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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
Namibia is one of the world’s least populated countries, full of wild and wide-open spaces that make it an adventurous and exciting place in which to travel. And it’s a great place for landscape photography, too, with deserts and dunes, bush, salt pans and rocky peaks to picture beneath the big African sky. The rim of the Fish River Canyon and the boulder-like hills of Spitzkoppe – ‘the Matterhorn of Namibia – were two highlights during my trip, both located on the edge of the 2,000 kilometre-long Namib Desert from which the country takes its name. The Namib’s shifting sands, mountains and gravel plains extend...Read More
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