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A World in One Country – Convergence

Don’t let the weather get you down. There always are opportunities, you just have to allow yourself to see them! In this long exposure, the pitch black rocks, so typical of South Africa’s gorgeous Tsitsikamma National Park, contrast beautifully against the whites of crashing waves, and the combination of grey skies and blue water is always beautiful!

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A World in One Country – Radiance

A beautiful, moody morning at South Africa’s Cape Point Nature Reserve. Humid air, blown inland by gale force winds, climbed the abruptly ending mountain side and formed fast moving clouds racing over Cape Point’s plains. The rising sun broke through the clouds, painting the landscape in spectacular and rapidly changing light. I found myself scrambling to get a composition which would be worthy of conveying its beauty. I was lucky to find this burnt tree, a stark reminder of frequent fires, which, together with the surrounding boulders, balanced the composition and contributed to the somewhat ominous mood I was trying to convey.

Travel with us to South Africa to capture and experience the spectacular beauty of this “World in One Country” which consistently ranks as among the most beautiful countries in the world!

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A World in One Country – Gold Coast

A beautiful late afternoon at the glorious Cape Peninsula, South Africa. This is a much beloved area, with world famous Chapman’s Peak in the background, and it is one of the locations we will visit on our “Spectacular South Africa” photography tour. I tried a different composition, some distance from the main viewpoint. It was late afternoon and the sun, setting over the ocean, was partly obscured by a cloud bank above the horizon. This resulted in rapidly changing lighting conditions, painting the mountain side with beautiful, dappled light. This photograph was taken shortly after the sun had passed the cloud bank. Wonderful golden light streamed onto the ocean and mountains, and I quickly took this image to capture the beautiful, fleeting moment.

 
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A World in One Country – Together Forever

It was a wonderful moment to be able to behold and capture. An Ostrich couple, together with its chick (not in frame), were feeding in the late afternoon sun amongst the plains of South Africa’s Cape Point Nature Reserve. This is one of the locations we will visit on our “Spectacular South Africa” photography tour. I did not have a telephoto lens with me so I had to approach the pair, without disturbing them. To be close to such wonderful animals, to hear them walk and eat, is a true privilege. I was able to follow them for a few minutes before they wandered off over the hills and blended into the vast plains.

 

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A World in One Country – Rush

During the months of December /January strong and often gale force winds are common in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. This is one of the locations we will visit on our “Spectacular South Africa” photography tour. That day the winds punished my legs with projectile sand grains. Fortunately I could wrap my sweater around my knees, which gave me temporary relief. The combination of dramatic mountain ranges, breaking waves and the water rushing in at the shore to me best illustrates the dramatic beauty and power of this region of the world.

Travel with us to South Africa to capture and experience the spectacular beauty of this “World in One Country” which consistently ranks as among the most beautiful countries in the world!

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A World in One Country – Last Light

Phenomenal last light on a cloudy evening in West Coast National Park, South Africa. Although it had been cloudy all day, I took my chances and decided to photograph the untouched, wild coast line of this lesser known National Park. It all paid off when, just before the sun dipped below the horizon, there was a slight break in the clouds. A long exposure before all light extinguished brought out the beautiful moody colors of that evening.

Travel with us to South Africa to capture and experience the spectacular beauty of this “World in One Country” which consistently ranks as among the most beautiful countries in the world!

A spectacular sunset as the sun illuminates a dramatic sky as photographed from a rocky outcrop on the coast line of West Coast National Park in South Africa.

A World in One Country – Table with a View

South Africa’s Table Mountain, one of the new 7 natural wonders of the world, offers visitors spectacular views of the Cape Peninsula. This particular afternoon, an inversion layer covered the entire coast line and adjoining cities. and only the cliff faces of the adjoining 12 Apostles mountain range managed to stick out above the clouds.

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A World in One Country – Distant Lands

The last light of day paints distant coastal mountains in warm light while waves crash against stunning rock outcrops which extend for kilometres along the coast line of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula. I returned to this particular part of the coast for several days – the opportunities for photography are endless. I can’t wait to go back!

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A World in One Country – Last Rays

As I was photographing wild flowers at South Africa’s spectacular Cape Point Nature Reserve, I noticed a school of sea lions enjoying beautiful crepuscular rays of light, before they returned to the cold ocean. It all came together when a sea lion stood up in front of the light, and I am glad I could capture this magical moment!

