Friday, April 7, 2017

OKAVANGO DELTA IN BOTSWANA


The best thing we ever decided to do on the spur of the moment was to fly to Pom Pom Camp in the Okavango Delta.

This is where we spent a few days waking up to the call of Fish Eagles with very noisy Hippos frolicking in the pond in front of our Lodge and Lions roaring in the distance.

We saw lots of amazing birds, many being a first for Guy who was in heaven as he was involved with the nomination by UNESCO of the Okavango Delta as a World Heritage site and could finally fly over & see the area after all his hard work.

The game drives were the best ever with knowledgeable  trackers and we saw all kinds of antelopes, Lions, Leopards, Elephants etc. But my favorite was drifting around this expanse of water at sunrise, in the shallows far from the hippos. In the silent mokoro all we could hear was the sound of the reads parting in front of our pirogue, the calls of the birds and looking for the enchanting, tiny  Reed Frogs amongst many other things. Not one mosquito!

It was beautiful to fly over the Swamps and see herds of animals gathering at water points below us, sadly the dream was over too quickly. 
Our most sincere thanks go to the great team of Rhino Africa Safaris http://www.rhinoafrica.com for this marvelous trip.We cherish memories of this experience which reminded us how beautiful the wildlife, the landscapes, the sunsets and the people of Africa are.
























Thursday, February 9, 2017

TABLE MOUNTAIN



Believe it or not I have been in this country for 50 years this year, a photographer for 26 years and did not have one shot of this iconic view people come from the other side of the world to see!!!! Last weekend I decided to photograph from Bloubergstrand area for 2 days. Well now I have it from close, from far, with colours with fog……….       

The first evening on the beach there was no wind, fabulous clouds and after going through many colours, changing its mood several times, the sunset turned into spectacular reds and I could not resist wanting to capture its entire splendor with my fish eye lens. The next day was totally different as a thick band of fog sat on the horizon but the last light and cloud formation was dramatic.








Friday, October 14, 2016

WEST COAST MOODS



My two recent trips to the West Coast were perfectly timed and presented me with such a variety of weather and subjects to explore. From fields of bright flowers stretching in the sunshine to misty mornings and moody skies, right down to very early sunrises of intense colours, they all gave me the opportunity to experience such different impressions and capture the ambience of the moment. A touch of macro in flowers followed by the discovery of sea shells and sparkling kelp glistening in heavy due had me lying down on the beach lost in my imagination while the sun warmed me gently and Guy made us another cup of coffee.



















Tuesday, June 28, 2016

“Almal wil’n Huisie by die see hĂȘ ….. “



On this memorable trip along the West Coast, I was the guest of the most inspiring and formidable FULL SPECTRUM Ladies who asked PETER HAARHOFF to be the tour leader. His vast knowledge of the area took us to the best locations and combined with his patient advice he was ready for all eventualities and encouraged us to experiment in unexpected directions. We had a marvelous time and so enjoyed his wicked sense of humor.
From Paternoster to Lambert’s Bay, we explored the area in dense, cold mist or spectacular light and I soon stopped counting the highlights as every shoot was a photographic delight. Culminating with the “snoek run”, a frantic race out to sea followed by the hard, smelly work of the “fish mongers” in the harbor, my Afrikaans vocabulary leapt forward with some choice explicit!!

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Contact Peter Haarhoff / Mobile: 082­ 853­ 9939 / Cape Photographic Company:  http://www.capephotoco.co.za/western-cape-photography-tours.php