I’m sure #stellenbosch was on the itinerary for wine-tasting, but it’s the @dylanlewissculpturegarden that will be the thing I remember. Each work of art full of power and tension, every inch of the gardens reflecting The conflict within us all between the wild and the tamed. It’s not only worth the drive from #capetown- it’s be worth relying to #southafrica just to sit in this space.
I hate to leave behind #safarilife but relocating to #franshoek to drink #wine while watching the world go by isn’t too bad.
#safari #lifelesson no.7: #staylost #davidwhyte wrote “standstill...wherever you are is called here” think about that. Wherever you are is called here. There is so much promise and opportunity in embracing the idea that you are here. Love where you are in time and space and in your life. “The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.”
#safari #lifelesson no.6: pour the #sundowners, take a #deepbreath, and take a moment at the end of the day to #givethanks for all the blessings of this earth.
#hasselblad #hasselbladx1d #incamera #gobefilters
#safari #lifelesson no. 5: don’t leave before you leave. Too often I’ve spent the last morning of a trip, packing and “hanging out” so that we’re not late leaving. Really it means that I mope about and feel sorry for myself. Embracing the #dontleavebeforeyouleave mantra has changed it all. We pack adventure into every minute until we absolutely have to go. In the case of #jaocamp #kenya the result was that we saw the two young male lions we had watched all week turn and face the adult male who was trying to run them off. One of the trip highlights we would have missed if we hadn’t decided to do one last game drive.
#safari #lifelesson no.4: expect the unexpected and #beprepared. With a 33lbs weight limit for all our kit, i ditched half my clothes to add a second camera body so I would have a 400mm prime on one and a 100-30m on the other. I thought this would cover most things and then I would crop post process as I couldn’t bring myself to recant and carry a bigger lens. Then I through in the #hasselbladx1d with the #xcd45 lens at the last minute for street shots in Cape Town - never expecting that I would use it to shoot #lions with it on two occasions. Having it to hand meant I didn’t miss the shots when the #lioness was under 2m from the vehicle. Life can be full of surprises both good and bad but if you’re resilient you can roll with it. #nocrop
#safari #lifelesson no.3 #mothersday edition: #bepatient. On safari patience rewards you because you see animal behaviour that you’ll miss if you just rush to see the next thing. We were with these leopards for nearly an hour. In your relationships and #parenting, remember that we’re all doing the best we can trying to survive on this rock going around the sun. The kids wake you up early on a Sunday, your spouse doesn’t load the dishes the right way, and it feels like no one is grateful for your hard work. But this too shall pass and you’ll miss the cuddles and the helping hand.
#safari #lifelesson no.2: approach your day with a sense of #wonder. It doesn’t matter if you’re someplace exotic or walking down a street in your hometown. Notice the sunshine, the birdsong, the hand that is holding yours. Think to yourself #whatawonderfulworld.
#leopard #leopardcub #wildernesssafaris
#safari #lifelesson no.1 - take the time to #beinthemoment. So many people seemed to be in a rush to tick the #big5 off their lists that they didn’t take time to just be in #nature and just enjoy the beauty around them. Too often we rush through life trying to complete tasks instead of just making a point to #bepresentinthemoment - take a breath. Look around.