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…

False Bay Whales

Recently I went to South Africa for a wildlife fix and intended to try and get some shots of Whales breaching off the south coast. Hermanus is supposedly the centre of activity for this as the whales gather for breeding and giving birth during September-November each year. We failed to see any activity during a…

Venice at the Vyne

The Vyne is a 16th-century country house outside Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England and was built for Lord Sandys, King Henry VIII’s Lord Chamberlain. The photos which were taken inside the Vyne were taken using just the natural light from the windows plus some reflectors to bounce the light back and fill in some…

Anna Karenina at the Vyne

Anna Karenina (Анна Каренина) is the lead character in the novel of the same name by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite. The central plot is her life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky and is based in the late 19th century Russian high-society. The costume and…

Montañas del Fuego

The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were dramatically created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes, covering more than 50 km², rose up and devastated this part of the Lanzarote landscape. The last eruptions were way back in 1824, however due to the low rainfall (and therefore lack of erosion) the area appears…

South Africa Here We Come!

Off to South Africa again to rid ourselves of the disappointment of the Christmas cancellation. We were booked from Manchester to Johannesburg via Munich on Lufthansa, avoiding Heathrow at all costs! The outbound flight was delayed and then met further delay when a landing slot at Munich was announced as being +1:20 meaning that we…