It was midday, and Peter had arrived at a waterhole in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa. Scores of white-backed and lappet-faced vultures covered an eland carcass, squabbling over the meat. ‘Two things hit me simultaneously,’ says Peter. ‘The vile stench of rotting flesh and the intense buzz of flies.’
The white-backed vultures were surprisingly violent as they vied for the best feeding positions. This particular individual had backed off from a fight but was about to re-enter the fray. Covered in dust, wings spread, head lowered, it reminded Peter of a gladiator in his chariot, lining up for a charge.
Its picture is a portrayal of the true character of this feisty bird.
This picture, taken at Zimanga game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, using an in-camera multiple exposure, with the first lit for the buffaloes and the second focused on the stars with a spectacular result.
Tajiposa is a member of the Himba tribe in Namibia, where she lives in a community of approximately 80 women.
The image above, taken by ethnographer, photographer and explorer Alegra Ally, captures Tajiposa during her “moon cycle” celebration after her first menstruation cycle.
The rite honors Tajiposa’s transformation from girlhood to womanhood by anointing her an African queen.
For five days, Himba women sing, dance and share stories late into the night. “Himba society celebrates and empowers girls during this time, which isconsidered, according to their tradition, as a sacred period,” Ally wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
“The womanhood ritual is also the first time a traditional leather crown is mounted upon her head.”
This is but one time-honored ceremony documented and immortalized in Ally’s ongoing “Wild Born Project,” which aims to collect and compile the traditions observed and customs practiced in different, often remote, sites across the world.
Through her photographic research, Ally explores how certain geographic and environmental factors affect cultures and customs.