Springbok - Sun Runners
A herd of Springbok run towards the setting sun, as photographed in the wilds of Namibia.
This photograph symbolizes both the name of this species (they like to spring, or jump), and the energy that the sun holds. Without the sun, no life will exist.
I love this image as it implies action, color and behavior. This antelope is very tricky to photograph due to its speed. It is always best to anticipate its movement and focus on that spot ... and wait for them to cross that focus spot. And at that spot, push the button.
Freedom, as always, is as beautiful as Mona Lisa's smile.
The springbok is a medium-sized brown and white gazelle that stands about 70 to 90 cm high. Springbok males weigh between 33 and 50 kg and the females between 25 and 40 kg . They can reach running speeds of up to 90 km/h , to 96 km/h and can leap 3.50 m and can long jump of up to 15 m.
The specific epithet ''marsupialis'' derives from a pocket-like skin flap which extends along the middle of the back from the tail onwards. When the male springbok is showing off his strength.. more