Finding Eden in Africa

When it rains in Africa everything is transformed from a pallet of dry brown to a rich green interspersed with splashes of colour. Lenses usually focused on wildlife and birds quickly get distracted by the mirage of flowering grass blowing in the wind. Sometimes when you are lucky, you even get the chance to photograph…

Kruger in the Wet

  Kruger in the rainy season is a totally different experience to the dry season. The wet season may be a time of plenty for the wildlife but it’s a time of drought when it comes to good photography opportunities. The bush throughout the park during this time of year is a lush green with…

The Art of Building a Grass House

There are two things that never fail to get my attention, a bunch of Baboons messing around, and Weaver Birds busy building their nests. Give me any one of these and I’m a happy chap. What’s fascinating about weaver birds is how they manage to intricately thread and weave strands of grass into a perfectly…

The Struggle to Survive

I was going through some of the unprocessed shots in one of my back-up drives and came across this photo of an Impala struggling to free itself from the mud of a drying waterhole. The photo brings back memories of a very sad scene at Klopperfontein Dam near Punda Maria camp in the far north…

Soft Landing

Sometimes it pays to go back in time and take a look at old files. It’s interesting what you find. When you come back from a trip the focus is always on shots of something that you found particularly interesting at the time. Consequently you skim past a lot of other stuff that when you…

Lapwing Vs Mongoose

There is a saying that if you sit at a waterhole Africa comes to you. One day this last trip we spent five hours at a busy pan much of it watching National Geographic live in the form of a running battle between a pair of Blacksmith Lapwings and a Slender Mongoose. The lapwings had a…

Walking on Water

Lake Panic near Skukuza in Kruger is a foolproof photographers dream location. It’s almost impossible to sit in that hide and not come away with something worth keeping, be it birds or wildlife. Even photographing common birds like the African Jacana is a pleasure as they go about their business oblivious to your presence very…

Fast Cat Odyssey

Four years and thousands of kilometers of bumpy dusty roads is a long time and a lot of pain between Cheetah sightings. But as they say, in Africa always expect the unexpected! If you have ever driven the road between Letaba camp and Phalaborwa Gate in Kruger National Park you will know it’s not a…