Shades of nature: Beautiful photographs of animals in black and white... and not a zebra in sight
Dramatic yet beautiful, these
stunning black and white images depicting some of the most magnificent
creatures of Africa are shedding new light on wildlife photography.The
majestic animals of the continent's southern region are portrayed as
you've never seen them before in artistic - and often moody - images
captured by nature photographer Heinrich van den Berg.From
wandering ostriches to slumbering baboons, the striking portraits show
the creatures at their most intimate and reveal nature in all its glory.
Johannesburg-based Heinrich, 40,
travelled across South Africa - and to neighbouring countries Namibia
and Botswana - to the most awe-inspiring nature spots of the region in
search of the perfect portraits.
Concentrating on texture, light and
contrast, the black and white shed new light on the animal world and
pull at the natural human emotions humans feel when faced with animals.
The fruits of Heinrich's labour have now been included in his photography book - titled Shades of Nature.
In the book, some of the most
stunning images include that of a mother giraffe greeting her calf with a
nose-to-nose nuzzle at the Tala Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal
Province, South Africa.Giraffes often bend down to lick or touch
their calves as part of an important bonding ritual
between mother and offspring, with the bond sometimes lasting almost two years - long after the calf is weaned.
In another picture, leopard cubs are
seen learning vital hunting skills at the Elephant Plains Game Lodge, in
Sand Wildtuin, which is next to the world-famous Kruger National Park,
while an endangered red colobus monkey - native to Zanzibar - is seen
peering with curiosity into the camera lens.
An image of an ostrich against the dramatic backdrop of the Weenen Game
Reserve, in South Africa's KwaZulu Province, reveals the strength,
survival and isolation of the creatures.Ostriches,
which are widespread in Africa and are well-adapted for surviving in
arid environments, cover vast areas when grazing and pull plants out of
the ground or strip them of leaves.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2047187/Shades-nature-Beautiful-photographs-animals-black-white--zebra-sight.html#ixzz1aKF5juVg
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