Photo Credit to my friend Mohamad Faqih Ramlan in Borneo. We had just planted some trees as part of the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve's reforestation initiative.
A wonderful place to visit!
In all things of nature, there is something of the marvellous- Aristotle.
We are all told to 'follow our passions', 'do what we love' and we will find happiness. 'Happiness' seems such a lofty and impossible goal to attain. It always seems to be just at the tips of our fingers, constantly out of reach- until you find yourself smiling at something simple and 'ordinary'- if 'ordinary' can be used in the context of loved ones, nature's gifts, meeting new people, clouds! Wildlife, etc.
I have found the things that make me happy; my family, my husband's smile, my daughter's (infrequent!!) hugs, my lovely dogs- Zeus and Lilou, my mother's strength, a butterfly, birds!!, nature, flowers, the smell of grass- shall I go on? I could list everything that makes me happy, but that would take forever and perhaps bore you!? So instead, on these pages I share the things that bring me hope, strength and happiness- the beauty of nature and the indomitable spirit of people.
Born in South Africa, living in Asia and married to a sailor with whom I've explored the world, I would say that I love to travel, to observe and to capture moments of purity which I try never to take for granted.
I've always loved photography and the stories to be found in things often overlooked. Photographing people is my biggest challenge. I feel a vague sense of discomfort if it's in a setting where the person is just going about their lives- I'm invading their privacy! Yet I've found that if I'm open and warm, they always turn and give me a smile.
I love the strength of people, the ability to laugh at ourselves and embrace the insecurities, compassion and empathy that makes us human.
As I ramble in nature, see a sunset, smell the sweet fragrance of roses, I'm delighted with this thing called 'life'.
I hope you enjoy my photographs!? Feel free to share your favourites and don't forget to tell me which one you love most!
Which is my favourite photo? The one I'll take next of course. The anticipation and hope I feel when I walk out with my camera, is what drives me forward.