Respecting the Rhino

Recently we visited a nearby nature reserve for a Saturday afternoon. It is not an easy activity after the first hour or so particularly when you have a 3 and 6 year old in the back seat of the car.

After reaching the end of our patience we decided to head back to the park gate. We rounded a corner and I spotted something out the corner of my eye on a dirt road to the left. Determined to have my children experience Rhinoceros in the wild, we took the detour. For thirty to forty minutes we stopped the car alongside the mommy Rhino and her rather large calf.

I was fortunate enough on the day to be trying out the Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro lens with matching 1.4x converter on an OM-D E-M 5.

The moment was spectacular. My oldest son in particular sensed the special nature of what we were seeing and hearing (since they were so close we could hear them eating through the open windows of the car).

There was an extremely heavy feeling in my heart when I was explaining to my sons that “bad men” were hunting and killing these magnificent animals just for their horns, and that they may one day never see the Rhino again like they did at that moment in time.

I will always relive that moment through these images. Make sure to not only capture subjects in photography, but make memories you will want to recall each time you review those images.