Birds at the watering hole

There was a watering hole we liked to visit once a week to see if the elephants would come in.  And they did!  (more about that later)  I also enjoyed photographing the birds that visited the watering hole, of course! Here are some of these birds: Egyptian geese with goslings Spur-winged lapwing Marsh sandpiper The […]

Love after Love, by Derek Walcott

Yes. Learn to love yourself. It is just so important…. LOVE AFTER LOVE The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the stranger who was your […]

Where in the world is SOIMF?

I’ve moved to a new place and a new job!  See if you can guess where I am based on this photographic journey of my first week.  Ten imaginary internet points for the country and 100 imaginary internet points for the city! Obligatory cute animal There’s a clue if you know your bees! Rainbow Sorry […]

Some Kenyan sunbirds

I took a million bird photos in Kenya, so I’m subdividing them into manageable groups for posting.  The sunbirds are one of my favourite old world groups…they’re functionally like hummingbirds in that they drink nectar, but they can only hover for a short time.  Still, they come in lots of beautiful colors and are fun-sized! […]

An example of travel contrast

I like traveling because I feel like it gives me perspective…there’s a lot to be learned in comparing different places, cultures, and policies.  And weather!  One thing that is usually a pretty dramatic contrast (especially when you’re traveling to a different hemisphere) is the weather.  For example, I heard someone say one day in Kenya […]

Ruddy Duck, by Jack Collom

Yer a ruddy duck! (You know who you are, ya ruddy duck)   RUDDY DUCK or dumpling duck, daub duck, deaf duck, fool duck, sleepy duck, butter duck, brown diving teal, widgeon coot, creek coot, sleepy coot, sleepy brother, butter-ball, batter-scoot, blatherskite, bumble coot, quill-tailed coot, heavy-tailed coot, stiff-tail, pin-tail, bristle-tail, sprig-tail, stick-tail, spine-tail, dip-tail, […]

The lovely Carmine Bee-eater

I’ve loved bee-eaters since I saw my first Australian Rainbow Bee-eater (gorgeous, also beautiful). I love them in spite of the name that implies that they eat a lot of bees (which I also love), because this is nature and bees are eaten by lots of different types of attractive birds. There are a lot […]