Footnotes Blog

How I Got the Shot: Dandelion Chameleon

On a recent shoot to Wingate Golf Club I was walking the rough, looking for insects to photograph. I was lucky enough to find a very small flap-neck chameleon. It was only about 50 mm in length and walking along the ground in rather a hurry, possibly frightened by my clumsy footsteps. I thought I would get in front of it and lie on the ground to get down to its level, and to my great surprise it climbed up a dandelion.

SECRET SUNRISE: DANCING WITH STRANGERS AT SUNRISE…

It’s dawn. A group of people are dancing with joyful abandon - apparently in silence. German philosopher Frederich Nietzche once observed that those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music…

So what might a curious onlooker make of this? Could it be a gathering of sun saluters or dance expressionists? A party? A celebration… a silent disco? A yoga session, an aerobics class or a sober rave?

Solastagia: How Your Environmental Knowledge Can Affect Your Mental Health

Is knowing more really knowing better? Do you think that knowing about something helps your understanding or makes a situation better or worse? At the moment the information the media is featuring regarding environmental issues highlighting the crises in our environment. From devastating fires to rising global temperatures, plastic pollution, animal cruelty, poaching, endangered species, fracking and everything in-between… it can feel as if we are heading to a point of no return. Granted, a few uplifting stories are sprinkled in-between the disaster ones, but how many positive stories are happening which we are not hearing about? Is all this “negative” information really good for us? The good, the bad and the global knowing: what is your environmental knowledge?

Jafuta Foundation: Preserving Community, Culture and Conservation

When carefully and considerately applied, ecotourism preserves and benefits the places where it operates. A genuine and successful ecotourism experience involves a real cultural exchange, benefitting both the clients and their hosts in terms of sharing moments of respectful and authentic interaction. Our ecotourism initiatives consider the issues of cultural voyeurism, commercialisation of rural communities and the negative mindset that can impact children and youths through entertaining visitors and receiving gifts and money in return.

Is it Greener?

Things don’t always appear as green as they may seem. It’s like the old saying, “the grass is greener on the other side”: we all know that is not always the case. Just because they say it is “green” or “environmentally friendly” does not always guarantee that it is, so what can you do to be as green as you can be? You can ask questions. Asking questions is free and we deserve to get the answers we are looking for.