Baby mantis, Harare
This infant on a eucalyptus tree is only a few mm long, but was steady and fearless enough for me to creep up with my closeup equipment.
Sikumi: Wild dog
Quite rare, numbering a few thousand in Africa. We were already becoming quite blase about elephants (which were ahead on the road), on this our third safari, especially when this mother and her family appeared. We were seeing them for the first time, and they were happy to stay where they were, letting us get quite close.
Sikumi: Dawn buffalo herd
This was a magic moment, a gift. I could see in the early morning light of the safari that the sunlight would stream through the dust and turn these buffalo into something mysterious, identifiable only by their silhouettes, especially the horns. Once we got past them and looked back into the sun, I got what my inner vision was telling me would come - one of those happy occasions when vision and actuality line up and agree.
It's critter time on the blog!
Sikumi Park: Buffalo
Four safaris, dawn and dusk, in open vehicles, showed us most of what Zimbabwe has to offer in wildlife. I was seeing this country for the first time as an adult and a photographer, and didn't waste the opportunity. Welcome to the buffalo, Africa's meanest, most dangerous vertebrate (probably the mosquito, carrying malaria, should be called its deadliest animal overall).
House detail, Ushgili, December 2003
The flag of Svaneti features a lion. There was a Georgian nature magazine with a photograph of a leopard on its cover in about 2004, from the Georgian-Azeri border. Hyaenas have been reported - but not proved - in the Khevsureti region of Georgia south of Chechnya. Of wolves and bears we need not speak - they are definitely still around.
Carved door closeup, Ushguli house museum, December 2003
This magnificent work is actually for sale, for US$4000 the last I heard. Many hundreds of hours must have gone into it. Any takers?
2009-10 - A Traveling Landscape Exhibition - 4 photographs of mine in a group show: BACHMODERN Project, 24 November - 18 December 2009, Neutorstrasse 32k, 5020 Salzburg, Austria; 7-27 May 2010, Mediterranean University Campus, Antalya, Turkey: AnthonyHanmer.pdf www.bachmodern.com2009 - Kolga.ge Book & travelling Tbilisi Exhibition, 1 entry, nominated for Best Portrait
2009 - Association of Photographers (AOP) Open Exhibtion/Catalogue, 1 entry, inclusion in AOP magazine article, London, UK
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