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Hi Everyone It gives us great pleasure to inform you that Naomi’s Notes has A NEW HOME: http://www.naomisnotes.com Please click on that link so that we can welcome you there! See you shortly, Naomi & Dave P.S. We’re keeping it … Continue reading

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Blogging Date to Diarise

It’s a red letter day: June 15, 2011 – at least for bloggers, and more specifically those who would like to grow their readership and maximize their marketing efforts.


Our wonderful friend Michelle Salater, who has grown her own (Copy Doodle) and other blogs to phenomenal levels of success, is hosting a free webinar on June 15, 2011 at 1pm ET / 10am PT or 7pm here in Johannesburg.

With Copy Doodle recently listed #17 on Technorati’s 100 Best Small Business Blogs, Michelle is well qualified to advise. We have also witnessed the growth of the elite Hills of Africa Travel blog, which she has developed and manages for another special friend of ours, Sandy Salle, CEO. One of the powerful things, among others, that Michelle achieves is to attract media and key influencers via the blogs.

Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to learn from her first hand via her free webinar, which you can sign up for here: How to Increase Profits and Exposure with a Business Blog. During the webinar, you’ll get an exclusive sneak peek of Love Your Blog, her “new step-by-step system that will show you how to create a business blog that pulls prospects into your sales funnel, saving you time, money, and headaches”.

Despite mine being to date a personal blog, Michelle inspires me to explore improving it, if only to share photography and ideas with a wider audience. I’ll be joining her for sure to find out more, so please stay tuned for something fresh soon 🙂

P.S. While photographing our lovely friend Juanita in our studio, Jina hopped up and settled on the laptop – in her favourite position, right across the touch pad 😀


P.P.S. Just in case you’re wondering how the screen is so legible and clear of reflected light, it’s with the help of a little Photoshop magic (sorry, purists ;-)). Of course, I had to select the Wordpress sign up page, being such a big fan of this fabulous platform! Continue reading

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Perfect excuse for cake

Not that we need one 😀 – but my blog turned two this week:

Chocolate Cake

And far more significantly, Dave and I are celebrating the 16th anniversary of our marriage (today) and wedding (tomorrow), so this goes out with a huge hug and kiss to the husband of my dreams . . . and to all the great cyber friends who have made this blogging journey such a joy!

On the subject of marriage and blogging, here are two quotes to consider:

“Marriage is more than the sum of its parts.” – Unknown

“A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list.” – Unknown

My apologies for neglecting not only this space lately, but also all of your beautiful blogs. Photography, commissioned writing, and the start of Race Season has taken precedence. Hopefully, though, things will settle down soon – after the national enduro in Lesotho perhaps, which we leave for tomorrow 😉 Continue reading

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Gift of Love

Just a quick note to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, everyone!

Here’s a pic of Dave’s gift. I Hope you’re being treated too 😀

VALENTINE GIFT – OV&P Studio (www.ovpstudio.com)

Also, a HUGE CYBER HUG to our fabulous friends at Hills of Africa Travel, for featuring an interview today about my novel: Out of Air: A Story of Sheer Inspiration . . . MWAH! Continue reading

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A Novel Valentine

Sincere thanks to the stunning team at Hills of Africa Travel in the USA, for requesting an interview about my novel for their blog. This has been the catalyst for creating the website www.outofair.com – artwork by my gifted stepson:

OUT OF AIR website – Home page screen shot

The article will take the form of a two-post series, the first on Monday 14 February, which is Valentine’s Day. That also happens to be the day the story begins. If you’re not familiar with it, take a look at Chapter 1 to discover Gina’s Valentine surprise – not what she had in mind for her romantic dinner à deux!

