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Grey Heron

This is a great time of year for birds and there are loads of different species around. This Grey Heron is a regular at the lagoon in front of camp although he seems to spend more time balancing on one leg than he does fishing..

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Home again..

I’m back in the Valley – at last! The whole landscape has changed completely and everywhere you look it is startlingly green. We haven’t had much rain and the river is very low so it is a little tricky using the boat with all the crocs and hippos about. Driving and sometimes even walking are not really options at this time of year as the black cotton soil turns into the most sticky mud you can imagine – you end up staggering around with huge clumps of it stuck to each foot!

There is still a lot of wildlife around though with some big herds of buffalo and elephant as well as a variety of new birds that only visit us in the rains. I’m looking forward to the river coming up so that I can get out and do some photography. I’ll definitely be posting here more often from now on.

It’s also a great time of year for photographing insects…

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Flap-necked Chameleon

Found this dude in the garden – freaky huh?

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Happy Christmas

As a child at boarding school in the remote north-western province of Zambia my classmates and I would be sent out on expeditions into the bush every Christmas to collect armfuls of these beautiful lilies. They are flame lilies (gloriosa superba) and grew in their hundreds – filling the bush with bright splashes of red. They are not very common here or in the Luangwa, so it was great to find some growing nearby. They have always represented Christmas for me. Merry Christmas to you all wherever you are!

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Backlit Foxglove Orchid

There are plenty of these beautiful flowers in bloom here at the moment so I have been photographing them in a hundred and one different ways… I am certainly missing the large mammals of the Luangwa but at the same time am enjoying concentrating on the smaller stuff for a change.

I converted this image to black & white as I felt it showed off the shape and texture of the flower better – it is normally a light purple colour with a yellow stamen.

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