Explore the wilderness with us… Within the next 10-15 years we will see the last-remaining wilderness area on earth dominated by the demands of growing human populations and undermined by accelerated climate change. When the earth’s last wild places are gone, all we will have are fenced off protected areas dependent on constant intervention to persist and marginalized by the demands of sustained development in emerging markets. Guides, rangers, researchers, ecotourists, photographers, artists and conservationists around the world apply themselves everyday to sharing, studying, photographing, writing about, protecting, conserving and celebrating the “wild” with their guests, co-workers, colleagues, and local communities. These amazing photographs are a window into their world, a world where the lions, elephants, orangutans and leopards still reign supreme and we can dream of that perfect morning in the wilderness.
Ranger Diaries and The Bush Boyes have teamed up to bring you the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness”. These stunning photographs are selected from hundreds of submissions and are intended to bring the beauty, freedom and splendor of the wilderness to as many people as possible around the world. Please submit your best photographs from the wildest places to the Bush Boyes wall or Ranger Diaries, and stand a chance of being featured in the “Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness” published each week. This initiative is all about SHARING and CARING about wild places. Please “Like” this blog post and share this link with as many people as possible… So begins the “Ranger Revolution”… Anyone can be an “Honorary Ranger” if they share and care about the wilderness, stimulating positive change for wild places around the world… Join the revolution now!
Ranger Diaries WON “Best Environmental Blog” and “Best Photographic Blog” in the 2012 South African Blog Awards!!! Congratulations and we look forward to 2013!
“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to man. All things are connected.” – Chief Seattle –
“The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs” – Cicero –
“And only then, when I have learned enough I will go to watch the animals, and let something of their composure slowly guide into my limbs; will see my own existence deep in their eyes…..” – Rainer Maria Rilke –
“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson –
“In the silence of the woods, you will not be alone.” – Chief Seattle –
“To rarely speak – such is the way of Nature.” – The Tao Te Ching –
“I am never alone in this wild forest, this forest of elders, this forest of eyes.” – Richard Nelson –
“If a person does not see, hear, or smell civilization, he or she is in wilderness.” – Roderick Frazier Nash –
“The whole world was a nest on its humble tilt, in the maze of the universe, holding us.” – Linda Hogan –
“I wonder at all the things I think I’ve touched but haven’t.” – Barry Lopez –
“In Wildness is the preservation of the World.” – Henry David Thoreau –
“It is always worthwhile to sit or kneel at the feet of grandeur.” – John Burroughs –
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates –
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust –
“Now I know what it is to sit enthroned amid the clouds of sunset.” – Rudyard Kipling –
“Allowing nature to take over proved easier than I imagined.” – David Masumoto –
“In big wilderness we have a chance to seek answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.” – David Brower –
“What is it that so many people find enchanting in animals? Their essence – their BEING – is not covered up by the mind, as it is in most humans.” – Eckhart Tolle –
“Everything natural – every flower, tree, and animal – has important lessons to teach us. Stop, Look, and Listen.” – Eckhart Tolle –
“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.” – John Sawhill –
“We are speaking of things that are barely visible – of the most intimate and fragile things, of flowers that open only in the night.” – Carl Jung –
“I tried to prove that the never ending search for the essence of the wild was the underlying motive of all trips and expeditions.” – Sigurd Olson –
“Unless you respect the earth, you destroy it.” – Oren Lyons, Onondaga chief –
“Listen to what you know instead of what you fear.” – Richard Bach –
“Nature is so powerful, so strong …. It takes you to a place within yourself.” – Annie Leibovitz –
“Every year, my brother (Chris Boyes), Pete (“the Nare”) Hugo, Giles (“Prince William”) Trevethick and I (Dr Steve Boyes) cross the Okavango Delta, top to bottom, on mokoros (dug-out canoes) to survey the distribution and abundance of wetland birds, advocate for World Heritage Status, and share this amazing wilderness with accompanying scientists, explorers and special guests. My wife, Dr Kirsten Wimberger, joined us for the first time this year. No one will forget what happened on the 2012 expedition…”
In 2013, we are embarking on the Okavango River Expedition. This will be a 1,750km odyssey down the Okavango River from the source near Huambo (Angola) all the way down the catchment, across the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), and into Botswana to cross the Okavango Delta via one of our planet’s last untouched wilderness areas. Our objective is to support the Okavango World Heritage Project and achieve UNESCO World Heritage Status for the Okavango Delta and the entire catchment. See: http://www.okavangofilm.com/
Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to conserving Africa's wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. After having worked as a camp manager and wilderness guide in the Okavango Delta and doing his PhD field work on the little-known Meyer's Parrot, Steve took up a position as a Centre of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology. He has since been appointed the Scientific Director of the Wild Bird Trust and is a 2014 TED Fellow. His work takes him all over Africa, but his day-to-day activities are committed to South Africa's endemic and Critically Endangered Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus). Based in Hogsback Village in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Steve runs the Cape Parrot Project, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through high-quality research and community-based conservation action. When not in Hogsback, Steve can be found in the Okavango Delta where he explores remote areas of this wetland wilderness on "mokoros" or dug-out canoes to study endangered bird species in areas that are otherwise inaccessible. Steve is a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer for his work in the Okavango Delta and on the Cape Parrot Project.
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