Ulovane Update: January 2018 Field & Back up Trails Guides Week 3
Intense, exciting….I am loving every minute!
“When I first thought about giving up my 8am to 5pm job, to attend a field guiding course, little did I know that it was to become a 5am to 8pm course. Everyone thought I was going to take a few months off to purse a passion of mine, but its been hard work. The course has been very intense but also very stimulating, exciting, thrilling and a real eye opener as to what actually happens when we open our eyes and observe our surroundings.
Ulovane is a great place to study, the facilities, lecturers, food have been great. The view from the campus is out of this world. The sunsets daily are beautiful and awe inspiring.
This week we learnt about anthropods, taxonomy and biomes. At first I thought it was going to be a rather long boring week, but once you get into it, you start to look at the different biomes, and understand the different plants, animals and insects that occur in them. With a passion for photography, I have learnt that the smaller creatures are sometimes more exciting to photograph than the larger, usual plains game. Of course everyone wants to see the Big Five, but the little ones can be far more challenging to capture and extend your photography skills.
Before this week, I didn’t know that there were so many different invertebrates, 1.4 million of them. Even plants don’t come close being only 310 000 and vertebrates bringing up the rear at 62 000. Makes one really think!
On walks now, my eyes are constantly scanning the ground, trees and bushes to find a new exciting anthropods to admire, photograph and understand its purpose. Everything has a purpose in the environment.
I cant wait for the next instalment from Ulovane!”
- Allan Elliot
There’s beauty everywhere. There are amazing things happening everywhere, you just have to be able to open your eyes and witness it. Some days, that’s harder than others. Sarah McLachlan
Backup Trails Guides
Becoming apart of nature
Week 3 and finally the bushwalks begin! This is the part that we were all looking so forward too. We are not only visiting the bush any longer, we are becoming part of it. We are beginning to notice the little things that would usually be overlooked on a game drive as such a spider setting up its nest for the evening ahead, the unusual bark of a kudu foal looking for its mother, or the endless different bird calls surrounding us.
Then of course there are the dangerous game encounters that get all of our blood pumping. Believe me, sneaking through a thicket trying to pick up on an elephant bull in order to determine his exact position gives you more than a few goosebumps.
But the beautiful thing about bush walks is that even if nothing “exciting” happens, you still have the opportunity to just be in nature and appreciate the sights and sounds that surround you and make you feel at peace.
- Niklas Binder
“Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back, and realize they were the big things.” – unknown