If Pelicans are my favorite ocean birds, then Secretary birds are my favorite land birds. Loooove these guys. Don’t ask me why, I just do.

As a kid I always wondered where they store all the notes they keep as secretaries….

©Mariette du Toit, 2011, The Note Keeper

As pelikane my gunsteling see-voëls is, is sekretaries voëls my gunsteling land-voëls. Ek kan net nooit genoeg van hulle kry nie.

As kind het ek altyd gewonder waar hulle al die notas bêre wat hulle as sekretaresses moet maak.

When any group or bunch of animals stand around the waterhole it looks, well, normal. Not so with the zebra. Something always looks off and I have a funny feeling it is something to do with their stripes…

What do you figure?

© Mariette du Toit, Not Perfectly Aligned, 2011

Sebras langs ‘n watergat is ‘n nagmerrie vir enige iemand met OCD. Mens wil hul net die heeltyd regskuif en in plek kry. Dalk die strepe?? As dit nou olifante was, sou niemand ‘n oogwink gelig het nie!

 

Birding locations are usually associated with thick forests like Brazil or wild coasts like you find along the coast of Isle of Skye. A semi-desert environment can’t really be all that great for birding, right?

Well, what do you know… when it rains in Namibia, the birds come to decorate our skies and trees. A true birders paradise and one of the best spots in Namibia besides the Caprivi Strip and the Epupa Falls is the Etosha National Park.

©Mariette du Toit, 2011, Eurasian bee-eater

Woestyne word nie regtig vir eenselwig met voëls nie. Woude soos in Brasilië of water ryke lande soos Indië is baie meer gewild onder die voël kykers. Maar as dit reën in hierdie woestyn dan versier die voëls ons horison en beblom ons doring bome.

Een van die beste voël kyk areas in Namibië naas die Caprivi en die Epupa valle, is dan Etosha Nasionale Park.

I wonder how much there is under the deep waters of the ocean that we have never seen or heard about? When I was a child, the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) fascinated me. Today I’m more interested in the lurking secrets of the ocean. What I wouldn’t give to have a peek at the undiscovered wonders.

©Mariette du Toit, 2018, Skeleton Coast

Ek wonder hoeveel dinge daar diep onder die water is, waarvan ons nog nooit gehoor het nie, of nog nooit gesien het. Toe ek jonger was, het die Loch Ness Monster my totaal en al fassineer. Maar vandag wonder ek oor die monsters in die see – wat is daar wat ons nog nooit gesien het nie. Wat ek sou gee om te kon uitvind…

I had a family shoot on the beach, but they were running late as one of the kids got car sick on the way there. Oh, the life of a family photographer. Normally I would be bored, but not on this morning.

I had a shot in mind, so I got out of my car, shivering from the cool mist moving over the coastal line. Armed with a cup of coffee, I set up my tripod and started shooting.

I tried a multiple amount of angles, settings.. but I think of all the shots I took, I like this one best.

I called it “breathing” as it reminds me of the reaction my warm breath has with the ice-cold air in winter.

©Mariette du Toit, 2018, Vierkant Klip, Swakopmund

Alleen, vroeg op die strand – aan die wag vir ‘n familie vir ‘n hul foto sessie. Een van die kinders het motor-siek geword en het my dus verplig om te wag.

Gewoonlik sou ek redelik frustreerd wees dat ek my boek vergeet het, maar hierdie oggend het ek ‘n foto in gedagte gehad en het dus met my Stanley onder die arm uit die motor geklim, die koue liggie embrace en my driebeen begin opstel.

Na ‘n hele klomp hoeke en verstellings het ek op hierdie een besbluit. Dis “breathing” of “asem” genoem omdat dit my herhinner aan die wolkies wat mens blaas op ‘n yskoue oggend.