Waterhole, Etosha Aoba Lodge, Namibia

NOVEMBER 2006 – Waterhole at the private game reserve surrounding the Etosha Aoba Lodge in Namibia. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

We had booked one night at an exclusive private game reserve, the Etosha Aoba Lodge (now Onguma Forest Camp) and had spontaneously opted for the ‘sundowner excursion’ offered by the lodge. A guide would drive us on an open 4×4 across the enormously large property of the associated private game reserve. Great!

However, when we got to the waterholes – real life savers for animals living in their natural environment – there was no activity. The guide explained that this can be the case when it had rained before, because the animals then find water sources (little puddles or even pools) almost everywhere. So they do not need to come to the artificial and/or large waterholes that also attract predators.

I took a photo of the lonely tree standing next to the waterhole – a waterhole without animals. And I still like it. Go figure.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time28-NOV-2006, 18:17
LocationOnguma Private Game Reserve, Namibia
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3056 x 4900 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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