Stieglers Gorge

Today we are headed up the Rufiji River to Stieglers Gorge. The Rufiji River itself is around 600km in length and at some points is a mile wide. We head out at 6am, The Rufiji is breathtaking at this time of morning. Literally hundreds and thousands of Hippos and Crocodiles inhabit these waters. We glide … More Stieglers Gorge

Connection

I have been lucky enough to explore some of Africa’s beautiful treasures. For me it has become a yearning of the heart. Is it the vast plains of the Mara or the lush beauty of the Okavango? Could it be the amazing wildlife encounters, that keep me wanting more? Somehow there seems to be a … More Connection

Rules of Engagement

New sights and new smells create curiosity. Curiosity brings about learning. Learning creates growth and understanding. The art of engagement is surely lost on today’s society. We can all take a leaf out of nature’s book. When out in nature, I can literally spend hours / days / weeks / months,  relishing in its beauty … More Rules of Engagement

Last Breath

When you’ve taken your last breath and exhaled it on the breeze I will hear you in the rustling leaves I will see you gently swaying amongst the tall, golden grasses. and I will feel you as the soothing wind ruffles my hair. The warmth of your soul will greet me with the suns early … More Last Breath

The River Horse

“Hippopotamus” The name comes from the ancient Greek, meaning River Horse . They can be cranky and are known as one of the most dangerous African animals. However there is nothing more enjoyable than listening to a pod of hippos as they lay semi submerged in rivers and marshes. French like calls, ear twitching and … More The River Horse

Flowerpecker

He’s as Aussie as they come. Pardalotes are native to Australia, related closely to flowerpeckers, these tiny birds can be found nesting in tree hollows or in an excavated earthen embankments My favourite is the Spotted Pardalote, which I have come to know so well.  But this little cutie, his cousin the Striated Pardalote, kept … More Flowerpecker

The Flame

It is no wonder that they call this fellow the “Flame Robin”.  With his brilliant burst of colour as he briefly remains motionless for a second.  From a distance he looked like a little brilliant, bright orange golf ball stranded on the lawn.  But when the golf ball took flight I knew I was in … More The Flame

Simple Brown

Chirping softly, I can hear her but she has not come into view. Continued chittering, and chattering alerts me to her direction. I catch a quick glimpse as she flits amongst the undergrowth and then for a brief moment her delicate form comes into view. On dainty legs she balances so perfectly on swaying foliage. … More Simple Brown

The Circle of Life

What is our fascination with the Moon and the Sun.  In its fullness that bright sphere entrances us.  Hundreds and thousands of people came out to view the Blood Red Moon. For those of you who enjoy the great outdoors and camping, you really get to appreciate the moon in all its glory.   That … More The Circle of Life

Carmine

” A bird does not sing because it has the answer It sings because it has a song. “ …. Maya Angelou The Southern Carmine Bee-eater a glorious bird of exquisite plumage.  His emerald-green head is divided by a black banded mask that separates his brilliant crimson torso. Nesting in sandy cliffs usually carved out by water courses. I … More Carmine

It’s in the detail

When out exploring Nature’s bounty there is just so much to take in.  The sights, the sounds.  Identifying the changing nuances of your surroundings helps you to appreciate your environment even more. Identifying these changes creates a whole new thought process.   Changes in the foliage, the terrain and even the weather patterns allow you … More It’s in the detail

Emotions of Animals

  Emotions are the glue that binds us together and it is how we connect. When animals express their emotions, they are unfiltered and in the truest form. Unlike humans who at times, hide or conceal how they are feeling, animals feelings and emotions are unedited, built on the absolute truth, expressing the purest of … More Emotions of Animals

Little Diver

Fluffed up and ready to take the plunge.   The Australasian Grebe is an excellent diver.  This male has lovely chestnut coloured feathers on his neck and a very noticeable yellow oblong from his beak to his eye.   They are the smallest of the Grebe Family of birds. The females as always are a … More Little Diver

Spots before my eyes

Foraging in the shallows, we enjoyed the company of this White-necked Heron.  I love his white neck with distinctive dark spots that line the centre of his neck and his impressive maroon and bottle green plumage. This watery haven is home to a myriad of birds, plants and foraging critters. A place of tranquility and … More Spots before my eyes

Delta

  On the floodplains of the Okavango delta, there is great beauty provided by the water that feeds down from Angola cleansing the earth.  To the human eye it is visually appealing.  Large expanses of water encircling islands of green, home and habitat to a vast array of animal and bird life.  Creating a stunning … More Delta

Kite flying!

“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” …..Winston S Churchill Some of us may have childhood memories of flying kites down at the park. Visions of diamond shape sails darting and weaving amongst the clouds. They had the ability to keep us mesmerised for hours. Flying freely on the wind.   “Kite flying … More Kite flying!