I arrived in the Matusadona Under moonlight. Fingers of light danced on the water as animal calls echoed in surrounding hills
A crack of a beer punctuated the night heralding I had finally arrived. Punctures & bad roads lead to arriving at an ungodly hour.
It did not take long for beer & fatigue to take over. My eyelids dropped but I wanted to savour the moment, light & landscape around me
In the dark I could see the ghostly hands of drowned trees reaching from the water. They, the reason I had been drawn here, but I could not stay awake. Soon my thoughts were swallowed by the night
The next thing I knew my alarm screamed announcing another day
I opened the roof tents flap. I saw the campsite surrounded by ghostly trees, their figures had not run off with the night
I climbed down & grabbed my kit. At the back of the 4x4 I realised there were some large pug marks in the sand. They were fresh. I scanned the bush but saw nothing
I proceeded with caution
I walked towards the small beach worried of felines watching me. There was nothing
I extending the legs of my tripod. As the legs slipped down I looked at the ground, there another set of pugs
Water still pooled in the mark slowly slipping away as I watched. I became wary of my surroundings. The ideas of images faded as I looked around
I locked eyes with the tracks owner, she & a friend were walking down the beach 400 meters away
Slowly I retreated to the 4x4, the lions not interested in me. I was not going to test that assumption
When I reached the 4x4 the sun was starting to show. I had the light, the trees but I also the cats. I valued my life more than a frame, so I was left to sit on the roof & try my luck
The direction that the cats had left had a group of trees. They drew my attention. An ethereal glow blanketed the day. I itched to change my composition, those cats still in my mind
No fences, just the bush & the lake. My framing was poor, so I jumped from the roof. I dared not go far. I was Happy crouching by the 4x4’s side. Here I stayed, back to the 4x4 safe to click away as the pink light continued to filter into the day.