While taking photos at Zandvlakte Farm in the Baviaanskloof in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa I had the opportunity to take this panorama in the corral. The horses were really inquisitive, and while I was busy preparing the shot, the chesnut in the shot decided that it would really like to get to meet this horse in the lens a bit up close. So she strolled up to me, looked into the lens and then licked it. It was quite hilarious and I had to first clean the lens before I could take the shot :). These kind of moments make travelling so much fun and there are always memories to take along. Would I shoot another panorama in a corral? Hell yeah!! One other note for those who follow the whole skyfish phenomenon - This is the second time during a shoot that I encountered skyfish in my pics. If you look just above the shed, you will see one. I have purposefully left it in and not edited it out. The previous time was in over the Eiffel tower in Paris in March this year.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.