Sunday, 27 July 2008

First a leopard then an inverter!!

WE may think a leopard is illusive. Or believe we can comprehend the nature of this enigmatic cat. Finding his tracks on the dusty footprints of Land Cruisers and Land Rovers, I know the tracks are fresh, WE can feel he was here.

Suddenly, maybe just as WE think we can see him, he can disappear like the morning mist, or the last, lingering breath of a lion's roar, the eagle as he vanishes into the blazing sun.

I'm trying to paint you the dappled picture, of what can be there, even when we don't see him.

Like this morning. We saw his tracks, knew he was around, somewhere in the mystery of game drive possibilities...but stopping, looking at the beautiful nyalas, poised and serene. Relaxed.

Movement ... like a shadow on the primal edge of awareness. Stalking the periphery of vision ... a shape ... all senses clear and aLIVE.

That was the moment, surrouding this morning's surprise. A moment of sight, shared and felt by everyone there ... by you ... by us ... together ... WE ... it's in our nature.

Pieter Pretorius

(News: What an awesome sighting it was. You never know what's going to literally jump out from one moment to the next. Well broadcasting LIVE from the African wilderness, day in and day out, is a bit like that as well. Today was no exception. Just after that amazing sighting the inverter 'blew' on the Jiga. For those of you that have been on this journey with us for a while will know that this can happen. There are many possible reasons for it and WE are busy trying to figure out what happened. But the implications are that WE will have to cancel this afternoons drive as well as both drives tomorrow while WE source a new inverter and get it transported to Djuma and installed. As always, WE are sorry about this, but as a team we promise that WE will work fast and sure to bring you back to us. In the meantime there will still be a fire side chat this evening at 19h00 CAT (Central African Time) ... be there.)


Claire-M. said...

Yes, Pieter, the Unexpected before the Expected. Good sequence for WE viewers. That beautiful leopard was 3 minutes 59 seconds of pure delight for my eyes and, your reaction, a cue for immediate attention.

Mr. Alex, you win at the Olympics of the Unexpected Cue. From Pieter's first "OH!", you gave us a blurred image of his pointed finger on the leopard shape in 2:13 seconds; and at 4:60 seconds the cam was reasonably focused waiting for the leopard to appear on the left of Jiga.

Only at and with can we live and share LIVE wild life in a remote place of Djuma reserve in South Africa!

I caught a dream of AFRICA where time is a Magic Carpet!


Sandi/AZ said...

My heart jumped as I saw the leopard stalking the animals. At first I was crushed to think of the event to take place but then realized it's in their nature and this is life and always will be.
It was an amazing thing to be a witness to and I am ever so grateful to WE to let me partake in nature at its best; every sunrise, every drive adn every sunset - this is living.

Many thanks,
Sandi, Arizona, USA