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Amy Attenborough

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Amy worked at Londolozi from 2014 to 2017, guiding full time before moving into the media department, where her photographic and story-telling skills shone through. Her deep love of all things wild and her spiritual connection to Africa set her writing and guiding ...

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Carolyn Whitaker
Digital Ranger

Thank you for another beautifully written and thought-provoking post, Amy. The Mopane Pomegranate photo is particularly vivid.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Carolyn!

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

Amy, what a thoughtful and inspiring essay. Your words dance across the page like free-spirited fairies. Wishing you all a beautiful summer season filled with the wonders that nature brings.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Denise. I just loved your comment- much appreciated! What season are you currently experiencing now?

Denise Vouri
Digital Tracker

I’m in Northern CALIFORNIA, less than an hour from SF. It’s Fall here, although in reality, it still feels like summer as the temperatures have been hovering in the 90’s. I’m lusting for cooler weather.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Fabulous Denise. Well good luck with that! I hope the temperature drops soon 🙂

A B
Explorer

Beautiful! Waiting for Summer…

Beautiful and very interesting blog. Thank You!

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Nickolette!!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Amy I love your blogs. You write beautifully. Your words are touchimg my heart. It is funny that we think it is Spring in September. October is the most beautiful month with all the trees flowering and new growth all over. I see the Mopani trees are full of fresh green leaves. I am sitting under a “rain tree” writing this. The apple-leaf is one of my favourites aswell.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Marinda. It really is a beautiful time of year, isn’t it?! So glad that you’re in this part of the world to experience it too. What trees are flowering in your garden at the moment and have you seen any interesting summer migrants? All my best, Amy

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

The tree wisteria that we planted a few years ago is flowering this year for the first time. The red chested cuckoo wake us every morning at 3am. Also heard the Didericks cuckoo. Waiting for the first Woodlands.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Ah that is just the best Marinda! Such a gift to see the blossoming of something you invested in years ago! Enjoy it 🙂

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

A lovely post, one of my “to do” “bucket list” is to combine another trip to Londolozi with a trip to the Botanic Gardens at Kirstenbosch . A complete opposite to each other, but I think very rewarding.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Agreed Ian! There are so many magical wilderness spots to be explored in and around South Africa! Have you been to Cape Town before? Hope to see you here again soon!

Byron Ross
Explorer

Your writing about the spirituality of nature and the wilderness resonates with me. I enjoy reading them, thank you

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Byron! Forever grateful to you for being one of the key instigators in my journey with wild places 🙂 Lots of love, Amy

Byron Ross
Explorer

Looking forward to following your path and journey with interest and excitement.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I love this article so much! Remindso me of the inter-connectivity of nature and how even a drought has a purpose in nature (I remember reading an earlier post about this). I feel like I’ve been going through a drought in my life at the moment, with me being confused and floundering and a lot of opportunities going nowhere or being false promises. Hopefully, a new opportunity to do a camping trip in the Kalahari and Okavango will not end in nothing.

I sometimes feel like these posts are the only thing keeping me connected to the bush, or keeping me sane.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Callum I’m so sorry to hear that! Keep trusting in the cycles of life. I hope that this post helped you to notice one small aspect at least that is flourishing in this drought period of yours. I also hope that you manage to get a trip deep into nature soon!! All my best, Amy

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

Thank you Amy! I’m trying to trust in the fact that, like the drought you had at Londolozi last year, mine will break too and everything will be renewed. There are signs that things are changing though, my SA bird list now stands at 412 and two of my wildlife photos were catergory winners in UCT’s Wildlife Photography Competition, called Exposure (you can see them on my instagram page if you want). So I can always turn to nature for guidance when everything else seems against me.
And I may actually get that trip into nature after Christmas. What I said in my first comment about the Central Kalahari and the Delta may actually happen! Keeping my fingers crossed for my first wild dogs and pels fishing owl and to finally get that leopard photograph!!!

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Fingers crossed Callum, wishing you the best!

Harry Bauskin
Explorer

Beautiful blog Amy!

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you Harry!

Jodi Jacob
Explorer

Thank you Amy. Your words mean so much! I never felt connected to Nature until my visit to Londolozi. My visit has changed the way I feel about myself and the world. The feelings I encountered there I keep within a corner of my soul and your words provide comfort and remind me of our place in the world.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you so much Jodi. You have no idea how much joy it brings me to here what your experience at Londolozi gave to you. Allow that encounter to flourish within, don’t just keep it in a corner of your soul 🙂 Hope to see you back here soon! All my best, Amy

Linda Polley
Explorer

Amy, your words are so eloquent and descriptive. I feel your soul connecting to nature and it transfers to my soul. Love your blogs.

Amy Attenborough
Media Team

Thank you so much Linda! I absolutely love that!!

Thomas Weder
Explorer

thanks for this amazing story!

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

Amy, I love reading this, and viewing the lovely photos. I missed your two earlier blogs about trees, so I just read them. You shared the wisdom and beauty that I find in nature, but expressed it so wonderfully through words and pictures. Although I was unaware of the Apple Leaf tree, I developed great respect for it just reading your posts. I believe in the healing power found in nature and in communicating with nature. I love to have a conversation with a tree. I ask the questions and imagine the answers, wondering about the birth, the growth, the life experiences, what has been witnessed. And what it can tell me about myself. Your description of your experiences as well as the words you shared from others are much appreciated. And, thank you for introduction to the writings of Sharon Blackie. I have ordered her latest book. I’ll end with your very meaningful quote. ” There is a part of every single one of us that feels at home in nature, so allow yourself to go home every once in a while”. Thank you

D. Phillips
Explorer

Thank you for showing spring revealing itself once again to the world. I love the flora. Often overlooked.
Diane

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