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Hippos at sunset
Hippos at sunset

Sunset is a magical time in the Moremi Game Reserve.  Situated in the northeastern corner of the Okavango Delta, the game reserve contains over 1,000 square miles of pristine habitat for Botwana's most varied concentration of wildlife.  Every day is an adventure in restraint.  There are so many opportunities to photograph wildlife, that one has to remember, "Oh, I think I have enough pictures of zebras now."  So it's the moments when the light is best, or the sighting special, that the camera comes out.  Each sunrise and sunset provides that kind of light and, whether it's landscape or wildlife that fills the lens, that photograph is bound to be a good one.  Botswana experiences roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.  The golden light of sunset and sunrise lasts roughly 20-30 minutes.  So sometimes it's best to let the light come to you.  This photograph is the result of sitting by a hippo pool, waiting for the light to come.  Yes, I took many more photographs than this one during those 30 minutes, but this one, at the edge of darkness, defines for me those quiet moments in Africa, when I feel as if I was born there, when Africa invades my soul.