A photographic journal of Mana Pools
The magic of Mana Pools is something that has been documented on many occasions. By the seasoned traveller, the professional photographer, a bush loving family and the intrepid explorer. Each time I read about this place, I am able to relive my memories of Mana. It is easy to reminisce of the colours of the forest, the blue haze that is now known so well.
Each image I see from Mana Pools takes me right back into the moments where I found myself sitting quietly on the floor, watching a huge elephant bull feeding on fallen Albida pods, a safe distance away. I look back at a pack of wild dogs, denning their pups in some thick undergrowth, coming out only to provide for their pack and to a gentle canoe ride down the Zambezi river, floating past 2 elephant bulls as they jostle for dominance in water 4 feet deep.
My sentiments of Mana are personal, but I am sure they are shared, by a large community of people who visit this special place. However, in this post, my intention is to portray a recent safari I guided to Mana Pools in photographs alone.
This particular trip was based on photography, and photographing wildlife on foot. Our main focus was elephants and the forests. To capture these majestic creatures from low angles, giving the viewers of the images an understanding of perspective. Another goal was to find interesting ways in which to frame them using the browse line, the long arching branches of the trees, and trying our best to catch the best moments in the wondrous light.
Come on this photographic journey with me as we relive the moments from Mana Pools.
Thank you to our amazing guests who made the journey with me to Mana Pools this year. We were shown a secret side of Africa that not many are fortunate to witness. From the comfort of a vehicle, an intimate moment on foot or drifting down the Zambezi in a canoe, each moment was one to cherish.
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Written and Photographed by: Mike Sutherland