The Big Guys…

Despite the horrendous levels of poaching in Africa there are still many Elephants to be seen as you journey through Kruger park – and we saw lots! Our first encounter was with a herd that were digging away in a dry river bed, looking for the hidden water below the surface. The herd had several…

Lounging Leopards

We had two really good sightings of Leopards recently as well as a few fleeting glimpses as these beautiful creatures roamed through the bush of South Africa. Our first sighting was a rather distant ‘Leopard in a Tree’ which was just within photo range but was slightly obscured by the branches of its chosen lair.…

Kings of the Highveld

Lions. Everybody’s favourite big cat, maybe, but they certainly cause a stir when spotted in the wild. We were lucky enough to have many sightings during our trip to Kruger Park in South Africa. The highlight was most definitely the sight of a pride of Lions noisily and greedily devouring a Wildebeest carcass no more…

Kingfisher Paradise

The Kingfishers that we have here in the UK are quite stunning little birds but the first one that I saw was in South Africa. Since that first sighting I have become hooked on the tiny beauties and have photographed them many times now. However, we only have the one species here, so when I’m…

The Little Fellas

Having been to Shipandami dam previously there was no hesitation in returning once more. Last time we visited there were Ellies blocking the road, hippos cavorting around, crocs acting all sinister and kingfishers galore. So hopes were high. This time all was quiet, we scanned the banks and bush but all to no avail for…

Lake Panic Sunrise

One of my Flickr contacts – Hettie Naude from South Africa creates some wonderfully atmospheric images by capturing a minimal amount of light in her photographs. This year I was inspired enough to try my hand at some silhouette images of my own. These shots were taken at Lake Panic in the Kruger park at…

Inspirational photos on display at Ribblesdale Camera Club

ONE of Ribblesdale Camera Club’s most interesting, unusual and, at times, touching meetings comprised presentations by members Steve Proctor and Gary Williamson. Both presentations were notable for their professional standard use of Photoshop. Steve started with an update on his recent talk on conservation and photo ethics, talking about the sharp decline in the African…