Fantastic Foto Friday: The most perfect view Lake Louise, Canada


Lake Louise

I enjoy sleeping in, but the promise of a mirror-like Lake Louise got my out of bed on my trip to Banff – and I was rewarded with the picture above. And hiking through the National Park offered many more beautiful views, making it one of my favorite parks in North America!

The worlds best road trip – California’s Highway 1

I love to take road trips – a nice car, good weather, beautiful scenery all make for a special experience. And one of the best road trips is California’s Highway 1 along the rugged coastline from San Francisco to Los Angeles. During my almost 20 years in San Francisco, I’ve driven that road at least 15 times – and still … Continue reading


Fantastic Foto Friday: Leopard in South Africa

At this point, the leopard is about 15' away from me.  He had climbed up into the tree and I started shooting multiple exposures.  Suddenly he came back down and looked straight at me.  He was on a west to find his mother.  He was a 1-2 year young male leopard.

Robin took this stunning photo full of tension  in Ngala, South Africa. The 1-2 year old young male leopard had just jumped out of a tree and looked straight at him! Ngala is a safari camp on the edge of Krueger National Park in South Africa with great game drives. Robin has more, equally captivating photos on Robin’s Photo Site. You can view them, order photos or create photo products on the site!
I had similar experiences on my trip to Krueger National Park. You can also stay in camps inside the park, go on bush walks or rides with the rangers or go on a game drive in your own car – spotting a pride of lions on my own was one of my most exciting wildlife experiences!

Need some peace & quiet? Summer getaway to Lake Tahoe!

Lake Tahoe, the beautiful blue lake surrounded by mountains, is one of my favorite getaways in Northern California, ever since I fell in love with San Francisco. And while it is very popular in winter with plenty of ski resorts to enjoy the snow, it’s also a fun summer getaway. You can enjoy the beaches along the lakeshore or go hiking … Continue reading


Fantastic Foto Friday: Yellowstone National Park, USA

yel-grand-prismatic-springYellowstone is my favorite National Park in the USA and when I browse through photos like this, I really want to go back! Both, the natural landscape shaped by geo-thermal activity and the wildlife are amazing to behold! And, despite the many visitors, you can have peaceful moments like this, after a hike up the hill, looking down on the Grand Priscmatic Spring!
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Fantastic Foto Friday – Angry Elephant in Hwange National Park Zimbabwe, Africa



A picture says more than 1,000 words – and it is the most evident with wildlife photos: Nothing can capture the feeling of an angry elephant or a lion about to charge her prey like a photo.
Robin J. Dezember is the first guest photographer on Fantastic Foto Friday and his photography captures nature and wildlife in an amazing fashion, and his photo books are captivating.
This photo was taken in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe as part of a tour of Southern Africa – and if you have seen elephants in the wild, you’ll know how real this photo is!

If you want to see (and download) more of Robin’s photos, you can check them out on Robin’s Photography site – it’s worth the visit, you can have a virtual safari!
If you’d like to read more about the adventure that is Southern Africa, check out my trip report from Cape Town to Victoria Falls!



FantasticFotoFriday: Kruger National Park – Do-it-yourself Safari!

095 SAF Lion I have been to a number of wild life destinations and on safaris – but nothing felt as up-close and personal as driving around Kruger National Park in South Africa in my own car, with the window rolled down, discovering a pride of lion, with one of them walking past my car in arms reach – fascinating and unforgettable!
Check out the stories and photos from Kruger National Park for more!
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Dream Trip: Exotic Wildlife, Borneo on a Budget from Asia

You live in one of Asia’s big cities and would love to get away to see some unspoiled nature and exotic wildlife! But you only have a week to go and need to watch your budget! No problem, Sarawak in Southern Borneo is easy to reach and easy on your wallet, but offers amazing wildlife in the national parks all around … Continue reading


Fantastic Foto Friday: Okavango Delta – a River disappearing in the Desert!

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The Okavango Delta is a phenomenal experience: The huge river just fizzles out into the desert, leaving behind a stunning landscape and amazing wildlife to explore. I was fortunate to see it from the air – before exploring it in a tiny dugout canoe. I will never forget those sights…
Check out my experience and more photos from the Okavango Delta, as well as my other adventures from Cape Town to Victoria Falls!
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Do you have a photo that captures great memories of your favorite place? Submit it with your story and I will review it for publishing as a future FantasticFoto!