Category: Africa

Gambia – A Visit To Brikama Market

A morning trip to the huge Brikama Market in Gambia turned into a major event. As word spread around the market that I had a camera that could print the photos then and there – I became surrounded – at times it was three or four deep. Mums wanting photos of their beautiful babies, vegetable sellers, stall-holders in the fish market, street kids – all grabbing my arm and saying “me next, me next”. I was, of course, delighted to help and was handing out little Polaroid prints as fast I could take and print them. It was all...

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Victoria Falls, I Presume? Adventures in the Footsteps of Livingstone

2013 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of missionary and explorer David Livingstone. His exploits in Africa in search of the source of the Nile made him one of the most celebrated figures of the Victorian age and his legacy lives on to this day. By a strange coincidence the great man and I share a birthday, 19 March. There’s just a mere 165 years between us, so it was with great interest that I listened to a talk on Livingstone by modern day explorer, Colonel John Blashford-Snell at the Royal Geographical Society recently, as part of the...

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Botswana – The Elephants of Chobe National Park

I adore elephants. I love the way they walk, the swish of their tales and the way they splash themselves with water from their trunks while having a bath and a drink. I’ve been lucky enough to see wild ones in Africa and ridden behind on their backs behind their trusted mahouts (elephant trainers) in Asia. But I saw them in their greatest numbers in the beautiful Chobe National Park in Botswana. The Chobe River winds like a ribbon through the heart of the park and a river cruise provided a superb vantage point to see a herd of...

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Tantalizing Tanzania

The Northern Serengeti is dominated by woodland, and during the heaving rains it seems virtually empty. Rain is heavy and you can hear and feel the storm clouds overhead stimulating the migration to the North. The landscape is a lush green and animals appear, disappear, and reappear within a moments notice. In an instant a leopard jumps onto a low tree branch and settles. Staring into the thicket below watching intently as her mate approaches. The long rains create dramatic landscapes. Even a less photogenic Marabou stork can look graceful against the intense East African sky. Mount Kilimanjaro The...

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Moments With The Elephants Of East Africa

A Page From My Notebook: Bringing The Thunder. As storm clouds roll in so does this elephant family. They are letting me know exactly who is in charge. I am probably best known for photographing elephants. I have photographed them in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa.  In each country the elephants are different. The environment they live in is drastically diverse in each country on the continent of Africa. In Kenya, there is the open land of Amboseli National Park. Here the herds are vast. On safari, I keep a journal, a sort of photographic notebook....

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Healing The Hearts Of Kenya’s Orphans

In April of this year, during the period of long rains, I pushed along the flood soaked roads of Nairobi to the entrance gates of the Nairobi elephant orphanage. This was my first stop on a month long journey with the elephants of East Africa. Looking through the broad iron gates, it was difficult to imagine, even for a moment, a haven for the orphaned victims of the illegal ivory trade.  After all, “orphaned” meant homeless, unwanted, and unloved. But as I stepped inside I sauntered into the world of Daphne Sheldrick, and the healing arms of the David...

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