Leopard In A Tree In Botswana

We saw several leopards during our safaris in South Africa and Botswana. For the most part, they just ignored us and went about their business. Leopards like being in trees and are great climbers. We encountered this guy walking around and followed him for a bit, until he decided to take a break and pose for us.

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Canoe By Sunset In Botswana

On our safari last year, at one point, we took an afternoon canoe trip in Botswana. What this photo doesn’t capture is the mass of bugs that attacked us as we were on the river. The photo originally came out quite poorly because of the challenging lighting, and I’ve had to do a lot of post-processing with Photoshop and other tools. Knowing how to use a camera is only part of the skill set needed to produce pleasing images.

Lion In Repose

Blog Updates

If you haven’t visited Winged Pig in awhile, you may not have noticed that I’ve spruced up the place a bit, as part of the relaunch. The blog has been hosted on WordPress.com for awhile now, and I continue to be happy with them. I did switch themes, going with the premium Studio Press Minimum theme. Two recent web trends I like are the use of much larger images and the use of better fonts. The Minimum theme fits both those trends nicely. I’ve also added sharing buttons for each post, including Pinterest and Google+ buttons. Pinterest in particular is becoming more important. I’ve also set up a Smugmug gallery, which stores full-sized versions of all my photos.

Photo – Lion In Repose

On safari, we came across this lion as he was looking for a place for an afternoon nap. We followed him for awhile and he eventually came to rest in this nook between a tree and an ant hill.

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Moonlit Leopard

Dusting Off The Blog

Hello! If you’re reading this, and I assume that you are, you’re probably wondering what this is. This is my newly resurrected blog, which has been gathering dust for the past two years. Two blog years equates to 273 normal years, or 5 minutes at the dentist. Approximately. Regardless, it’s been a long time.

Things that have happened since the last post on this blog:

  • Bloglines was sold.
  • Charlie Sheen’s meltdown happened.
  • Bloglines was sold again.
  • Yahoo continues its downward spiral and, continuing a 12 year trend, has still done nothing with Yahoo Groups.
  • LMFAO’s ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ happened, which may or may not make up for the above items.

A new focus of the blog will be on photography. I’ve always enjoyed taking pictures whenever I’ve travelled, but I was not at all serious about it. For our honeymoon last year, I purchased a new camera, a Panasonic GH2, and since have started to think about photography more. I’m really just starting to learn about photography, and the plan is to post more of my photos here. Lucky you, you get to watch me try to improve my photography skills.

Photo – Moonlit Leopard in Botswana

We went on safari last year and it was an amazing experience. We saw all of the ‘Big 5’, Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, and Cape Buffalo, along with many other animals. A big part of what I’m trying to learn with photography is how to process a photo after I’ve taken it. The original of this photo was not very good; the colors were washed out, the leopard wasn’t lit well, there were a few tree branches in the way. Hopefully I’ve improved it.

A note on photos: To grab full-sized versions of the photos I post, just click on the photo and you’ll be taken to my Smugmug site. It would make me happy if you would use the photos on your blog, Facebook, or whatever, for fun and the like, just please link back to this blog if you do so. For commercial use, please contact me. Everything is licensed under Creative Commons.

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