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2015 – A year in Review

I can’t believe it – another year passed. So much has happened, so many memorable moments, yet they seem to be lost, forgotten, in a whirlwind of nonstop activity that was 2015. No time to sit back, contemplate, run through in my mind all the amazing locations, sights and sounds, I had the immense privilege of witnessing during the workshops, expeditions and tours I lead this year. Without a doubt, the three most amazing experiences this year was leading our inaugural two week photography tour of unceasingly beautiful and unique Namibia, our conservation photography expedition into the remote recesses of the stunning, breathtakingly pristine Peel Watershed of Canada’s Yukon territory, and 3 weeks I spent with my wife in the utterly untamed, wild world of glaciers, turquoise lakes, gale force winds and soaring granite peaks of Argentina and Chile’s Patagonia region. I always wondered what all the fuss around Patagonia was about – now I know!

Please join me on a journey through what I feel are my favourite images for 2015. These are not necessarily only images I took in 2015, but also images from years prior which I had overlooked or did not yet have the opportunity to review, until 2015. There are so many images from the Yukon which I would have liked to include, but we will publish these only early 2016, in a coordinated drive to bring as much awareness and understanding to the endangerment of this Canadian natural treasure. So without further ado, please enjoy!

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I spent a magical moonlit night in Namibia’s Spitzkoppe mountains, a granite playground of giant boulders and rock arches. It was so much fun, running around barefoot, and the moon was so intense, one didn’t need a flash light! One of my last images was of me wondering at the starry sky under Spitzkoppe’s famous rock arch :) Join us for 15 days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!

 

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An image I discovered in 2015 :). On this particularly unforgettable morning in South Africa’s Cape Point Nature Reserve, humid ocean air was blown inland by gale force winds and, as it climbed up the abruptly ending coastal mountains, it formed fast moving clouds which raced over the wildflower covered plains. As the sun tried to break through the clouds it clothed the landscape in breathtaking light. Join us for 14 full days and capture the beauty of South Africa!

 

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The Yukon’s magnificent Peel Watershed is permeated by myriads of rivers, which draw like veins across the vast mountain catchment areas and grow ever bigger as they join further down the mountainous slopes. Finally they form the great rivers of the Peel, on which the land’s First Nations inhabitants, outfitters and hunters travel by canoe though this pristine wilderness. This is a more abstract take on a river permeated mountain face, captured during our amazing flight to our destination in the Peel.

 

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The transformative power of light never ceases to amaze. For a short lived moment, the soft light of the morning sun draws beautiful, dreamy bands of satin across the tips of these otherwise somewhat inconspicuous dunes in Namibia’s Sossusvlei region. Join us for 15 days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!

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Namibia is not all desert and dunes. It has a vast coast line with spectacular flamingo, pelican and seal populations. There are so many flamingoes that it is difficult to isolate them, but the fog this morning helped, and it created a magical, mysterious mood.

 

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The perfect light for the perfect landscape. A breathtaking scene in Namibia’s world famous Sossusvlei region as the last light of day touches a lone tree, behind which towers a giant ochre coloured sand dune. Join us for 15 days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!

 

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A moment of angelic beauty as beams of light from the rising sun penetrate clearing fog over dew covered pine trees in Canada’s Algonquin Provincial Park. The beams were visible only for a few seconds before more of the fog cleared. These scenes are so special and beautiful, and they happen every year in Algonquin!

 

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They form only a tiny part of the giant dune fields in Namibia’s Sossusvlei region, but oh are they ever so beautiful: The dead trees in the “Deadvlei” area, in all their simplicity paint such compelling, intricate, beautiful lines against the towering faces of nearby giant dunes clothed in the warm morning light.

 

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Rather than succumbing to the dark, light, however weak, stands out the stronger. I took this image in South Africa’s Cape Point Nature Reserve, during a morning which I thought held little promise. However, for a brief moment, the sun broke through some heavy clouds and gently illuminated the rolling waves and part of the distant coast. Join us for 14 full days and capture the beauty of South Africa!

 

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When photographing wildlife, I love to capture and portray the more artistic and subtle aspects: Soft afternoon light silhouettes an elephant’s beautifully textured face in Namibia’s Etosha National Park. Join us for 15 days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!

 

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An example of the infinite power of light. You may have difficulty believing this light, but it is almost exactly what I captured! The rising sun turns an already beautiful scene of red wildebeest grazing in Namibia’s Etosha National Park into the purely magical!

 

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Life flourishes everywhere! Two lone trees live on the edge of a giant dune which rises sharply above them in Namibia’s Sossusvlei region. In fact, one of the trees is actually buried in the dune’s sand! Join us for 15 days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!