22 January 2013 by Denise Slabbert

On the catwalk ... with Ranger Diaries

South Africa’s big cats are a law unto their themselves, and capturing just a moment of their grace and beauty is what every photographer hopes for. Here are some great shots from the award-winning Ranger Diaries blog. Enjoy…

We asked James Kydd, founder of award-winning blog Ranger Diaries, to put together a selection of big cats from various guides who work at some of the top private game reserves, including Lion Sands Private Game Reserve, Londolozi, &Beyond Phinda, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and Singita.

 

 

The giraffe may be the 'supermodel' of the bushveld, but let’s be honest, it’s the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah – that are the real rock stars, the ones that get both amateur and professional photographers clicking away.

 

 

For the photojournalists (and rangers) who contribute to Ranger Diaries, capturing big cats on film is a huge coup. And often it’s a case of being in the right place at the right time ... or, as any seasoned bush photographer will tell you, it’s about perfect light and playing the waiting game for hours on end.

 

 

Kydd says there is nothing quite like being in the bush and getting that perfect shot. 'Man has a primal fascination with big cats. We fear them as our own potential predators. We respect them as masters of the hunting world. The cheetah that flies above the grass; the leopard that appears from the forest and then vanishes like a ghost; the lion who will look at even the elephant as potential prey – these cats hold us spellbound, and capturing the beauty and drama of their daily life is both challenging and thrilling,' he says.

 

 

Ranger Diaries was recently awarded both Best Environmental Blog and Best Photographic Blog for 2012 in the South African Blog Awards.

 

 

All images for this South African Tourism blog were supplied by Ranger Diaries.

 

Category: Wildlife

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