Shoot me !!
The above picture is a long range photo of a monkey seating on the top of a hillock at Maramani Rest Camp in the Shashe area in Beitbridge West.
I take photography as a hobby and it has helped me have a clear introspection into life in so many ways.
I have shot thousands of pictures ever since my high school friend Knox Lollipop L Chipengule taught me how to operate a camera as far back as 1993.
Now back to the picture. Monkeys are very perceptive and respond with quick reflexes. Their lives depend on that.
I was at least eighty metres away from the fellow when I spotted him and tried to capture of him. I believed the distance was not obtrusive but was I wrong!! He had already spotted me as I raised my camera and extended my lens of the Canon SX410 IS.
All he did was extend his tail down the rock and turn slightly to the right as if in a pose. Two frames later he bounded off.
Therewith my lesson. The fellow knew his environs and was aware of what was focusing on him even if it was eighty metres away.
Because he knew his environs, he also knew what posed a threat to him. I guess little urchins have taken potshots with a catapult at him and he knew how to duck to safety but I guess because he knew of what danger is, he was aware that the camera meant no harm.
The fellow knew his environment, knew his abode and knew what would harm him hence he had no fear of the fellow at the mountain bottom.
There I learnt, when I know where I am, what I am facing and where my refuge is, I have no reason to fear.
I am not afraid of fear.