I recently returned from a trip to Kenya and Tanzania with my friends and fellow photographers Terri and Russ. January would normally be hot, and one of the driest months. In fact there has been heavy rain for most of December and January, and into February. At times we struggled to move about with the mud and the swollen rivers. Despite all this, we had some good sightings and managed to capture some great images.
Click here or on one of the images, to view a gallery of images from this trip:
I am pleased to announce that I am returning to the Gallery@OXO for my Summer 2023 exhibition. The exhibition will open on Friday 21st July and run until Sunday 6th August.
The exhibition will be open daily, from 12 noon to 6pm. I hope to see you there.
During my latest trip to Kenya I enjoyed a leopard fest, including a sighting of a rare and elusive melanistic black leopard named Giza. Giza is a female aged two to three years old. Confirmed sightings of black leopards, especially in Africa, are rare events. Before the most recent verified observation of a black leopard in Kenya, it had been 110 years since one had been photographed (and thus confirmed) in Africa. I think Giza is probably the most beautiful animal I have ever seen. For images of Giza and other leopards click the link here.
This should whet your appetite for this year’s Remembering Wildlife book, the eighth in the series.”Remembering Leopards” which will be published in November. Click on this link for more information:
October brought a return to Kenya. I was able to re-visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy home to the last two Northern White Rhinos (NWR), Najin aged 33 and her daughter Fatu aged 22. Since the death of Sudan, father of Najin and grandfather of Fatu in March 2018, they are the very last remaining of the species.
I heard the latest news of the embryos now being created by scientists, in total, they have managed to produce and cryopreserve 22 pure NWR embryos. Later this year they intend to start implanting these in the hope of producing offspring.
I stayed at Kicheche Camp in Ol Pejeta and then at Kicheche Camp in Mara North Conservancy. As ever enjoyed my time at both camps, thanks to all the great staff who made my visit so special. I then went on to Olare Motorogi Conservancy where I stayed at Olare Mara Kempinski, now a firm favourite of mine.
I experienced some great leopard sightings, including a first for me, a leopard (Akira) in a beautiful Euphorbia Candelabra tree in gorgeous early morning light. Very special images, I hope you enjoy viewing them.
In October I also received my copy of the latest Remembering Wildlife series book which this year is Remembering Bears. The wonderful Margot Raggett has done it again, a beautifully produced book, with work from internationally acclaimed photographers, I have been lucky enough to be included. My photograph is of a giant panda taken in Sichuan, China.
Remembering Bears is the seventh book in the celebrated Remembering Wildlife fundraising series, which has so far raised more than £920,000 for conservation projects since it began in 2016.
To view the Remembering Wildlife series and for an opportunity to buy your copy: click here
Click here or on the image below to view a gallery of images from this trip:
Thanks to everyone who came to see me at my summer exhibition at the Oxo Gallery. Numbers have still not returned to pre covid times, but nonetheless it was good be back. I have exhibited at the gallery every year since 2008 apart from 2020 for obvious reasons.
Some pictures from the exhibition below:
I am pleased to announce that I have booked the Gallery@OXO for my Summer 2022 exhibition. The exhibition will open on Friday 29th July and run until Sunday 14th August.
The exhibition will be open daily, except Mondays, from 12 noon to 6pm. I hope to see you there. More info on the Oxo Gallery website here: coinstreet
I have recently returned from another wonderful visit to Kenya. I spent time in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for both it’s black and white rhinoceroses. I also visited Mara North Conservancy and Olare Motorogi Conservancy.
In Lewa, as well as the rhinoceroses, I was able to photograph some of the animals seen only in Northern Kenya, such as the beautiful Grevys zebra, the Reticulated Giraffe and Gerenuk Gazelle, some in front of Mount Kenya.
To view the gallery of images either click here or on one of the images below:
In Memory of Fig the Leopard
I have recently returned from Kenya, where I spent time in the Masai Mara, Olare Motorogi Conservancy and Amboseli. During my time in the Conservancy, I spent several days photographing Fig the leopard. Fig had successfully raised a number of cubs, including Olare, Figlet and Furaha. I photographed her throughout her life and so it saddens me tell you that on 7th March she was tragically killed by lions. She was ten years old and to make matters worse she was heavily pregnant.
The leopard images in the gallery (please click on the link below) are all of Fig, with the exception of the black and white male, affectionately known as ‘Golden Balls’, on account of having sired many cubs, including several of Fig’s. So sad to think that these images are among the last ever taken of Fig. She will be missed by many.
I spent some time in Amboseli, where I was lucky enough to get good views of snow capped Kilimanjaro, and was able to photograph elephants and flamingos in the foreground.
Click here or on the picture below to see the gallery of images from this trip….
After two very long years I finally returned to Kenya in December 2021. It was wonderful to once again experience those wide open spaces and huge skies of the Masai Mara. I had almost forgotten how beautiful it is. I also spent time in Olare Motorogi Conservancy where I had some great leopard sightings of Tito and Fig with their cubs. I hope you enjoy some of my images from the trip.
Click here or on the image below to view a gallery of further images.
Firstly, let me thank all that managed to make it to my summer exhibition at the gallery@oxo. It was so lovely to engage face to face with people after such a difficult 18 months for us all.
Obviously numbers were significantly reduced with the lack of tourists especially those from abroad.
For those that did not manage to make it, below are a couple of pictures of the gallery all set up and a link to an online gallery of the images I had on display.
Click for access to the online gallery. Latitude at the gallery@oxo