I was not in Africa for this eclipse but in my home town, Grenoble, France. And this was hell of a show that Mother Nature offered us!
I didn't get nice shots of the 2 previous lunar eclipses I witnessed (in winter 2015 one in the Kalahari and in July 2018 in the Alps), so I ha d yo make up for these missed opportunities!
Even the clouds played game until almost the end of totality, allowing me to get a complete series of shots from start to half-way through the eclipse.
This is obviously a composite image of 7 shots all taken with a Nikon D5000. The landscape background was shot with a 16mm at f2.8, 2 sec, ISO 800. The moon shots were taken with a 450mm, at f8 to f6.7, 1/1000 to 1/6 sec and ISO 800-2000. Colours were NOT edited, moon shots were resized - but still the moon appears way bigger than it actually was- and images were merged using Photoshop CC.
As some of you might know, I'm currently turning an idea into reality.
I have been thinking for a while about organising customised trips for people to come visit Africa since I know the place quite well by now... And this is how ShumbAfrica Safaris was born!
So if you or your friends and family are dreaming about discovering Africa, but don't want to go through the usual channels of organised tours and travel agencies, drop me an email!
I will designed itineraries specifically for you, based on your interests and experience. Below are a few examples of what would be possible...
No 5 stars hotels or lodges with me. Everyone night, you will camp under a sky of a million stars and enjoy the Southern Cross and the Milky Way like never before! You will be as close to the Nature as possible and discover places in a way few people do. And of course, you should have more than enough of opportunities to practise your photographic skills!
I am looking forward to hear from you!
And to finish the trip, what is better then a few days in Walvis, enjoying amazing seafood and shore birds??
Swift tern (Thalasseus berg) diving in over resting greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Common tern (Sterna hirundo) landing
Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
A crowd of Lesser flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor)
The Namib-Naukluft NP is quite large and has several sections. The one in the North is called the Swakop section and is the one you cross when driving from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. To leave the main roads you need a permit as you do to be allowed to camp in the park (at designated sites). The permit can be obtained at MET offices in Windhoek, Seriem, Swakop and Naukluft Moutain NP.
Only the campsite of Ganab has a waterhole nearby. But the most beautiful area (in my opinion) is the one north of the C28 in the Blutkope and Tinkas area. Campsites there are stunning and the landscape breathtaking.
The rock arch
View on Blutkope with rocks shaped by wind and sand
Sleeping under the arch...
Yes, the following picture of of a Buthidae scorpion (and a bad one) down in the long drop toilet at the rock arch campsite... In Africa, you learn quickly to check down the toilet before going about your business as snakes are known for loving to curl themselves inside or around the bowl... So I kept my reflex and looked down the hole..
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