Next Stop Africa


Last week I’m in Spain for our final holiday of the year. I was struck down with a little bout of food poisoning so getting out and about wasn’t ideal.
The above shot from the beach front from Fuengirola to Torreblanca across that sea somewhere is Africa, nice weathered boards made me think it would make a decent black and white image.


A stack of chairs above makes for a decent wee black and white too. This one was in Malaga where they were getting ready for the beatification of Padre Arnaíz who had once performed a miracle. A crowd of ten thousand was expected for the event.

Big Cat Diary in Spain


Imagine getting paid to photograph these fantastic cats. Like the rest of us mere mortals I don’t get paid to photograph them but I did get to see them everyday for the past week and could have sat and watched them all day.


The lion King of Beasts always looks regal when he decides to sit up and cast his eye over his land. Sadly this chap doesn’t have much land to look over however I suppose he doesn’t have to worry about predators with rifles hunting him down.


I pretty much had him to myself whenever I went to see him. Most days he would simply be sleeping in the hot sun as cats do.
I decided to sit with him and see if he’d pop his head up to see if I could get the money shot, face straight on with eyes locked on me.
Once he decided it was time to poke his head out from the grass his gaze followed me wherever I walked, too hot for him to walk out for a close up shop though.
Below is the money shot, my crack at the greatest photograph of a lion ever!


A photograph I’m pretty happy with. Originally I wasn’t going to take a camera on this trip as it was going to be relaxing by the pool for a week. Thankfully I did or there would be no close up shots of these beautiful cats without my trusty old zoom lens.

Tiger Tiger

Everybody wants to pass as cats
We all want to be big big stars, but we got different
reasons for that….

More from Magic Natura down by the tigers.
Cats like to sleep so when you go to see these then that’s what they’re doing, unless they’re being fed. Half past one and the cats come alive waiting for their lunch and showing a decent turn of speed and some impressive swimming skills in the chase for the food. If one of these comes after you don’t think jumping in a nearby puddle is gonna stop them. Unlike most house moggies water is their friend.


Cat fact 1: Claws are can grow up to 4 inches so that’s gonna leave more than a wee red scratch from little Puddles back home.


Cat fact 2: They can jump up to ten meters the world record long jump is short of 9 so get working on that.


Cat fact 3: Padded feet means the stalk silently that makes for a better “Oh sh*t!” moment.


Cat fact 4: They’re the worst cat climbers good at going up rubbish at going down. You might want to incorporate tree climbing into your escape plans.


Cat fact 5: They have fewer teeth than dogs so shouldn’t hurt so much when they bite you.


Cat fact 6: They have the largest canines of the cat family and have special skills such as pressure sensing so they know where to sever the neck of their prey. Ignore fact 5 if it bites you’ll feel it.


Cat fact 7: White spots on the back of the ears, just fake eyeballs.

Tiger taking a swim.

Cat fact 8: The markings on the top of a tiger head resembles the Chinese character “Wang” which means “King”


Could have spent hours photographing these beautiful cats turned out I was lucky to get any with a dodgy SD card refusing to work on our first visit and a dying battery on our final visit.


Sleepy Snake


I’ve been out in the wilds of Spain for the past week, pretty much the middle of nowhere. Thankfully there’s a pretty decent zoo built onto our resort so the morning walk to the breakfast restaurant passed the massive aviary with Macaws flying over the trees and then post breakfast swims in the pool overlooked elephants and antelopes.

The above image is obviously neither but certainly one of my favourite images from the couple of full SD cards. Shot with my trusty little 50mm manual lens using what light was available and there wasn’t much of that, so a wee ISO bump was required.
Turned out pretty well the snake making the most of where the light was and coiled nicely on its branch.

There’s more to follow, expect cats. Lots of cats.

Spain At 120mm Per Hour


The Agfa Isolette III made the journey to Spain with us after my rebuild attempts. The excitement of developing a few rolls when I got back was short lived when I saw how black they came out.
I was thinking that maybe the bright Andalucian sun had spotted a hole in the bellows that the dark skies of sunny Scotland had failed to penetrate. However on Sunday when out shooting with my Ricoh 500 something in my head made me check my light meter which was given the exact same readings for every ISO I entered.
So I’m hoping that the blackness of the negatives was due more to overexposure than a fault in the camera somewhere.


A shot of Europa on top of the cunningly disguised Zeus. A pretty sharp image from the 60 year old camera that until recently couldn’t be focused and the shutters were stuck.


The Plaza De Toros in Fuengirola next door to the Bioparc from previous posts.


Up in the mountains for a trip to Mijas whitewashed and a lot hotter than the easter visit of a few years back.



The Plaza De Toros of Mijas a nice little museum, obviously not everyone’s thing but worth a visit.



Spain 2016

The last two shots were a bit of muck up, appears to be a problem with the camera which may have been the wind on mechanism popping out. Still I’m happy to have rescued some shots from the film. The squares that appear on some of the images were caused by using my laptop screen as a back light.