PHIL WEST > GALLERY
One of Phil's true passions is wildlife photography. Over the years, he has gotten pretty good at it. Here is a selection of some of his photos from across Africa - mainly of animal life, but some interesting cultural shots as well. Enjoy!
Pssst.... Phil also posts his most recent photos on his Facebook page, which you should check out here!
Phil often spends a few months of the year tracking the Great Migration across Kenya and Tanzania. He's racked up quite a collection of fantastic river crossing shots and other wildebeest related photos. We won't bore you with the thousands and thousands of files he has in his archives. Instead, please flip through this highly condensed selection of shots.
The Great Migration brings with it nearly two million animals, mainly wildebeest but also a fair number of zebra and gazelle, all of which provide excellent sustenance for the predators of the savannah. Here are some shots of what happens when predators meet prey.
After identifying animals, Phil feels the most valuable experiences are gained from watching their behavior. Of course, elephants and the primates can be highly entertaining, but there's nothing like cubs to bring out that "Aw cute" factor....
A selection of some of our favourite big cat shots:
Safari isn't just about the Big Cats, or the river crossings (though they often add excitement to the mix). The bush is chock full of other incredible animals - from lilac breasted rollers to vultures to buffalo and elephant, nature provides endless paradigms of beauty and perfection (and imperfection, too!).
In fact, safari isn't even just about wildlife at all - the scope of safari is such that you immerse yourself in a world and cultures both exotic and transforming. Here are some images from different cultures across Africa, from the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana to the Laikipiak Maasai of northern Kenya.
The truth is, sometimes it isn't even a kill or a crossing or lion cubs playing or Samburu dancing, that have the greatest effect on safari-goers. Sometimes, it happens that the most moving moments of all happen when you let yourself embrace the open spaces and big skies of Africa. As Paul Simon says, it is under African skies that
...we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain
After all, it is here in Africa that lies the cradle of mankind - the roots of life and experience. Here are some photos of big African skies.