The sight and sound of 1.2 million wildebeest and zebra making their annual migration, as they chase the rain, is something I wish everyone could experience in the flesh. The frenetic movement of the animals as they cross the various rivers and tributaries was the first thing to sink home during my first crossing. Although not a classic abstract, in that you can clearly identify the wildebeest, it’s the pattern of movement in this image that I love.
The wide-eyed fear and confusion also captured my intrigue as the animals fight all instinct to jump into the river and swim to greener grass. When faced with huge crossings, you can go for the wide-angled image, which serves to show the mass of bodies, or you can crop tighter to show a little more of the swirling mass of hoof, horn and tail. I love the image below because it depicts the fear and panic of animals, all moving in different directions, each seeking their own way out.