Mashatu winterscapes

This is the fourth post from our trip to Mashatu in late July. All of the images in this post were taken in mid-winter. Thankfully, Mashatu received late rains in April which made a world of difference to the flora and fauna. We visited many of the areas in Mashatu to see the wonderful diversity of scenes and landscapes. I have tried to show the diversity of landscapes in Mashatu in winter in this post. I have shown an image of Solomon’s Wall  which is on the western limb of Mashatu but have not shown any images of Mmagwa and Rhodes Baobab at sunset.  The reason being that we met and got talking to Kyle de Nobrega and Ruth Nussbaum from C4 Photo Safaris on top of Mmagwa. They were such interesting, friendly people that we never got to take any images on top of that sandstone ridge but just chatted and enjoyed the stunning scenery. They were great ambassadors for their photographic safari company.

“Discovering this idyllic place, we find ourselves filled with a yearning to linger here, where time stands still and beauty overwhelms.”

“The earth has its music for those who will listen.”

George Santayana


“Look deep into nature, and then your will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein


“Life is not measured by the number of breaths your take,

but by the number of times your breath is taken away.”


“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
Maori proverb


“Nothing in nature lives for itself.

Rivers don’t drink their own water.

Trees don’t eat their own fruit.

Sun doesn’t give heat for itself.

Flowers don’t give fragrance for themselves.”


Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

Henry David Thoreau


“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” 

John Muir


“Each season has its own wonder, its own special place, and purpose in the pattern of creation.” 


“Travelling – it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Buttata


“Nature always wears the colours of the spirit.”

 Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.”


“Live as if you were going to die tomorrow,

Learn as if you are going to live forever.”


“In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus


“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt



“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.”

 Ralph Waldo Emerson


“I appreciate new things in my life.”

  – Ronnie Nijmeh


“Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life.”

 – Elizabeth Goudge


“Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry.”

 –Richard Feynman


“The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much.”

Thornton Wilder


“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.”

 –Theodore Roosevelt


“I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful — an endless prospect of magic and wonder.”
Ansel Adams
A perennial spring west of Mashatu main camp – a beautiful serene spot.


“The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called—called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come.”

Jack London, The Call of the Wild


“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”

Rachel Carson


“The rich fire of the orange sunset gloriously announces the coming night.”

Susan S Florence.


“If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all the hearts to behold the miraculous change.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Explore, seek to understand, marvel at its interconnectedness and let it be.

Have fun,



7 thoughts on “Mashatu winterscapes

  1. Mike I so enjoy your blogs and all your quotes, the one that appealed in this blog was the Maori proverb turn you face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. We hope to be going to Mashatu mid-November, cannot wait. Have you been on a C4 photo safari? What software do you use to put together your blog? Sorry for the questions. Kind regards Sue Goodman

    • Hi Sue- thanks for your views about my blog. You are going to love it in Mashatu. I can tell you that before you even get there. No, I haven’t been on a C4 photo safari but after meeting Kyle and Ruth I am going to make a plan. Apart from anything else, I really want to sit in those hides and see the passing parade. Sue, I now use Lightroom cc for all my editing and image organisation. It is a superb and easy to use. Have a look there are many excellent tutorials on youtube. I am really looking forward to hearing your reaction to your trip to Mashatu. Have fun, Mike

    • Hi Elsje – thanks for your comments. Your appreciation make me want to do it more. I am glad my passion and love of nature shines through and that I can share it with you. We all have so much to be grateful for. I hope you enjoy the next post on Cheetahs. With love Mike

  2. Your post has once again reminded me that photography can capture the sense, beauty and feeling of a place so very very well. Sometimes I get so caught up with getting that elusive image of a bird or animal, that I so often neglect to take images of my surroundings (to Wouter’s frustration). Beautiful Mike! Inspires me to re-visit your other posts on places once again!! Keep up the great work. Onward and upward!

  3. Hello Mike
    I so enjoy being transported to the bush with each of your blogs. Your pictures are so richly detailed. Thank you

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