Overcoming ecological ignorance while travelling.

Recently I read a social media post where the account holder slated one of the trails in the Garden Route. Her complaint is that, just because a trail is established doesn’t make it worthwhile walking and that, for her, it was a boring trail. The trail she was slating was one of the Elephant Trail loops at Diepvalle. I was amazed. All three of the … Continue reading Overcoming ecological ignorance while travelling.

GoPro – a travel camera offering diverse capabilities.

If you are looking for the ideal travel camera you can’t beat a GoPro. In addition to its action camera abilities, it provides superb landscape, nature studies and candid camera photography. Continue reading GoPro – a travel camera offering diverse capabilities.

Addicted to Addo

As the baby elephant peered out from under it’s mothers belly, the rest of the herd jostled with each other for space at the waters edge. I switched the video camera off and looked up. In the blink of an eye the boisterous baby had darted into the herd, turned, slipped on the wet clay surface and fallen into the waterhole. What ensued was a … Continue reading Addicted to Addo

Karoo sunrise

Autumn in the Karoo always is a perfect time for sunset photography. A short drive from the Garden Route, the Little Karoo and Greater Karoo offer a geological fusion of mountain ranges, wide open plains and canyons with a unique botanical composition that has evolved to survive this semi desert environment, with succulents adding a dash of colour to this stark terrain. Also carpeting the … Continue reading Karoo sunrise

Pink in a flash.

On a mountain plateau, harnessing wind power is an obvious strategy for plants. In the case of tumbleweeds, evolution has employed wind for seed dispersal while contracting insects for pollination. Endowed with a geophyte bulb to store reserves, the flowers erupt from the ground through a lattice of leaves, this family of plants punctuate the uniform summer landscape with vivid splashes of pink and red … Continue reading Pink in a flash.