Black Rhino In The Ngorongoro


Apologies. As this and my last post indicate, mentally I’m back in Africa. This time in the Ngorongoro Crater with a female black rhino who had moments previously been lying down almost completely hidden by the grasses but just before this shot had jumped up on full alert for reasons known only to her.

No, I was neither this close nor had the lens to pull her in so big. She was about 500 yards away when she suddenly sprung up. In the original image, she’s little more than a speck in the frame, so it should be no surprise that this version is heavily cropped and blown out diffused and despeckled and such, not just because I like to go artso-fartso with my stuff, but also because with the dream-come-true tears streaming down my face as I snapped this and every other frame of this beautiful creature in her wild home, this is pretty much  as clear as my vision was during the distant encounter.

One I’ll never forget.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."