The moon came up early the previous evening and only disappeared at about 03H00. It was in the middle of winter and sunrise was only at about 07H00. The cycle of the moon forced me to get out of bed at about 03H45, to make my way out of the cottage to the dune which I have identified the previous afternoon and “marked” with my folding chair – It was only some 25 meters from the safety of our cottage.
|My “excursion” was to somewhere behind the bush on the left of this image|
I eventually got to the spot with my heart pounding and all my senses at high alert – the complete darkness, isolation from the rest of the world, the wide open space and evening sounds of the kalahari desert (which included a passing owl every now and then) were too much! After all, the tourism assistant told us in detail the previous afternoon about the lions that visit the camp and its waterhole during the winter, as they prefer the warmer dunes at that time of the year! I fiddled around with my tripod and the settings on my camera and attempted to take a couple of images of the milky way, but ney… I could pretty much only think about how far the beam of my headlamp was visible and who or what could see it in the pitch-black darkness of the night. After about 20 minutes I eventually decided to take a leisurely stroll (you do not have to believe me) back to the cottage.
|“Kieliekrankie Milky Way”|
So, no dune in the foreground lit with a headlamp in this image…!! It was taken in the safety of the cottage’s stoep (balcony) a couple of minutes later… Mmmm, it is funny now…