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Attentive readers will remember that I splurged on a trip to Africa late in 2011. Here is another tidbit from that wonderful trip, taken from an elevated position on a very nice Eurocopter ("the Bentley of helicopters"). I was skeptical ahead of time because it was an expensive hour in flight, but it was absolutely worth it. It was the BBC/NatGeo cameraman's view of the delta -- quite a ride.

These two hippos were not amused by the chopper and hustled themselves out of the way. It was something to see: they just blast through the water, pure river horsepower on display. You could wakeboard behind them, if you had the cojones. Which I myself do not.




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Jan 14, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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Nice!! I like the point of view.


Jan 14, 2012 at 04:21 AM
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Looks like a safe point of view nice shot


Jan 14, 2012 at 04:27 AM
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Pretty but I'm forced to wonder about the consequences of these increasing disturbances in the Delta and elsewhere. Our pilots always maintained at least 200 meter distances.


Jan 14, 2012 at 04:49 AM
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Wow, what a rush Mark! Think of the poor frog that was sittin' on the top center lily pads
that sight'd knock 5 years off yer life Powerful stuff, love to see more.



Jan 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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Neat shot Mark - I like it ~ Ron


Jan 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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They certainly do create a wake. A different and fresh perspective. Well done Mark.
Douglas



Jan 14, 2012 at 01:39 PM
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Very nice shot.

Birdie



Jan 14, 2012 at 01:49 PM
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KCollett wrote:
Nice!! I like the point of view.

Thanks Ken. Being able to see the world from above is always different and fun.

Mark



Jan 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
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gschrade wrote:
Looks like a safe point of view nice shot

Yes, if you're on the ground with these guys you are definitely out-gunned.



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Steve Shinn wrote:
Pretty but I'm forced to wonder about the consequences of these increasing disturbances in the Delta and elsewhere. Our pilots always maintained at least 200 meter distances.

Steve -- I share the concern. This was a fairly large scene, cropped quite a bit, with a medium telephoto. But with that said, they obviously noticed the helicopter.



Jan 14, 2012 at 04:08 PM
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trenchmonkey wrote:
Wow, what a rush Mark! Think of the poor frog that was sittin' on the top center lily pads
that sight'd knock 5 years off yer life Powerful stuff, love to see more.

Thanks Will. I don't think you ever want to be in front of a hippo in a hurry, even if you are another hippo. They can spin and head in the opposite direction amazingly quickly, too.



Jan 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
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surfnron wrote:
Neat shot Mark - I like it ~ Ron

Thanks Ron!

Mark



Jan 14, 2012 at 04:11 PM
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That is a powerful shot Mark. That must have been an awesome experience.

Tim



Jan 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM
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douter wrote:
They certainly do create a wake. A different and fresh perspective. Well done Mark.
Douglas

Many thanks -- I did gain more respect for the amazing shots from the air that I tend to take for granted when I see them on television. It ain't that easy!

Mark


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Jan 14, 2012 at 04:13 PM
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birdied wrote:
Very nice shot.

Birdie

Thanks, Birdie -- I appreciate the look.

Mark



Jan 14, 2012 at 04:14 PM
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makes for a great shot Mark


Jan 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
That is a powerful shot Mark. That must have been an awesome experience.

Tim

Thanks, Tim. Yes, it was a great ride and a great view of the delta

Mark



Jan 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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kmunroe wrote:
makes for a great shot Mark

Thanks Kenny!

Mark



Jan 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM
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Cool capture, Mark! it gives the sense of the power of these animals
Socrate



Jan 15, 2012 at 02:36 AM
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