Thursday, May 24, 2012

One week to go!

This is the view we all going to be seeing in the next 3 weeks while traveling through some african countries. As we have posted before, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be overlanded by truck where me and my two mates, all together will carry a lot of photography equipment stuff and a total of 400GB of memory cards which should be converted to amazing captures from that wonderful place called AFRICA!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Looking into yourself!

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For those who knows me well, will probably understand the message coming out from this picture. Of course that these two guys are only sleeping, however, it brings for the photographer an inspiration to be looking inside yourself, that's what I have being doing over the last few weeks.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Ramon, the Hippo!

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The main intention of our visit to the Zoo, at least my intention, was to take some photos from Lions, mainly Lions, but as Ramon was a show apart, we could not avoid to click him too, and result was that many of my friends still asking me to put more pictures from the friendly big boy called Ramon. 
Friendly yes, but only with his mate Motta, not with anybody else! I believe he might be as dangerous as the once we going to see up in the Okavango Delta, the ones responsible for a large number of attacks, normally followed by death. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Eight Years, 3 tons!

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This big boy is only 8 years old and weights 3 tons, besides the very friendly face, we were told by Motta that he would not allow us to go inside and no way to approach and do things that his best friend was doing like feeding him and touching inside his mouth.

Beautiful Lioness

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She is one of the five lions living in the park, three boys and two girls. 

Good Friends, really good!

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Special guests at S.Vicente City Zoo

Luiz Carlos Santos Jr ©The São Vicente Zoo was scheduled to re-open on the 30th of april, a day before our national holiday celebrating "the labour day".
With the intention to warm up our equipment, just 30 days before our departure to Africa, me and two mates of mine decided to visit the Zoo and why not to take some pictures of our local neighbours.

By getting there, we were told that Zoo was not yet open and therefore no one could go inside, but, we were in our luck day and I manage to get one of the biologists in charge for the animals who gave us the opportunity to get inside and to have the whole park exclusively for us, in other words, to take hundreds of photos, and I tell you, we did.

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We had the opportunity to go freely inside restricted areas and off course with all secure procedures, we were allowed to be quite close with the animals, including lions and the hippo. 
To touch the lion's mane was simply surreal for me, specially with the link I have with them, it was really special. I could learn a little bit about them and to also feel the smell and the oil they normally produce from the skin.
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Apart of all the birds and exotics animals we could see, the lions, hippo and jaguars were the starts of our day and deserved as I said, hundreds of photos, which I have the pleasure to place here opposite.

I would like to thank Marcio Motta for his special attention with us, as well as Chinha, the park administrator who allowed us perform such special and unique visit.

Unnecessary to mention that I am already talking to  them in order to organise a guided visit with our children and to extend the work we have started having the Park included in our wildlife project.
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