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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Sahel Sunset

The Sahel is a vast swathe of semi-arid grassland and scrubby woodland immediately south of the Sahara, crossing Africa from west to east. It crosses some of the poorest countries on earth, including Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Niger and Sudan, so is not an easy place to visit, both because the infrastructure is understandably rudimentary and because the plight of many of the people, and the degradation of the land, is challenging to any thinking, empathetic being. 

Waza National Park is in far northern Cameroon. This sunset photo gives a feel of the dust in the air from eroding soils.
Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.
More on Cameroon and Waza in posts to come.

Meantime, back tomorrow!


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