    Perfect work, great composition!

  • Thanks so much Denis, appreciated mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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