In the soft hues of the sunrise, everything becomes magic, even more so when you see such incredible creatures as the cheetah.

Unfortunately this species, as most others, is threatened. And even though Namibia seem like a haven, cheetahs are fenced in by a network of private properties, cutting off the free flow of genes, and prey. So either they’re threatened by cities, roads, and farms in denser populated regions, sparsely populated Namibia is halting the natural flow of evolution and propagation by their incessant drive for fencing in their huge private properties, or what’s sometimes marketed as private game reserves.

In some areas the vegetation has become something entirely different than that of thousands of year of natural expression. What was open grassland with scattered trees has become a wilderness of dense thickets, often dominated by Senegalia thornbush species. Some wondered why cheetahs more and more often had damaged eyes. At first they thought they were caused by fighting. But eventually they realized they were caused by thorns from the overgrown lands these cheetahs were locked into. As the natural flow of browsers, the lands slowly became free to grow whatever could set root.

Fortunately this problem is being dealt with, but the fences are still there. Hopefully in the not too far future these fences will come down, as their owners realize that they are more harmful than beneficial.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: NIKON D5
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 720
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000 s