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2016 Wrap Up of My Favourite Images

Fulani elder near Tambacounda, Senegal. February 2016

2016 was a quiet year for me, travel wise.  It started and ended in one of my favourite continents on earth, Africa.  Here is a selection of my favourite images shot last year and why I like them so much.

During our trip to India in April we visited the stunning reserve of Velavadar in Gujarat. Velavadar is home to India’s largest remaining population of the stunningly beautiful Black Buck antelope!

“Leopard!!!” shouted our guide as we left the reserve of Sasan Gir one afternoon at dusk.

Male Asiatic Lion at Sasan Gir Forest Reserve in Gujarat.

A cormorant panting in the sunset of a very hot day at Tadoba Tiger Reserve.

One of the nine Sloth Bears we met at Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. It was Baloo central in there!!!

Swimming male tiger at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve

A young Chital, or Spotted Deer, peering at us through the aerial roots of a fig tree in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.

Mating Indian Skimmers on the Chambal River. To see these birds alongside the wild Gangetic dolphins, turtles and crocodiles of the Chambal River was really a special experience!

Poppies in a field on the Spanish island of Majorca in May.

In June I was blessed to take my parents on their first ever real trip to Africa. We ventured in to remote Kaokoland, near the border of Namibia and Angola where I introduced my parents to the Himba people. It was my mum’s first encounter with the Himba and I nearly had to crowbar her out of there! I do love this photo of her though.  It was a memorable experience for all of us.

My parents on top of Table Mountain, standing at the exact same place that my mum stood with her friends when she visited the city in the early 1960s.  As mum said, she never thought when she stood there in 1963  that she would return with her husband and daughter so many years later.

Rhino drinking at a waterhole at night in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Male Lion at night in Timbavati Private Game Reserve near Kruger in South Africa

Feeding African Spoonbill in Timbavati Private Game Reserve near Kruger, South Africa.

Zemba lady with her baby in Opuwo, northern Namibia.

Sandgrouse drinking from a waterhole alongside Zebra and Wildebeest in western Etosha.

Burchell’s Zebras in Etosha, Namibia

Etosha Giraffe

Zebra in an Etosha dust storm.

Lioness hunt at Charitsaub Water Hole in Etosha, Namibia

My parents witnesses their first lion kill on our trip at Etosha. We watched four lionesses kill a zebra right before our eyes. Afterwards, two of them came to a waterhole right next to our car to drink!

Uapenga – one of the Himba headmen we met in Kaokoland.

Beautiful Puzusurira in Kaokoland

A field of sunflowers in Provence in June.

The inside of a giant clam on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef

Visiting remote Yeo Station in Western Australia was a highlight of our Princess Parrot Expedition in September

For two weeks I was co-driver and camp cook of the Princess Parrot Expedition. This was one of my ‘kitchens’  – the campsite we had at Neale Junction.

I saw my first ever wild Thorny Devil in 2016!

Baby Malayan Tapir at Chester Zoo in October

Meerkat at Chester Zoo. I am lucky that I get to see Meerkats in the wild often but I still love seeing them in zoos too!

Finally we spent the whole month of December in the stunning country of Ethiopia. We were there mainly for wildlife and we were blessed to spend time around Africa’s rarest predator and the world’s rarest canid, Ethiopian wolves.

The Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. What an incredible place to have as your office!

My first encounter with Black and White Colobus monkeys at Awassa, Ethiopia.

Thick-billed Ravens quickly became one of my favourite birds in Ethiopia.

I was never really fond of any monkeys until I met Gelada Baboons…. and then I changed……

I was told that the Afar people of Ethiopia, who are more ethnically linked to Somalis than Ethiopians, weren’t very friendly people but I found the opposite was more true. Portrait of a young Afar girl near Bilen in central Ethiopia.

Afar girl near Bilen, central Ethiopia.  While the gun looks imposing, the reality is it was her brother’s gun and she most likely wouldn’t have had a clue how to use it.

Portrait of a young Ethiopian girl in a remote village near the border of Ethiopia and Kenya.

A young Somali woman in Hudet, Ethiopian Somali State.

A pilgrim kisses the wall of one of the rock hewn churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

Children visiting Lalibela are shown how to make prayer sashes to take to church. Here is a strip of freshly painted ones drying in the shade of a tukul house near the churches.

Lichens growing on the outside walls of St George Church in Lalibela

The famous church of St George at dusk.

Aba Mezgebe, the father of the church at Asheten Maryam, near Lalibela, shows us one of his treasured bibles.

Lalibela breathes Christianity in a way that few other places do. I wanted an image that celebrated that spirituality and this was it. My favourite image from Lalibela.

A month in Ethiopia was an incredible way to round out 2016.

2017, by contrast, is going to be a massive year for me in terms of travel.  As I write I am mindful of the fact I have to finish this post and pack for Senegal tomorrow.  Then I am in Prague, Western Sahara, India, South Africa (twice), Namibia (twice), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Sri Lanka, French Polynesia, Pitcairn Island, Henderson Island and finally Chad in December this year.  No doubt you will see a round up of my 2017 images in 2018 after I finish co-leading the Chad Ornithological Expedition in December but I hope you enjoy them as much as this year’s shots.

4 thoughts on “2016 Wrap Up of My Favourite Images

  1. Kristyntaylor says:

    So wonderful! What a year!

  2. inger says:

    Yay Kristyn! And you will be a part of my story this year! So excited to be travelling with you!!! xo

  3. Toni Vandyke says:

    They are ALL glorious images Inger although, being a grandmother to two little girls, I especially love the Zambia woman with her child.

  4. Jane Sheers says:

    If I said this is a fantastic collection, that would be an understatement, I love then all. I really love the prayer sashes, the priests, the stunning image of Puzusuriria and the lady at the wall of the temple. And of course I love the leopard, the giraffe, the thorny lizard. Oh, I give up ….

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