Photo by Mario Moreno

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    Mario Moreno is a professional photographer from Knysna, South Africa. He has no formal training but has been teaching himself the art for the last thirty years. His images of wildlife have been published in Canon catalogues and brochures, Hallmark postcards, Travel Africa Magazine and Wild Magazine to name a few. Some of his photographs were finalists in the BBC Wildlife Photographer competition.

    Story Behind:

    I woke up with a plan. I had to capture this image - A lone acacia tree against the back drop of the sunrise in the open plains just north of the Satara camp. It would be the perfect iconic representation of the African landscape.

    I was in Kruger National Park driving towards the location I had in mind which I had spotted yesterday, when I passed by two White Rhinos; endangered species. I slammed the breaks and got out of the car. It was a wonderful scene. I observed that the sun had begun to rise and was sitting just above the horizon. A light mist settled over the plains, creating a soft texture; ideal conditions for a shot.

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    1. renrut01 32 months ago | reply

      Fantastic!!

    2. Clone06 [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture!

    3. Steve Rosset 31 months ago | reply

      Wow that is incredible - what a perfect silhouette.

    4. Simon_Long 31 months ago | reply

      very good composition and light !!! well done my friend !!!

    5. Fredrik Evald Johansson 31 months ago | reply

      Nominated

      Your photo is a Wildlife Award winner!

    6. Mckenzie Walters 30 months ago | reply

      Fantastic work...........Bravo

    7. Justabird2 (more off then on :) 30 months ago | reply

      Very strong work. Really speaks well for the protection of this species. Emphasized horn by capturing the silhouette. Gorgeous colors and well balanced with the rising sun. This has a strong, moral sense to it. I hope all can see that. Well done, Mario! angie from FL (Adm) (Note: 1 image a day may be posted)

      "Hi, my name is Angie aka Justabird2, and I am an Administrator of Howard and Caz's Gallery. Only exemplary work on a Platinum Level is invited. Once posted (1 image a day allowed) in the pool it will have it's last viewing by the Senior Art Director. If approved your image will take a permanent seat of honor amongst the finest of Flickr images. That is what makes HCG different and unique to Flickr. I believe, in my opinion, this wonderful image of yours belongs with this high quality Gallery! Please, take a look at Howard and Caz's Gallery and if it is to your liking I would be honored for you to post your marvelous work. Your hard work and effort is appreciated and I look forward to seeing more of your talent. I thank you very much for your time and consideration. Angie, (Adm)"

    8. D.Eickhoff 29 months ago | reply

      Mahalo nui loa! for this most wonderful silhouette of a precious white rhino.

      Aloha,
      David

    9. Claudia A Huizenga 29 months ago | reply

      impresionante captura!!

    10. harvstmn 29 months ago | reply

      Stunning Capture!!! I admire your work!!!

    11. SMFREE.72 29 months ago | reply

      Scatto sorprendente. Bellissimo...

    12. xx_chaton_xx [deleted] 29 months ago | reply

      Excellent!!!

    13. Anirban Sinha 80 29 months ago | reply

      This is too good to comment!!! I am Speechless!

    14. M.L. @ TW 29 months ago | reply

      great shot...

    15. Papá e Tutugui (|lO_o|l) [deleted] 28 months ago | reply

      ♥♥♥

    16. Pan.101 23 months ago | reply

      Amazing work.

    17. mnreddy9 21 months ago | reply

      Superb silhouette

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