Sam McEwan @sammcewan

http://photos.mcewan.nz/

Mountains, crags and flying things.

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"Everything the light touches is our kingdom"

The Lion King was a pivotal moment of my youth. I remember the theatre I was in, the tears, the terror of the hyenas and the climax.

Obviously being in the Serengeti the last week has meant this hasn't been far from my mind. What strikes me is how much fun it must have been to create the film with so much to work with, the jumbled trees, the animals and most importantly the circle of life. This place managed to exceed every expectation.

However! We need to tidy up a couple of key points given the Serengeti is the main source of inspiration:
- Meerkats are not in the Serengeti.
- The Boabab tree cannot grow in the Serengeti as it only grows between 900 and 1000 meters. The Serengeti is 1200m+
- Hyenas are super cool
- Baboons are disgusting
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"Everything the light touches is our kingdom" The Lion King was a pivotal moment of my youth. I remember the theatre I was in, the tears, the terror of the hyenas and the climax. Obviously being in the Serengeti the last week has meant this hasn't been far from my mind. What strikes me is how much fun it must have been to create the film with so much to work with, the jumbled trees, the animals and most importantly the circle of life. This place managed to exceed every expectation. However! We need to tidy up a couple of key points given the Serengeti is the main source of inspiration: - Meerkats are not in the Serengeti. - The Boabab tree cannot grow in the Serengeti as it only grows between 900 and 1000 meters. The Serengeti is 1200m+ - Hyenas are super cool - Baboons are disgusting . . . . . #naturephoto #watchthisinstagood #artofvisuals #awesome_earthpix #landscape_captures #rsa_rural #natureaddict #nature_wizards #awesomeearth #naturediversity #ourplanetdaily #earth_deluxe #instanaturelover #nature_prefection #allnatureshots #gottalove_a_ #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #fantastic_earth #unlimitedplanet #afrika #igs_africa #afrique #super_africa #ig_africa #unlimitedafrica #nikonphotography #nikontop #nikon_photography_ #nikon_photography

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Word has it that yesterday somewhere nearby someone took to two zebras with a sword on a motorbike. The meat is used for biltong. 
Tanzania takes poaching very seriously. Offenders with guns are shot on site and never reported. 
However, this individual was caught with a sword so instead he'll get 30 years minimum sentence.
This is an encouraging post. This astonishingly diverse ecosystem is worth protecting and the government knows so.
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Word has it that yesterday somewhere nearby someone took to two zebras with a sword on a motorbike. The meat is used for biltong. Tanzania takes poaching very seriously. Offenders with guns are shot on site and never reported. However, this individual was caught with a sword so instead he'll get 30 years minimum sentence. This is an encouraging post. This astonishingly diverse ecosystem is worth protecting and the government knows so. . . . . . #naturephoto #watchthisinstagood #artofvisuals #awesome_earthpix #landscape_captures #rsa_rural #natureaddict #nature_wizards #awesomeearth #naturediversity #ourplanetdaily #earth_deluxe #instanaturelover #nature_prefection #allnatureshots #gottalove_a_ #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #fantastic_earth #unlimitedplanet #afrika #igs_africa #afrique #super_africa #ig_africa #unlimitedafrica #nikonphotography #nikontop #nikon_photography_ #nikon_photography

Our first kill in the Serengeti. As the sun came up we drove past tens of thousands of migrating wildebeest to find a pair of cheetahs. We watched as they stalked out a young wilderbeest and surgically dispatched it as cleanly as possible.
A hard watch but that's life in the Seregeti.
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Our first kill in the Serengeti. As the sun came up we drove past tens of thousands of migrating wildebeest to find a pair of cheetahs. We watched as they stalked out a young wilderbeest and surgically dispatched it as cleanly as possible. A hard watch but that's life in the Seregeti. . . . . . #naturephoto #watchthisinstagood #artofvisuals #awesome_earthpix #landscape_captures #rsa_rural #natureaddict #nature_wizards #awesomeearth #naturediversity #ourplanetdaily #earth_deluxe #instanaturelover #nature_prefection #allnatureshots #gottalove_a_ #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #fantastic_earth #unlimitedplanet #afrika #igs_africa #afrique #super_africa #ig_africa #unlimitedafrica #nikonphotography #nikontop #nikon_photography_ #nikon_photography

Having a Serengeti in the central Seregeti with Safari partner in crime @jayniehaka
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Having a Serengeti in the central Seregeti with Safari partner in crime @jayniehaka

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Our guide James whips out some binoculars "I'm going to find some lions for you". He sees the unseeable and hits the gas. 
We take a remote road to a rocky outcrop where a pride of twenty lions is sunning themselves. "You guys are very, very lucky. No one sees this"
Seldom to say this ruined any other group of lions we saw from now on. 🦁
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Our guide James whips out some binoculars "I'm going to find some lions for you". He sees the unseeable and hits the gas. We take a remote road to a rocky outcrop where a pride of twenty lions is sunning themselves. "You guys are very, very lucky. No one sees this" Seldom to say this ruined any other group of lions we saw from now on. 🦁 . . . . . #naturephoto #watchthisinstagood #artofvisuals #awesome_earthpix #landscape_captures #rsa_rural #natureaddict #nature_wizards #awesomeearth #naturediversity #ourplanetdaily #earth_deluxe #instanaturelover #nature_prefection #allnatureshots #gottalove_a_ #nature_brilliance #EarthVisuals #fantastic_earth #unlimitedplanet #afrika #igs_africa #afrique #super_africa #ig_africa #unlimitedafrica #nikonphotography #nikontop #nikon_photography_ #nikon_photography

This morning's menagerie! 🐘
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This morning's menagerie! 🐘

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A wild evening safari with giraffes, elephants, ostriches, leopards, zebras, wilder beasts, buffalo, Dik-diks and a bajillion birds culminated in this mindblowing experience. Africa is astonishing.
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A wild evening safari with giraffes, elephants, ostriches, leopards, zebras, wilder beasts, buffalo, Dik-diks and a bajillion birds culminated in this mindblowing experience. Africa is astonishing.

Mama and baby gorilla just rocking through our group entirely on her own terms.
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Mama and baby gorilla just rocking through our group entirely on her own terms.

Our first encounter with the silverback of the Mubare group. He charged at us initially then relaxed.
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Our first encounter with the silverback of the Mubare group. He charged at us initially then relaxed.

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Back online after a gorilla invaded our camp and broke our internet by pulling a banana tree on to it! πŸ¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬
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Back online after a gorilla invaded our camp and broke our internet by pulling a banana tree on to it! πŸ¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬

Few things can compare to how extraordinary it was to track and visit this vibrant family of mountain gorillas in their home. 18km through thick jungle. More to come! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬πŸ¦
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Few things can compare to how extraordinary it was to track and visit this vibrant family of mountain gorillas in their home. 18km through thick jungle. More to come! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬πŸ¦

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