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.

Atmospheric backdrop.

Often in macro photography, compositions are framed tight with a focal length ranging from 50mm to 110mm, synchronized flash and minimal depth of field. Such images rely on two aspects to draw the attention of viewers, namely unique subject matter and unfamiliar scales of magnification, both of which arrest an audience in the realm of daily perspective. Sadly, when the subject matter is floral or … Continue reading Atmospheric backdrop.

Fynbos sunrise.

In November, at the onset of the South African summer, the new growth of the Protea neriifolia have a red tinge to the new leaves. Photographed in the early sunlight, they convey a sense of translucency reminiscent of rosy stained glass. On a self drive tour, pristine swathes of fynbos can be found in both Cape Nature and SANPARK’S nature reserves in the Cape and … Continue reading Fynbos sunrise.