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High Magnification Macro Rebirth – A Laowa Journey

I am trying to remember how and when I became interested in macro photography. If you don't know what that is, Wikipedia defines it as: By the original definition, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. However, in some ... ... READ the rest

Dog Film, as if.

We spent Saturday at Intaka Island, shooting hundreds (in the case of Alexia, thousands) of photos of the local bird life. It was a valuable experience in learning some birding and telephoto techniques, that we both need. The keeper rates went up from the prior visit, so hooray. I suggest you have a look at ... ... READ the rest

A Take On Birds (and perhaps, other wildlife)

On the eve of going to out to shoot with my newly acquired, fabled Tamron 100-400, I decided to open up Google Keep, to make some notes of the ways I have been photographing birds and animals. My next idea was to gather ideas from friends that I would like to try, and before I ... ... READ the rest

Captain’s Log: Plaas Date 3 April 2018

It's time for another short post to bring light to things as they happen, but also to keep a respectfully committed timeframe on writing logs here :-) We approached a point in the last few weeks, where we pretty realised that our homestead property would not be happening as we planned. The property that Alexia ... ... READ the rest

South African politics can control your life?

I live in a country, which had a hectic past (which country didn't, by the way?). It means I was born in the middle of a time we called apartheid (afrikaans for 'separate -ness), where our then right-wing'ish white government isolated people between black and white. It was a time where, as any shitty government ... ... READ the rest

Could this be a (our?) homestead?

A short update. Perhaps I should say, more like a blast from the past... Before we found our blessing in disguise in the Karoo, the place we live in now (at least on weekend), we searched high and low in all areas of the Western Cape. We tried hard to find land that was not ... ... READ the rest

Why and How do I want to ‘homestead’

Call it what you like, homestead, farm, plot, rural lifestyle yard. Homesteading is defined by most as a lifestyle of living sustainably within the ecosystem, by growing your own food and carefully managing your own resources in an agricultural setting. Homesteads are generally small-scale, and by that I mean a few hectares. They are seldom ... ... READ the rest

The [longer] Road To Homesteading

I consider the situation we are in, quite lucky, and fortunate. Before we met the great Mr S and his wife, we had an arduous time finding land. Every weekend was a massive trip to distant and remote places, to go see what the land looked like, what it had on it, what was real. ... ... READ the rest