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New stories; old history

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Sioux under General

  My holiday in SA over, I headed back to the UK and directly up to Liverpool as good friends of mine were tying the knot. The venue was Leasowe Castle on the Wirral. What an awesome place for a wedding!      Leasowe Castle was originally built in 1593 by the 5th Earl of […]

Home again – the final – Day tripping and wild times

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Sioux under General

  The end of my time in SA was drawing near and I wanted to get as much ‘wild time’ as I could, so Paul & I spent a day at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. Not as wild as the Kruger National Park, but an opportunity             to […]

Home again – part 10 – Back to school – this time in the wild

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Sioux under General

  As I still felt there were areas in photography where I was lacking, I arranged a one-day one-on-one course with a good friend [who also happens to be a wildlife guide and excellent photographer], and although I had done the course in London, this time I could ask questions to suit myself and stop/start […]

Home again – part 9 – A time for us…..

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Sioux under General

  As my son couldn’t take any leave while I was in SA, we had to do our catching up over lunches and dinners. Monte Casino is half way for both of us, and we both love wandering around the place, so after a fab meal and long chat, we went walkabout.   

Home again – part 8 – Bushwacking in a volcano! – #3

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Sioux under General

  We stopped at a hillside lookout point and while there my son-in-law spotted 2 male lions far off in the distance. A mad dash into the car and off in pursuit, but they were gone by the time we found their tracks. We headed to a nearby watering hole,           […]

Home again – part 7 – Bushwacking in a volcano! – #2

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Sioux under General

  We were up and on the road early the next morning as I wanted to get sunrise photos and what a stunning sunrise it was too! We were spoilt for choice as to where to look, especially once we were at the bird hide, the sun rising over the water was spectacular! The kids […]

Home again – part 6 – Bushwacking in a volcano! – #1

Posted on August 13, 2017 by Sioux under General

  A few days at home and then I headed off to the Pilansberg Game Reserve with my eldest daughter and her family. We were booked into Bakubang, a resort just inside the reserve. We had a lovely chalet which looked out into the bush and was the ideal setting to have some proper R&R […]

Home again – part 5 – R and R in the wilderness – #4

Posted on August 10, 2017 by Sioux under General

  On one of our drives through the reserve we turned a bend in the road and came face to face with a puff adder basking in the sun. We reversed back a bit so I could get out of the car to get photos; and in the process drove over another snake which had […]

Home again – part 4 – R and R in the wilderness #3

Posted on August 7, 2017 by Sioux under General

  We did a number of day drives into the reserve and also the surrounding area, one of them to look for a monument called ‘Kaal voet vrou’, (Barefoot woman) which I had found when in the area with my son, some 15 years previously. Thanks to roadside directional signs, we found it quite easily. […]

Home again – part 3 – R and R in the wilderness #2

Posted on August 4, 2017 by Sioux under General

  We were up early the next morning to try and catch the sunrise on the lake but the mountains blocked off too much of the early morning light. We did however find a young fisherman honing his fly fishing skills. It was extremely cold out, but the youngster was there, warmly wrapped up against […]