We have had a few interesting birds visiting the garden lately - I was shocked and without a camera to see a gymnogene (bird of prey) landing in a tree which borders our back garden, and a female thick billed weaver which we found lying stunned and twitching on the ground - we nursed her back to strength in a shoe box for about 45 minutes. These pics of ramerons are also from our garden and are in our trees early morning because they eat the berries they can find - however they dont make it very easy to get a picture of them, hiding behind leaves.

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Day in the Pilanesberg

These are shots of landscapes and wild life of the Pilanesberg which we visited on a recent Sunday. It can be a long day in a car if you are not staying over but we as a family enjoyed the time in the bush. The road sides at this time of year are edged with cosmos, pink and white flowers.


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I Heart Faces: black and white

Time for a monthly entry into I heart faces. This black and white choice appeals to me because of the emotion of this rider for her horse and their connection.


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A couple of photos of Zebras also from a recent visit to a national park. The last few are my favourite, it was almost as if he (I think) was on the rock posing.

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We recently had the opportunity of seeing these threaterned giants close up at a national park. We spent quiet a while watching this group of five adult white rhinos grazing, oblivious to the thunder as a storm was brewing, you can see the rain spots on their backs as the rain began to pelt down. One of the rhinos even had to "pass urine", it rather resembled a high powered hose of water which seemed to issue litres and litres of water.

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Black-collared barbet

It seem's that a family of black-collared barbets have moved into the garden and have begun with the "destruction" of a home. I am not sure if it is only the male or both that has been busy since yesterday hollowing out a hole in a tree trunk. These shots are from earlier today and shot as close as I could get to them without them flying away.

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I Heart Faces: smile

For some reason I am drawn this this photo as I contemplated the theme of smile in this weeks I Heart Faces challenge. I think I just love the simplicity of her smile that reaches her eyes.

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Garden creative

These were a few recent photos of the garden, some of the last blooms before autumn. I did do a bit of experimenting in Lightroom with them.

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Rose and Guinness

Guinness is a beautiful horse and his lovely rider is Rose, this shoot was done early February on an overcast Saturday. Rose had to work hard to convince Guinness to stand still without a continual flow of carrots.

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The Robinsons

It is really special to be asked to take family photos more than once, it is amazing to see how children grow and mature. This fun shoot of a really photogenic family was done early January but I am only posting it now. I really struggled to cut down and select photos to edit - they all looked so good!

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