Blue Hour, Botsuana

NOVEMBER 2011 – After sunset, the trees of the bush create a black silhouette against the sky in Botswana. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had booked a sundowner safari with the Tuli Safari Lodge. This is a guided tour in a private game reserve or a national park that takes place around the sunset and a perfect time because most animals are rather passive during the daytime (as it is too hot) and get out for hunting in the late afternoon and after sunset. The guides will show you the most attractive places, and the highlight will be a picknick during the sunset. Don’t expect any fancy food, though, as everything has to be brought with the Jeep that you’re using for the tour. It’s more like local snacks and a cool bottle of beer.

After sunset I took this image as I like the silhouette of the trees against that magnificient sky. I remember the silence of the bush and the feeling of loneliness. Of course, we had the the Jeep and our guide, but the lodge was several kilometers away, there was no mobile phone coverage, and we were pretty far away from any civilization.

Gosh. This was exactly ten years ago. So much has happened since then. I wish I could be there. Right now.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time29-NOV-2011, 18:54
LocationTuli Safari Lodge, Botsuana
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/20 sec at f/5
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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