Zebu cattle are a docile, intelligent and extremely hardy breed of cattle found over much of East Africa.
There is something quite magical about wooden huts with corrugated metal roofs and palm trees swinging overhead. It gives one the impression of an abandoned Rubber Planter’s outstation, right out of a Somerset Maugham story.
An Unlikely Couple
A dog and chicken survey the world before them.
The sun’s rays trickle in on this heavily planted village.
Prawns and fish are frizzled and sizzled by the side of a busy motorway. Piping hot seafood is an enviable way to start any morning.
A tub of small fried fish glistens in the afternoon light.
Nets prevent lemurs and rats from picking on this garden’s fruit. A selection of figs and flowers grow here.
A sacred pond in the middle of a mountainous landscape is encircled by reeds and supports generations of crocodiles as well as mosquitoes.
Every now and then the reeds would bustle as a water bird emerges from the undergrowth and splashes into the deep pond.
The pond was a sacred place for local tribes.
As the sun begins to set, the water, reeds and vegetation appear to mix and flow in each other’s hues until the scene becomes somewhat abstract in its appearance.
Age old trees and cliff faces are reflected in the waters of a tepid river in central Madagascar.
Trees cling to cliff edges as their branches hang over the calm waters of a river below. The evening’s peace is periodically broken by the shrill cries of waterfowl, the croaking of frogs and the calls of sifakas and indris.
Spots of sunlight seep through the forest’s foliage as insects and bats begin their evening dance.
Like the tributaries of a river, the veins of a leaf show up in stark contrast to the sunlight behind.
Hog Nosed Snake
A large snake species slithers through the wet marshland in search of frogs and small rodents.
Leaves and twigs turn a fiery golden hue at that magical hour of a summer’s evening.
Dried weeds and grass bring the edge of an arable field. Most farmers in the region are subsistence farmers.
School Girl of Ambositra
Wrapped in colorful shawls, a girl makes her way to school on a bright morning. Muslims are a minority in Eastern Madagascar.
Fire and Dust
Smoke rises from nearby buildings as rays of sun splash out onto the dusty village tracks.
Emerald green hills plunge into the sharp valleys below. Madagascar’s spine is formed from a long mountain range.
In the shade of prickly baobab trees, a young boy watches over his herd of Zebu cattle.
Team of Three
Boys take a break from their football game to snap a photograph together.
The crimson barks of young trees are reflected in the tepid muddy waters of a lake below. The valley was teeming with insect and reptilian life.
A red fronted brown lemur leaps from one branch to another signaling to all males in his vicinity that he is in charge.
Sunlight through the canopy catches this lemur’s beautiful amber eyes.
Feeling the Heat
A collared lizard lifts the nape of his neck from the sun drenched bark beneath him.
An old Oustalet’s chameleon makes his way through the dry forest canopy.
Red and White Tsingy
Bleached limestone formations contrast against the red iron-filled soil of the earth above.
The iridescent scales of this Day Gecko shimmer against the bark of a baobab tree.
A lizard scans the forest floor with keen eyesight.
A Gentle Soul
Coquerel’s Sifakas have a herbivorous diet that changes according to the season. In the dry season they will eat buds and leaves, and once the wet season arrives they will eat new shoots and young leaves.
The mysterious stare through those amber colored orbs is an unforgettable experience for those at the other end of the lens.
A Coquerel’s Sifaka waits for the rest of his troop to catch up. Prehensile tails, long digits and forward facing sharp eyes mean that these animals are true masters of the forest canopy.
Trees carpet the hills and valleys of Central Madagascar. Home to endemic species of insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, these important biospheres are under a constant threat from logging and petroleum prospecting.
A Kingfisher surveys his lake from a handsome look out point before making one final swoop for the day.