Palmiet Nature Reserve is ready for Spring! We’ve had a cold winter, some early rain, wind storms and today a hot ‘Berg wind.’ Nature lovers in the Palmiet Rangers group have been spotting all sorts of interesting life in our valley. Then some Palmetians went to Roosfontein and shot a Nightjar! Meantime, Pigeon Valley inContinue reading “Some Spring Sightings”
Palmiet neighbour Roger Hogg takes bird photography to amazing heights. We are so happy to receive his regular contributions to our little Palmiet Rangers whatsapp group. This week he sent three stunning additions: top: half-collared kingfisher ~~~oo0oo~~~
Jupiter and Saturn below the full moon put on a special show. A whatsapp message from an old schoolfriend sent me outside to take a picture, but the moon was too bright for my camera to deal with. Hence the annotated internet picture. We’ve been having such beautiful skies – night and day – thatContinue reading “Beautiful Skies”
A red-capped Robin-chat, a vervet monkey and a Purple-crested Turaco visit the birdbaths. Then later: More vervets, Red-eyed Dove, Dark-capped Bulbul and Black-bellied Glossy Starlings. And then no birds, but a nice shadow: ~~~oo0oo~~~ ~~~oo0oo~~~
Random pictures from lockdown in our valley. I won’t get all the credits right, but for starters, lots of bird pics from Roger Hogg, lots of butterfly, moth and caterpillar – and many other creatures – from Suncana. And a few from me: ~~~oo0oo~~~
I suddenly realised yesterday that the Yellow-bellied Greenbul was in bright light, as was the Purple-crested Turaco that was the next lady for a shave. It was 8am and the trouble with my birdbath is that it’s in deep shade and the morning light from behind makes photography difficult. Took me a while to workContinue reading “Morning Sun from the West!?”
I know I should work to earn money so I can one day sit on my arse and listen to the birds and photograph butterflies. And see two gory kills within minutes, with two animals dying before my very eyes to satisfy the hungry needs of their predators. So this morning: Flies don’t even haveContinue reading “One Day”
I always have little ‘blues’ on my lawn; small butterflies, some tiny that flit about too small, too fast and too pale for my camera to get a decent shot. They usually look little pale grey beauties. But yesterday one was different, bigger; so I out with the camera and managed to get two fuzzyContinue reading “Lawn Butterfly”
I’ve learned a bit more about my little pocket Canon camera. updating the firmware and software and checking all the settings seems to have helped better, quicker focusing. I’ve taken my first lightbox picture – the nest of a potter wasp who obligingly built it in the neglected lightbox, thank you. And learned to setContinue reading “Experimenting with a Canon”
I got the remote setup working again: Canon on a tripod, targeted on the tap birdbath in the shrubbery, and viewfinder on my cellphone. Then I waited. The same problem I noted before is still evident: my attention span. Eventually a rare bird strolled by and seemed quite interested. Hours later the underbrush eagle, whoContinue reading “Remote Cam Adventures”
A gorgeous Aussie! What a beaut Aussie bee! Snapped in flight in a Brisbane garden by Saffer-Kiwi-Aussie ace photographer Steve Reed. Solitary bees, they don’t hang around in groups. They nest in tunnels in clay or sandstone – but don’t trust me, do some research. Which reminds me of one of Aitch – Trish –Continue reading “Blue-Banded Bee”
Excuse me! You with the paintbrush! Camera coming through! I was posting our wedding pics when I saw one we’d taken of our photographer Keith and his assistant. Being in 1988 there would have been a few other cameras there like the one that took a pic of him holding his large-format Hasselblad-like beauty andContinue reading “Yielding To The Camera”
I hardly ever carried a camera back when I was beautiful and had just the one chin. “I’m video’ing it in my head” I would say. Of course now I’m really grateful other people carried cameras and I could get pics from them. Even in the days when you loaded a roll of film inContinue reading “The Photo Archives”
Found some old pics from Apache Oklahoma back in 1973.
Finally got round to making a collage of some of the birds we saw up in Zululand a few years back. Aitch and I went for a breakaway luxury weekend. It was dry – very dry – and the lodge had a water feature running right under the sundeck. Every bird from miles around (asContinue reading “Luxury Birding”
Photogiraffing? It’s hard to photograph giraffe in Ithala Game Reserve when you have a Jack-in-the-Box popping up in the jeep right in front of your lens every time you’re ready to depress the shutter. And then the laughter gives camera shake.