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Post by GrahamS » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:50 am

Once upon a time, we had a farm in Africa.....and a game reserve called Ulusaba belonged to members of our family. It was a wondrous place, on the border of the Sabi Sands conservation area adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. In those days, there was only one rock lodge and one river lodge at Ulusaba, and it was an unspoiled paradise. It was sold to the De Beers corporation, who in turn, after discovering large supplies of ground-water, sold it to Sir Richard Branson, who has developed it as one of his exclusive resorts. These images were taken during one of our family visits there in 1985, with a Nikon FE2 on Fuji Velvia film. This is the Africa that my best beloved and I love and miss.

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The game ranger's rondavel

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Mocambique on the far horizon

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Enjoying the sunset

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Vulture's view. The view from the lodge.


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Thats my son sitting on the trackers seat

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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2012, 12:56:41 AM »

I can understand why you miss this place. One could spend hours in that rock lodge just looking at the shadows of the trees below. The animal shots are fantastic.
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2012, 01:15:18 AM »
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These are gorgeous. What a place!

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2012, 01:57:55 AM »

simply beautiful

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2012, 05:39:15 AM »
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That third shot from the end says it all, Graham. Just, beautiful.

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2012, 06:25:02 AM »
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Graham,

What a splendid group of photos that transports us back in time and into a country I've read so much about, but never had the pleasure to visit. This is a lovely virtual tour into a beautiful countryside.

Please treat us to other treasures from your interesting past from time to time.

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2012, 02:08:57 PM »

Special stuff, thanks for showing us.

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2012, 03:52:32 PM »

Thanks for all the appreciative comments. Photographs can never convey the true spirit and beauty of such a vast landscape because there is so much more than just the visual aspect. There are the sounds, (and the background sound of the African bush is unique in all the world, made up as it is of birdsong, baboon barks, monkey shrieks, lion grunts, elephant rumbles, hippo snorts, fish-eagle cries, zebra whistles and antelope snorts) the smells, (of the damp red earth after the rain, the dust when there is no rain, the scent of the acasia tree blossom, the dung of the wild game, the putrification of the odd carcass, the scent of the grasses and the smell of the water-holes) and the all pervasive, almost spiritual, presence of the continent, which is the most captivating influence and which is the thing that will seize one's soul and make one forever a child of that land.

We can only hope that some of the measures being used today to conserve the wild game and the environment, will be effective, and that our children and their children will still have the opportunity to venture into this magical wilderness and see the creatures to which it is home.


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Graham, those are unbelievable good. Thanks for sharing.


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Graham,

I loved the photographs you presented of the country you lived in most of your life. The family pictures and the animal preserve are all so well done and presented. They are cherished vignettes of your past life in another continent.

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Thanks for all the appreciative comments. Photographs can never convey the true spirit and beauty of such a vast landscape because there is so much more that just the visual aspect. There are the sounds, (and the background sound of the African bush is unique in all the world, made up as it is of birdsong, baboon barks, monkey shrieks, lion grunts, elephant rumbles, hippo snorts, fish-eagle cries, zebra whistles and antelope snorts) the smells, (of the damp red earth after the rain, the dust when there is no rain, the scent of the acasia tree blossom, the dung of the wild game, the putrification of the odd carcass, the scent of the grasses and the smell of the water-holes) and the all pervasive, almost spiritual, presence of the continent, which is the most captivating influence and which is the thing that will seize one's soul and make one forever a child of that land.

We can only hope that some of the measures being used today to conserve the wild game and the environment, will be effective, and that our children and their children will still have the opportunity to venture into this magical wilderness and see the creatures to which it is home.

The description of your homeland is a masterpiece. Reading it instantly transported me to South Africa. I was there to see and hear the animals and birds, to smell the sweet blossoms and the fetid odors of decaying flesh and vegetation. to feel both the heat that makes you sweat and parches your throat. Each of my senses was stimulated as you wrote superbly in short phases with a Hemenway gift of brevity.
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Claudia, you honour me.

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Graham,

Sorry to join late. Your photographs, and the appended comments, are memorable. How fortunate we all are that you captured these memories.

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Post by Santiago Montenegro » Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:33 am

Lovely!

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Post by alexvaras » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:10 am

All these post and photos from Nelson Photo forum are beautiful, Graham, I recognized a lot of names here and there of many people from which I have learnt many things from their own websites.
It had to be a wonderful forum that one of Nelson Photo.
Thank you for sharing!

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Post by GrahamS » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:13 pm

alexvaras wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:10 am
All these post and photos from Nelson Photo forum are beautiful, Graham, I recognized a lot of names here and there of many people from which I have learnt many things from their own websites.
It had to be a wonderful forum that one of Nelson Photo.
Thank you for sharing!
Alex, unfortunately you missed the bus on Nelsonfoto; you would have fitted right in! Never mind, your presence here has been appreciated by all of us.
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Post by Julio1fer » Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:05 pm

Graham, thanks for reviving these posts! Thoughtful of you to have saved them, and wonderful to share them again.

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