'It Rained in Namibia’ 18 February 2020   
SP cheetahIn this weeks club meeting we were treated to a wonderful presentation by Simon Palmer entitled ' It rained in Namibia' when he showed us his images of the dramatic landscape of the country and its wildlife.
Simon is a highly regarded and award winning photographer who has developed a passion for conservation and works closely with a number of charities in Namibia, in particular The Africat Foundation which is committed to the long-term conservation and survival of Namibia's large carnivores in their natural habitat.

SP treesSimon's interesting, heart-felt and often amusing talk about the conservation work was illustrated by his wonderful photographs. We saw dramatic images of the landscape where the animals live including the brightly coloured sand dunes in the south of the country which provide such a contrasting back drop to the fascinating natural architecture of the jet black and dried out Acacia trees, which are between 8 and 900 years old. Abandoned vintage cars in the sun baked landscape, wonderful sunsets with silhouettes of Quiver trees and portraits of the indigenous people all feature in his photographs, many of which have been enhanced by his creative skills with colour popping, smoky filters, monochrome and image enhancing borders.

SP lionBut it is the wildlife which really ignites his passion and we saw beautiful images of Cheetahs and Lions basking in the golden African light, a charming baby Zebra in monochrome with a hint of sepia and some fascinating images of a lion under sedation receiving treatment for an ingrowing toe nail! Simon explained at length about the work the charity does and how they work tirelessly to resolve human/wildlife conflict which when successful allows both to live in harmony in such a challenging environment, where it often only rains once ever 3-4 years.

All in all, a most informative, thought provoking and enjoyable evening and we wish Simon and all his colleagues at the charity continued success in helping to save such wonderful animals whose numbers are becoming alarmingly low. Raising money through the sale of this photographs and him donating his time is a remarkably selfless way too support such great work. KS

Images ©  Simon Palmer