Wildlife, by Gerald Hoberman
Gerald Hoberman (1943-2013) often encountered situations so extraordinary that, if he had been told about them by someone else, he would have probably dismissed them as tall stories. Quite a few such events took place while he was touring through Africa for his Wildlife book project.
"Our light aircraft bumped along the dusty, makeshift runway in the Botswana bush and coughed to a halt just as the sun dropped below the horizon, painting the wide grassland plains vivid reddish-gold. After weeks of planning, I had arrived at Mashatu Game Reserve and was eagerly awaiting the chance to photograph leopards. I didn't expect it to be easy - these cats are elusive, especially during daytime. My host, zoologist Peter le Roux's research entailed darting the leopards, and fitting them with collars emitting a radio signal. It was hoped that when I accompanied him in the tracker jeep, the bleeps would lead us to a sighting. But as day succeeded day, I grew increasingly frustrated. I had come a long way. Peter was sympathetic, and invited me to accompany him at night instead. I joined him on one of his nocturnal research expeditions. As word got around, a feiv more people asked to be included, and our party left base camp one evening after dinner. Our vehicle lurched along for a while. Then a ghostly pair of tusks suddenly showed up in the headlights. We halted, beans pounding. But the elephant, which had been dangerously close, slowly turned and with the snap of a dead branch, disappeared into the night. We drove on towards a dry river bed. sweeping the trees with a searchlight in the hope of spotting a leopard. In the middle of the river bed the four-by-fours engine spluttered and died, and with it the radio. We were stuck, with little hope of being rescued. It became bitterly cold in the open vehicle. All we could do was sit it out until morning. Our cold discomfort was tempered by elation, however, when we spotted, not two metres away, a leopard burrowed in the soft river sand, presumably for warmth. In the freezing early hours, our endurance was rewarded by another amazing experience. On the other side of the vehicle and close to it, another leopard arrived, dragging the carcass of an impala. Suddenly a hyena challenged the cat for the kill, and a fierce altercation ensued. We sat there, awed by the savage, primeval sounds of these rival predator's. The leopard grabbed the heavy carcass - several times its own weight - in its vice-like jaws and hauled it up the tree. The display of strength was astonishing. We watched as he laid the limp, lifeless impala across a branch, a gaping, bloody void where one eye had been. In the early hour's of the morning Peter was able to coax the radio to life and transmit a crackling message back to base. We were rescued, and thawed out with steaming hot coffee, sandwiches and blankets." [...]
This is an excerpt from the book: Wildlife, by Gerald Hoberman.
Author: Gerald Hoberman
Genre: Photobook, coffee-table book
Publisher: Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection
Cape Town, South Africa 1998
ISBN 9781919734422 / ISBN 978-1-919734-42-2
Hardcover, 32 x 25 cm, 176 pages, 164 varnished colour photographs
Hoberman, Gerald im Namibiana-Buchangebot
Franschhoek & Rickety Bridge is an extraordinary book about an extraordinary place in South Africa.
South Africa, photographed by late Gerald Hoberman, is a land of wonder, intrigue and glorious colour.
A Hoberman book from the sought after first edition: Beautiful, spot varnished photographs in celebration of the splendour and diversity of South Africa.
South Africa, in a medium-sized format, beautifully designed, printed and bound, is a true Hoberman photo book.
Beautiful photography from all regions of South Africa is presented in this large-format Hoberman photo book.
This large and beautiful photo book shares selected magic moments with you and preserving them for posterity, as a memento, a record and a celebration of life in Cape Town.
A beautiful collection of breathtaking photographs and accompanying adventure stories about wildlife worldwide.
A beautiful and luxurious Hoberman-style, large format photo book on many interesting facetts of Namibia.
South Africa’s Winelands of the Cape is a luxury large format with printed designer cloth hardcover, debossed and gold foiled title, ribbon bookmark and head and tail bands.
The large format photo book Kaapse Klopse celebrates hundred years tradition of the Cape Town Ministrel Carnival.
A cookbook and portray of famous D'vine Restaurant at Willowbrook Lodge in Somerset West as an important stopover for culinary visitors to South Africa.
With more than 1000 photographs, Exclusive Safari Lodges of South Africa features more than seventy of South Africa's finest game lodges.
This pocket edition of Lighthouses of South Africa is profusely illustrated with dramatic photographs taken by world-renowned master photographer Gerald Hoberman from the land, the sea and the air.
Cape Town at small scale in a miniature Hoberman photo book.
Hoberman at small scale: South Africa is a place of wonder, intrigue and glorious colour.
Lighthouses of South Africa is an epic story of shipping over the centuries and of mariners who embarked on competitive quests for wealth and exploration, braving the Cape of Good Hope.
Gerald Hoberman's Cape Town is an inspiring photo book, a celebration of diversity and difference.
Hoberman's medium-sized photo book is an unforgettable visual journey through the small paradise perched on Africa's southernmost peninsula, Cape Town.
South Africa's Winelands of the Cape in a medium sized Hoberman photo book that showcases the best attributes of the wine-growing regions of the Cape Peninsula.
The spirit, essence and diversity of the winelands from Cape Point to the Orange River at miniature scale but still a real Hoberman book.
South Africa's Floral Kingdom is the collaboration of Gerald Hoberman and John Manning, an authority on the South African flora.
Dies ist ein handwerklich und ästethisch hochwertiges und exklusives Spitzenwerk von Gerald Hoberman über Kapstadt!
Der Hoberman ist ein Spitzenwerk unter den Namibia-Bildbänden! Dies ist die deutsche Ausgabe.