The Golden Hour

Not only is the first and last hours of daylight – the “Golden Hours” – the best for photography, but it is also the best time to be out searching for the big cats in South Africa’s wild places, like this leopard we encountered near Cape Vidal, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.



“The Golden Hour” is the current weekly photo challenge from WordPress


51 thoughts on “The Golden Hour

  1. ilargia64

    The first one is absolutely wonderful!!!
    But I agree with you…Leopards are so beautiful that it is difficult not to show that on a pic…
    Thanks for sharing these pics!!!!


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  4. Tish Farrell

    What glorious, glorious shots. My only good view of a leopard in Kenya was one night, on a drive in the Rift. It had been raining, and the guide with the spotlight raked a grassy ridge, and there was the big face of a leopard above the grass, staring right back us. My only photo then, is the one in my memory.


    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thank you so very much Tish!

      Reading your recollection of your leopard sighting on the night drive in Kenya gave me goosebumps of delight – that’s the kind of encounter that makes us head into the bush every chance we get. It’s a thrill you have to experience to understand why it is so addictive!


      1. Tish Farrell

        Yes, because you just never know what you’ll see, do you. One night we once saw a porcupine with twin babies scurrying home – which seemed both wonderful and hilarious – all the more marvelous for not being a Big Five moment, though those are always fantastic too.


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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Hi Vonn Scott Bair, and thanks for visiting de Wets Wild!

      At the risk of sounding like I know anything of photography, I used a Canon EOS1100D fitted with a Tamron 70-300mm lens for these photos; the close-up shot was at ISO-500 with f/8 setting at 300mm, the wider view at ISO-100 and f/5 at 135mm.


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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment Yarnwuseleien – it really is heartwarming to hear that people from abroad enjoy visiting the country we are so proud of!



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