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Gorilla’s in the mist

Hi everybody,

This is around the 6th or 7th week into this site where I talk about my photographic journey. Close to 1800 people have visited the site without having advertised it. No idea whether these are genuine hits or not, … up to now nobody has reacted to anything, so maybe not, yet I won’t worry about that too much and I will keep on sharing with you. When you are reading this, that’s probably because you read my anouncement on Facebook or because you received an e-mail telling you about Pics from the Wild. Not to stalk people, I will send no more e-mails, yet I will post on facebook whenever a new post is out there, that way you can still decide whether you want to read up on that one or not. Looking forward to your feedback and interaction!

That being said, this is a first post in the category: wildlife & nature destinations. The first one in that category is the Volcano National Parc in Rwanda, hosting the Mountain Gorilla’s that got famous through the movie about Dianne Fossey’s life, Gorilla’s in the mist.

Canon 350D, Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 @ 75mm, 1/200, f/5.6, ISO400

These creatures share 97% of their genes with us, human beings, hence crossing eyes with a silverback or any other group member is a trully amazing and humbling experience, worth every

Canon 350D, Canon 75-300 f/4-5.6 @ 300mm, 1/60, f/5.6, ISO400

single USD you’ve paid to do so. While I was living in Rwanda, it has probably been the most asked question I got from visitors, ‘should we spend the money?’, all of them received a full blown YES as an answer and none of them came back disappointed. DO IT, it’s worth it, and oh yes, once you’ve tracked your group, you only get one hour with them, and although it’s oh so tempting, try not to spend the full hour staring through your camera, yet contemplate the moment!

For more information on gorilla permits etc., do check out the ORTPN site, and of course please feel free to drop a line as well, I’ll bemore than happy to advise where possible or to link you up with people that are better placed to help you. In my next post I will tell you a bit more about my gorilla experience.

Warm regards and as I said, whether you’re out on a gorilla trip or not, enjoy the moment!