A weekend at Cintsa

Spending the weekend with Harry at Cintsa was a little tricky .. after all were we at Cintsa, Chintsa or Chinsta (see first three pictures below)?  And was it going to be a bachelor weekend for the two of us or were we going to be two Grumpy Old Men … I leave you to guess.

In any case we had a great time. The weather and light were nice for photography on the Friday evening and Saturday morning which is when I took most of these pictures. Palm trees taken with the black and white filter, squatting below the weaver birds’ nests, waiting for the sunbirds to sing and, as usual, night photos with long exposures: in other words the usual culprits! Fortunately the humpback whales were too far out for me to even try and photograph them. So I could just enjoy watching the mothers and calves breaching and twisting out of the water in unison, see the vertical tail waving and watch the splashing and bashing of the water that was going on. Here’s some great YouTube footage of Humpbacks breaching.

Saturday was also the handover of the international rhino anthology to Amitabh Mitra, Harry’s publisher in East London.  You can read about that and see the photographic record in For Rhino in a Shrinking World.  We came home on Sunday to the damp and drizzle of Grahamstown …