A blog about what I love….photography and bicycles!


This started out as one thing and then became something completely different (and I am sure will morph again). I photograph natural history, everything from butterfly eggs to landscapes and throw in cycling to make it more balanced. This blog will introduce you the flowers, insects, strange and beautiful places and just plain lovely stuff.

I live in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, with my wife,Tracey, and three daughters, Isabelle, Stella and Amelie. When not working and an engineer or construction dispute consultant (me) or teacher and home project manager (Tracey) we run AFROmacro, our macro (and not so) photography business. Follow us on AFROmacro (Facebook)

19 responses

  1. splendid!!!

    September 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm

  2. we enoy your blog very much. Maybe we might be brave enough to start one!! Lotsa xxx

    December 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

  3. Hi

    Glad you like it.


    December 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

  4. I’ve been loving the pics on Facebook. Even better to see them on your blog and read about your meanderings. Lovely Site!

    July 22, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  5. Diana Martin

    Dear Dimon, I work for KZN Wildlife and am creating an educational board about the Karkloof Blue for the Ncandla colony that is now being looked after by the community on whose land it is protected. May I please use one or 2 of your photos for this board. Do you have a photo of the larva? it is purely eduactional and awareness, we are not making money from the board, and I won’t use it in any publication that will be sold. I will acknowledge you as the photographer of course. please contact me on di@kznwildlife.com

    March 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

  6. Andrew Currie

    Fascinating blog!

    August 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

  7. Hallo Tracey and Simon,

    came across your Blog looking for info about South African birds. Very interesing and the photos are beautiful. I’ve seen thousands(!) of Blogs and yours are really outstanding.

    Regards from Germany

    January 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    • Hi. It seems that my first response did not send so here we go again. I can help re SA birds. What is it you would like to know and I can advise re who to talk to.

      January 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

  8. Me again. Pity, the URL http://www.afromacro.co.za doesn’t work! 😦

    January 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    • Hi. Yes I dumped the site last year as I found the AFROmacro facebook page far more helpful. Have a look and like it if you wish. Am going butterflying today so should have new images up tonight.

      January 17, 2015 at 7:32 am

    • No. But please have a look at the AFROmacro Facebook page.

      March 28, 2015 at 6:56 am

  9. Alison McKenna

    Hi Simon ~ wow, what incredible photographs! I am putting together a school newsletter article on frogs and toads and wondered if you would be kind enough to give me permission to use your photograph of the Forest tree frog (Leptopeltis natalensis), alongside which, of course, I would acknowledge you.

    Please would you keep a look out the Brown-veined white butterflies which are migrating through your area at the moment – I have a great interest in those fascinating, elusive butterflies.

    Many thanks
    Alison (Durban)

    October 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    • Hi,sorry for the late reply. Sure you can use the image just please credit.

      November 1, 2015 at 2:20 pm

  10. Alison McKenna

    Hi Simon ~ many thanks indeed. I couldn’t wait so I had to go ahead ~ but I most certainly credited you. I tried to attach the pages here for you to see but that doesn’t seem to be an option. I so appreciate your help 🙂


    November 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm

  11. vuattoux

    Hello , I am from France and i shall going to Namaqualand soon I hope to find some plants insects and butterflies to take photographs .What species
    are on the wing at this period ?? best wishes Robert

    February 7, 2016 at 10:31 am

    • Hi. Namaqualand is a tough place to visit. Very arid. The best time for insects and flowers is undoubtably August Septembet

      March 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

  12. Alison McKenna

    Hi Simon ~ it’s me again, and this time I’m putting together a newsletter article on butterflies. Please would you be good enough to give me your permission to use three of your fantastic photographs of the African Monarch: caterpillar, pupa and the adult emerging from the pupa case. Naturally, I would acknowledge you. Many thanks.

    April 16, 2016 at 9:13 pm

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