Planting Avo trees in Ixopo

Another lot of Avo’s being planted in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal. I look forward to the day when there is an abundance of Hass Avo’s for sale! Ixopo’s agricultural landscape is rapidly changing, with many farmers in the district investing in Avo and Lemon orchards!

A misty morning on Loch Buighe farm

I woke up very early this morning to capture the sun rise over Ixopo and onto Loch Buighe farm. I’d hoped to get some pictures of the avo’s too. But the weather had other plans today. This misty, wet weather is quite common here in Ixopo and probably why this area is such a big… Read More

Photographing farmers

Let’s be honest, men (in general) do not like to be photographed. Then you add a ‘farmer’ to the equation and you get the next level of photo phobia! Their fear of a camera is almost palpable! Those sweat droplets from above the brow are usually not because it’s a hot day…it’s the picture of… Read More

Sutherland Seedlings Ellepot Avo Trees being planted in Ixopo

Another lot of Avo trees being planted on Loch Buighe Farm. These Avo’s are from Sutherland Seedlings in Ixopo and were planted as Ellepots – a paper pot opposed to plastic bags. Ellepot seedlings and fruit trees are known to be healthier and have a faster root development, with more uniform plants while improving crop… Read More

A photographic documentary of a dairy farm and home in the Umzimkulu valley

Last year during the Lynford Country Weekend in Ixopo, I sponsored a Farm Documentary shoot for the auction and the Moberly’s made the highest bid! I will be doing this shoot in 2 parts. I did a half day recently, capturing some of the dairy scenes, winter landscapes, home and staff. I’ll be doing the… Read More

Ashleigh Farm Contracting and Field Services in Ixopo

I attended an informative lighting workshop this weekend that had a wedding theme to it. Doing these workshops are of incredible value and there is always something new to learn despite wedding photography not being my subject. Other than a heap of helpful information I got from this workshop, I also got confirmation that the… Read More

NGO Photography; Harry Gwala Agri mentorship program for smallholder farmers

I’ve been doing a number of shoots for Harry Gwala Agri recently.  Harry Gwala Agri is an NGO that coordinates mentorship programs and training for smallholder farmers and agriculture TVET students with the help of local commercial farmers in the area.  This particular shoot was just down the road from me in a spectacular valley… Read More

Autumn Farm Photography

There is no day for a sleep-in during Autumn for me! The morning light and colour around this time of year is incredible! Soon after I had captured some of that beautiful morning light, I got caught up in a herd of cattle being moved to another field! So I left the landscape and opted… Read More

Loch Buighe Farm Operations: The Farm Mechanic

After a morning of shooting potatoes (!), I popped my head into the workshop. One mustn’t forget the workshop! Without wheels on a farm, everything comes to a halt! I’ve been commissioned to document Loch Buighe farm in Ixopo this year, capturing the various operations,  its employees at work and the landscapes. I love this… Read More

5 day AgDevCo agriculture shoot in the North of Malawi

I had the pleasure of going back to Malawi for a shoot for AgDevCo, an investment company partnering with smallholder farmer units (SDU’s) within large agricultural companies. This 5 day shoot included everything from community agricultural training, a Groundnut factory, paprika, macadamias and the largest mac factory in Malawi (Tropha) to farm supply stores. Here… Read More