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Photography is a visual art medium and so is videography… I was amazed when a simple video clip of a kalahari lion roaring, that I took during January 2016, has at 15 March 2016 reached 367,000 people, was viewed more than 93,000 times and was shared 1445 times on Facebook! I shared the video in my previous post, but you can view it on Facebook if you want to by clicking THIS LINK .

As a result I decided to give more attention to my YouTube Channel – I will share image slideshows, videos of my excursions and maybe some tutorials every now and then…

I have also added some good playlists on tutorials and the like that might tickle your fancy! I hope you follow there and enjoy it…

Here is a short teaser I prepared for my YouTube channel…


Until next time…!


It was an amazing end to an amazing day that I spent with this lion pride from before sunrise to shortly after sunset… The male of the Rooiputs pride followed the lioness and two cubs from the Kij Kij waterhole to their den in the red dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa – It was about a 3km hike, but the cubs did it all play-play…

When the lioness and cubs disappeared into the dunes at the end of the day, the male announced in the dry Nossob riverbed that he was standing guard that evening, seeing that a coalition of three young males was trying to take over the Rooiputs pride during January 2016…

Turn up the volume to the max, switch to HD… and enjoy this bit of Kgalagadi Magic!!


All prints, including limited edition prints, are being offered for sale at a discount of 20% less than the listed prices on my website until 30 November 2015.

Delivery via courier within the boundaries of South Africa is still free of charge and international delivery is effected by reputable international couriers.

You can make payment securely via PayPal internationally or if you are South African or able to effect payment via EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) in ZAR (South African Rand), all purchase prices will be converted at ZAR10 to $1.

Canvas prints are printed on 450 gsm Breathing Color Lyve Canvas. Breathing Color White Fine Art Matte Prints are on the highest quality 300 gsm Breathing Color White Fine Art Matte Paper and Hahnemuhle Foto Rag Fine Art Prints are on 308 gsm Hahnemuhle Foto Rag Fine Art Paper. Metallic Paper Prints are also available.

Maybe an ideal Christmas Gift to yourself or somebody else…?

Just click on the above image to be redirected to my website if you are interested…

  • Joe Boyle - I saw your most recent photo on earthshots (the image with the giraffes) and I thought it was awesome! I see you have a lot of other really great images too! I just wanted to say, “great work!”ReplyCancel

It was long overdue, but I eventually took a leap of faith and moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress!



Blogger has been very kind to me over the past couple of years and had the added advantage of it being administered by Google, which resulted in my blog and posts being highly rated on the web and search engines. Blogger’s integration with other Google products are smooth and easy, but my blog looked and “felt” like all other Blogger blogs out there!

I did some research and realized the only and best alternative was a self-hosted WordPress blog. Some of the articles that I came across to help me in the process was by Digital InspirationWPBeginnerrtCampFabulous Blogging and NoseGraze to mention a few. It was however not as straight forward as it initially seemed and learning the ropes in WordPress for the first time was rather daunting.

Exploring the possibilities in WordPress was and still is great fun and a rather big eye opener – There are literally thousand of templates, plugins and widgets to choose from!

I also found that BlueHost comes highly rated as a Web Hosting Service Provider and joined them to host the blog. This is probably the BIGGEST advantage of a self-hosted blog or website – I do not have to worry about image sizes, kilobytes or gigs, as I now have unlimited upload space and can have as many websites as I want to (and if I want to)! Have a look at these details on the BlueHost website.

I also opted to purchase ProPhoto as their highly customizable templates and designs are ideal for my photographic needs. In addition I can now display HUGE images on my blog with a responsive design that allows for retina images to be uploaded and displayed.

Are there any negatives? Well, you will notice at not all my previous blog posts are properly “formatted” and still looks kind of weird – Merely a result of the importing process during which I probably did something wrong (or not). I will edit the affected posts as soon as possible, but in the meantime…



I have not been very active on my blog lately… Maybe the reason was twofold… Aghh… Forget about the excuses!!

I knew my next proper blog post would be about something sad, but also something very close to my heart… It would be about an amazing leopardess that (and I almost forgot) became probably a life long inspiration for me and my wildlife photography… It is Part 2 of my story about Langklaas, my Kgalagadi leopardess…


So, if you have not read Part 1 of the story of Langklaas, click on the aforementioned link and read it before you continue to read the remainder of this blog post…

I had my awesome sighting of Langklaas during June 2012 and never saw her again.


Dr Matthew Schurch from the Kgalagadi Leopard Project explains the origin of her name as follows:- “…Langklaas was one of the most important leopards for the Kgalagadi Leopard Project for many reasons. She was the fourth leopard to be identified on the SANParks forum when Anne-Marie Rosset posted a sighting of her at Kannagauss on 25 April 2007. During these early years she was sighted a lot around the Langklaas waterhole and was thus named after this location. She was a particularly striking leopard with eyes that reminded one of the famous Cleopatra…”

Langklaas was indeed a Kgalagadi legend and events in the dry kalahari desert during May 2014, ensured that the legend will live on and be remembered for many many years to come! I was unfortunately (or maybe fortunately) not a witness to these events, but during May 2014 I learned through the powerful social media that Langklaas passed away on 8 May 2014. However, and even more surprisingly, I heard that Langklaas was seen at the game hide at the Nossob rest camp the day before her death, 7 May 2014! So I investigated…

It was during the morning of 7 May 2014 when a group of photographers and wildlife enthusiasts in the Nossob hide in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park saw the ailing Langklaas trying to ease the pain and knowledge of her fateful last hours, by drinking at the waterhole.



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