While watching Today on NBC early this morning, I was treated to an interview of wildlife photographer Greg du Toit who has accomplished something amazing. After a year of unsuccessful attempts at trying to get the photo he wanted, he decided to climb into the water for the perfect vantage point.
His stunning photos will be featured in the March issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine but they came at great cost to the determined photographer who contracted malaria, bilharzia and a host of parasitic worms that soaked through his skin while he was submerged.
Please visit this link to read more of his amazing story.
The animals were aware that something was in the water but apparently they only recognize humans as upright on two legs so they took little notice of him.
The photo here shows him partially submerged as he holds his camera. He did this for 3 hours daily, 7 days a week for 3 entire months at a total of 270 hours. After building hides and digging trenches near the animals’ drinking spot, the determined Mr. du Toit decided that the better vantage point would be to climb into the pool. (My kinda guy).
His wife admitted that he wouldn’t listen to her as she feared for his life, wondering what she would tell his mother if he was killed. The photographer said that it was one hundred percent worth it and he’d do it all over again, worms and all.
He also captured zebras, warthogs, baboons and a variety of African birdlife. More of his wildlife photos can be found here where he wrote a guest post for Photo-Africa.
And that’s my news for today. I found it pretty exciting. Oh, and one last thing. His brand of camera: Nikon. All photos courtesy Greg du Toit, my new hero.