Staying Home during the Lockdown – Day 10

Staying Home during the Lockdown – Day 10

It is Day 10 of the Covid-19 lockdown, here in South Africa, and autumn is in the air in Johannesburg. It has been an intense week of work, and the calm and quiet are strangely welcome. I say strangely, because the times are not normal, and we stay home not by choice but because we [...]

Hornbill, elephant and grey loerie – an ethical problem?

Hornbill, elephant and grey loerie – an ethical problem?

Usually when I post about wildlife photography it is simply to share my images, to comment perhaps on the choice of colour or of black-and-white, to say something about where the photographs were taken, and the circumstances - but this time I want to say a few words about something different, about the ethics of [...]

Bird photographer at dawn

Bird photographer at dawn

I will be in Brussels when this post appears, traveling for a few days on business. To keep the customers satisfied, I have scheduled this post in my absence: a photograph of a solitary photographer, reflected through the reeds, in the mirror-like waters of the vlei at Marievale - a mirror of myself, in a [...]

Dusk, Kalk Bay

Dusk, Kalk Bay

Interviewer: Dusk at Kalk Bay - tell me about this image. (PS click on the image to enlarge). Me: No. Not right now, anyway. Rob and I are getting packed and heading out shortly to spend the long weekend - it's the Youth Day weekend, here in South Africa - in the Magaliesberg. Interviewer: Ah! [...]

Easter in Toronto

Easter in Toronto

My scheduled post last weekend would have landed on your devices whilst Rob and I were in Cape Town with Jono, Hayley, Gabriel and Kathy and Thomas. This post lands as Rob and I are spending Easter back home in Toronto, Canada, with my youngest daughter Eve, her husband Shaun and our grandson Joshua. Let [...]

Gull and gull-ible

Gull and gull-ible

As you read this, Rob and I will be in Cape Town - Simonstown, to be precise - for a long-awaited grand reunion with my son, Jonathan, our daughter-in-law Hayley and grandson Gabriel. They will have flown out from London on Friday evening; we are to meet up with them, and with my eldest daughter [...]

Flamingoes at Marievale

Flamingoes at Marievale

Flamingoes alighted on the Sunday morning at Marievale, drawing out a dozen or more of us birdwatchers and photographers, tripods and telephoto lenses lined up along the narrow road across the vlei, binoculars glinting, a palpable excitement in the air. Here is my flamingo portfolio.

Ruff formation

Ruff formation

Ruffs in formation against a blank sky make an abstract pattern, suited I think to black-and-white; but Ruffs flying low in the morning light with water and reeds as backdrop make for a different kind of image, with a different mood and feeling. Don't you think? I'll spare you the play on 'Reformation'...