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

Pannar Seed photo shoot; The grass is greener here!

We’re just emerging from a severe drought. As I speak, it’s bucketing with torrential rain and it’s come in the nick of time! Whether ‘flooding’ is the lesser evil, we will know soon but I think all farmers in KwaZulu-Natal are sighing deep breaths of relief that the rain is at least here.  It’s a… 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

Cabbage Harvest

A month ago, I met Gehla who is a cabbage and potato farmer in the Ixopo area. I’ve been doing agriculture photography for Harry Gwala Agri, an NGO that coordinates mentorship programs for emerging farmers in KwaZulu-Natal with the help of local commercial farmers. Gehla has been mentored by local farmer Beesie Stone over the years… 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

Lodge Photography; Kings Grant Wellness Spa

I love this time of year. When Winter approaches and we give ourselves permission to slow down. To take a breather from a marathon of a year, light up the fires in our homes and watch the flames flicker. To ease into the days with mugs of tea and to soak up the midday sunshine… Read More

Harry Gwala Agri Mentorship program for agriculture TVET student at Olivar Dairy with local farmers Paul and Sarah Reynolds

When I drove down the dusty, hoof-trodden road to the dairy, I was surrounded by a herd of  dairy cows on their way to the pastures. It was a happy kind of road block, when you don’t mind being held up for a while! It was a typical ‘dairy farm’ experience, where cows are the… Read More

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