26 Feb 2014

A thing of beauty

As a complete contrast to all the Porsche and motor sport stories I found this delightful photo last weekend.Taken in Zimbabwe -once one of the most beautiful and richest countries in Africa -now totally trashed- in 1998 on my Leica M6 with a 135mm Elmarit lens on Kodak Ektar 100 colour negative film.Unlike many of my colour negatives this one is in superb condition although it is much younger than the ones which have discoloured.In 50 plus years of taking photos I can only remember taking two photos of birds and this is one of them.


  1. Hi John. FYI, it's a lilac breasted roller - very common in the warmer regions of Southern Africa. We even had one in our Johannesburg garden for a while, when drought conditions must have forced it into the suburbs for forage.

  2. Beautiful. You need to take more pictures of birds. :)