Statue of Nelson Mandela, Parliament Square. Image by Warko via Wikimedia Commons.

Fishing with Mandela

Guest post by Willie A tall grey shadow has been cast over South Africa for almost a week now. South Africans have many emotions about the passing of one of ...

African Wild Cat in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, August 2013 ©WMB/

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

For this week’s photo challenge on Focus, I’ve chosen a photograph of an African Wild Cat which was taken last week in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. This photograph was taken ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Golden Hour

This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour, which Cheri Lucas Rowlands explains as follows: “In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the ...


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Three old favourites by John le Carré

Let me begin by saying that I don’t usually read spy thrillers. ...
Carve Beyond Reality

Carve Beyond Reality – Wood Carving Contest in Kenya

Ru-an Hsu, one of the organisers of World Wood Day, (see World ...
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Rosie’s new blog

Our dog Rosie now has her own blog! From  Life with a ...
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World Wood Day – 21 March 2013

As some readers may already know, this blog is primarily about nature ...
Hanging out in the tree tops

Hanging about in the tree tops

What do you do if you’re passionate about trees? You climb them ...
Kleinmond lagoon

Looking back – what did you miss?

This is essentially a “best of the last eighteen months” post i.e. ...

New Year’s Day beach walk

This is a guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa. Full ...
Postcards from Australia: Landscapes

Postcards from Australia: Landscapes

Originally posted on Notes from Africa | photoblog:
This is a ...

Under the sea

A guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa This song immediately ...

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In the footsteps of the Incas – part 1

Originally posted on justcallmegertie:
There is one word that is universally understood and that expresses the same intensity of feeling in all languages. Wow! What started out as a tick on my bucket list, ended off as a personal pilgrimage for me. But in the end, I completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I…

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Tsava's capture. Image: ©Hannah & Darius Mellet

Not your everyday occupational hazard!

Hannah was first featured on this blog in a post called How Hannah got her Peanut “back”,  about her role in raising a baby rhino. Now she’s back to tell another personal story about the occupational hazards of working with wild animals in a game reserves, and the worries that she, as a Reserve Ecologist’s […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Looking up at the crowns of some really huge (71.5m or 234.5 feet) Karri gum (Eucalyptus diversicolor) trees. To see more photos and information go to the post What do tree surgeons do on their day off?

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The Antarctic – you absolutely have to go!!!

Once again I have been very lucky to have somebody volunteer a guest post for my blog. As this is somewhere I’d love to go, but probably never will, I was so happy when Christine from Christine Bernasconi Photography went for me! She took some wonderful photographs and wrote this beautiful – and very informative […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

This week’s photo challenge is “Future Tense“. The photos below are of big, colourful fishing lures. The significance of these for this challenge, are that Willie is looking forward to a major fishing trip to Gabon – a country in West Africa. He’s getting very excited about it! Every free moment is spent thinking about, […]

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The Rock Pool

A perfect reflection in a rock pool . . . This is the sea. In these uneven walls A wave lies prisoned. Far and far away Outward to ocean, as the slow tide falls, Her sisters through the capes that hold the bay Dancing in lovely liberty recede. Yet lovely in captivity she lies, Filled […]

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Looking back – my favourite guest posts

I have been lucky to have several talented writers and photographers agree to write guest posts for Notes from Africa. As I had done a “looking back” post for my posts last year, I thought I’d do the same for my guest bloggers. Before beginning with my favourite guest posts though, I’d like to thank […]

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