This past week, I was fortunate enough to spend many hours around and with elephants. This week was a massive eye opener for me, the reason being is I went on the trip without posting on social media or anything of the sort. I took this week for me and to reconnect with the bush. I knew I was going to have a great week, but I wasn't prepared for how incredible the week would be for me. It has been a long time since I have been able to spend time on my own in the bush and although I did take photographs and video, but having said that I made a concerted effort the leave my cameras at certain moments and really take in the moment and understand what Is happening and us nature to bring me peace.
I feel like it is something that we don't do enough of. There is so much in nature that can calm us or that we can relate to, the difficulty is making the conscious decision to see these moments without cameras. What I actually found is that the footage and the images I took throughout the week actually have a lot more meaning to them.
It's difficult to pin point one exact moment that stands out to me, there were so many that I could relate to and absorb from nature. Nature has this incredible power to bring peace, to bring understanding and to realign yourself.
If I am completely honest, it is something that I knew about, but had forgotten the feeling.
There is one particular moment that I want to talk about. We had multiple elephant sightings including spending many hours on foot amongst elephants. Now, growing up I was petrified of elephants and couldn't go anywhere near them.
Although I love spending time with elephants and observing their behavior, I spent a specific moment with these animals early on in the week that changed my mind set and feeling of these animals completely.
My brother and I found ourselves in the middle of a massive herd of elephants, 100+ and they came down to drink.
My brother and I sat outside the car and were literally surrounded by elephants with no way to get back to the car. Instead of panicking, I felt the complete opposite. I felt calm, I could feel my breathing was slow... It was a feeling I have not experienced for a long time. My mind for the first time in ages thought nothing. I found myself listening to their every move, trunks sniffing us, the sound of their feet walking past, the sound of them drinking. It was a moment that I have not experienced for a very long time and one I am truly thankful for.
This week, gave me a whole new look at wildlife, who I am, and the experience I want to give. Not that It would change much, but there is a lot that I have learnt over the past week and that I am going to carry for a long time to come. It was an amazing feeling, for the first time I think ever, I have never felt as at home and connected with the bush as I did this week, something in me changed and its something I am definitely going to be using going forward in the future and cannot wait to share it with all of you.
I have put together a short video of some of the incredible moments I experienced with these and animals below and I hope you enjoy it and find as much peace in it as I did.
I have to admit, it was a much needed week in the bush and what I learnt about myself and nature, was nothing short of incredible!
A safari shouldn't just be a safari and going out, looking at animals and photographing them, a safari is being able to go into the bush, forget about the outside world and learn from mother nature itself, because nature has many things to teach us if we just take the time to sit, listen and observe...
Until next time,