Hills of Africa Travel are also the reason behind the penguin pictures on the website, because it was while documenting their magic Soul Safari 2009 that we visited Boulders Beach in Cape Town. Here’s a snippet of video we created from the encounter. If you watch closely, you will spot the camera in Dave’s hands 🙂
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A gift that keeps on giving…

Big thanks to the lovely ladies at Well Designed Journeys for featuring a two-post interview with Dave on their beautiful blog, sharing his advice on wildlife photography: Wildlife Photography Tips for Travelers on Safari: Interview with Dave Estment and Wildlife Photography Tips for Travelers on Safari: Part II

This passion has blessed us with countless incredible trips into the African bushveld. It’s one of those gifts that keeps on giving. In fact, we’re off to Madikwe Safari Lodge again tomorrow, courtesy of their head ranger, Marc Lindsay-Rae – a fabulous friend and fellow photographer, who has just won the 2010 Africa Geographic/Canon Photo Competition for rangers and safari guides (with an awesome shot of a mother and calf black rhino charging him). Way to go, Marc! Here he is, with his winning photo (for the month and year):

MARC LINDSAY-RAE with his winning wildlife photo!

For those who don’t know, black rhino’s are endangered, which makes that pic all the more exceptional. We were treated on a previous visit to Madikwe to a spectacular sighting of three together, and a pack of endangered wild dogs on the hunt. It was too dark for decent photo’s, but regular readers of this blog will have seen plenty more wildlife pics in the past. Some stunning ones of Dave’s are included in those two posts at Well Designed Journeys, and here are a few other highlights just for fun:

AMARULA HOT CHOCOLATE – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

MORNING BREAKING – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

BREAKFAST FOR TWO – Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

MARC, CLAIRE & GREG ENJOYING SUNDOWNERS – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

AFRICAN SUNSET – Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

HEAVENLY SUITE – Madikwe Safari Lodge, South Africa

. . . and a quote from another photographer (as well as actor, artist and writer):

“I have never been in a natural place and felt that was a waste of time. I never have. And it’s a relief. If I’m walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.” – Viggo Mortensen

Wishing you all a wonderful few days, until we return with more wild magic to entice you to visit the bush soon too 🙂

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The Bonuses of Blogging

Some gratitude is in order for this phenomenal blogosphere! It captivated me quickly, from the start, and has led to some fabulous relationships.

Yesterday served up a stunning ladies’ lunch, courtesy of the gorgeously talented Cindy at The Only Cin, who I’ve now met in person 😀 Follow that link to her blog to view some beautiful pics from our mouth-watering meal – and of course, the First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc (bottles of it!).

The spoiling didn’t stop at gourmet food, flowing wine, vibrant company, valuable introductions, sun-splashed rain, lingering laughter and lots more. We all got goodie bags for the road. THANKS for everything, Cindy!

GOODIE BAG from Ladies’ Lunch

What a consummate hostess, which you’ll discover if you follow Cindy’s delightful blog – or The BlaBla Blog where she’s the resident food and wine fundi 🙂

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Heads up about Blog Action Day 2010

Hey Everyone,

Just a quick note to spread the word about Friday’s online event. 15th October is Blog Action Day, which unites bloggers from over 100 countries in blogging about a single globally important topic, which for this year is clean water.


Thousands are due to participate, including the White House Blog and The Official Google Blog. The objective is to include as many blogs as possible, regardless of size or focus.

For more info, check out the Blog Action Day site at www.blogactionday.change.org.

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Congrats to the Top Two’s!

CONGRATULATIONS to our fabulous friends at SA Venues, along with all the others who’ve made it into the Top Two Finalists of the 2010 SA Blog Awards!

Pity we’re not among them, but BIG THANKS to EVERYONE who voted us into the Top Ten Best Photographic blogs! Here’s a Protea in appreciation of ALL your awesome efforts:

PROTEA – Johannesburg, South Africa

Proteas are special here in South Africa, being our national flower and the name of our national cricket team. Since we’re into cricket season, we may as well celebrate that too 🙂

This one is part of a beautiful bunch of flowers that Dave gave me a few days ago, simply because he’s such a darling. On top of that, he photographed it for me to share with you. Just gotta LOVE this man!! He’s not well today, coming down with bad flu after a lion-heart performance at Saturday’s Xtreme Enduro X, which also sprained his ankles seriously. I’ll post some pics of the event soon, but first to treat him to some TLC . . .

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WOO-HOO! 2010 SA Best Photographic Blog Finalist!

Huge, heart-felt THANK YOU to EVERYONE who nominated this blog for SA Best Photographic Blog 2010!! Because of you, we’re through to the Top 10 FINALISTS! Special mentions also to The Only Cin and Spirit Lights The Way for drawing … Continue reading

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