Being in peace with the animals in near pristine environment is a very powerful experience. Some of my experiences in Botswana in late 2004 were put together by me as photo journal and semi-fiction story here, and here. You can never forget having a tea on the ground 50 meters from a young bull elephant that has chosen to ignore you. Or a hippo who does not care much about you at that moment... Or a lioness only heading to a call from a lion... Or a mother cheetah focusing on her cubs...Or the pack of African wild dogs with teeth stained with fresh blood getting ready for another kill.
"In exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards rediscovering the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals. The images depict a world that is without beginning or end, here or there, past or present."
--Gregory Colbert, Creator of Ashes and Snow
Acknowledgments: Leopard picture by Lav Tandon (2004) and one to the left from Flying Elephant Foundation. Only a young leopard can have such a strong shoulder and neck.