It was my first evening on assignment in the South African bush. My ranger took me to this beautiful hill top. Surrounded by elephants feasting on the vegetation, we photographed and watched this beautiful scene. I am excited to share this beautiful addition to my #etsy shop: African Sunset #art #photography #orange #red #sun #sunsetting #sunset #redsky #black http://etsy.me/2CbH1um
A year ago this month, I handed in my resignation to my employer, got on a plane and pursued my dream. I landed in Johannesburg, South Africa to begin the adventure of a lifetime. My goal was to photograph the people, places, and wildlife of the southern region of Africa as well as the architecture of the Middle East. The experiences I had were priceless and the engagements I had with the diverse people in this region were immeasurable. Most of all, I had the chance to look deep within myself and discover a depth of faith I did not know I had. My mission was accomplished, and I am blessed for doing so.
I am not much of a writer and neither am I one to share my personal life in the public arena, but sometimes you have to just "get over yourself". I am writing with the hopes of encouraging someone to believe. There is an explainable power that comes with living a life of "faith over fear". Don't get me wrong, I am not saying it's an easy life. Quite the contrary as life is full of ups and downs but at the end of the day, it's a life of resting in the knowledge that every care will work itself out.
The first leg of the trip began with traveling by plane to South Africa and then to Namibia. My trip for the most part, was to be spent driving through Namibia, then Botswana and Zimbabwe. Along the way, I stopped in many towns and villages. I observed the daily routines and many traditions practiced by the locals. I witnessed the diversity of the changing terrains, from the arid deserts in Namibia to the tropical weather in Zimbabwe. I also crossed paths with the wildlife along the roadways. There were no deer "x-ing" signs here, but I did see the occasional elephant "x-ing" sign. My first sighting of these signs reminded me that I was in the heart of the southern region of Africa. Not too soon after there they were, a parade of elephants on the move crossing the roadway in Botswana. My dream had become my reality!
In Namibia I witnessed some of the oldest and most unique landscapes on the planet. I climbed and photographed one of the largest dunes in the world appropriately named "Big Daddy". I visited an automobile graveyard in Sossusvlei in the middle of the desert. I traveled along the shores of Sandwich Bay, where the bright tall sand dunes fell into the Atlantic Ocean.
In Zimbabwe I hiked, photographed and took in the beauty of the great Victoria Falls and then crossed over into the Zambian territory to converse with the local people. I enjoyed photographing them as they carried on doing their daily routines.
After returning back to Namibia, I flew to Doha and Dubai, two beautiful cities in the Middle East. There I discovered the most amazing architecture, skyscrapers soaring into the skies; some were the largest in the world.
I have now been home almost nine months now, after traveling eight countries and taking thousands of photographs. I finally have the opportunity to share the stories from these and my other photographic journeys. This blog is a response to many of my Instagram and Facebook followers who have requested the stories behind the photos. I am humble that anyone would care, and will attempt to do this blog justice by doing so.
Welcome and thank you for visiting my website and may it give you inspiration to follow your dreams. We are all global citizens living in a world with so much to share!