My first photographs of bark featured closeups of a Mindanao eucalyptus, with a striking display of color, and an Abyssinian banana where the leaves came together in a particularly eye catching V-shape. Since I embarked (no pun intended) on the journey of bark photography, mostly in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, I have continued to be drawn to the vivid array of colors and the interplay of lines and textures found in many species – a magnificent and irresistible photographer’s canvas.
The Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, Cape buffalos, and the endangered rhinoceros – were all on display during my African Safari at the Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa. Thornybush was also home to giraffes, cheetahs, hippopotamuses, zebras and wildebeests inhabiting the barren landscape defined by dry bush and small lakes. As we roamed by jeep on rough dirt roads and into the bush in search of these often elusive animals, the safari provided many thrilling moments discovering, observing and photographing magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat – an unforgettable experience to treasure and to share.