The call of the wild beckons here at the edge of the south-western tip of Africa.  I blog about urban wildlife and the beautiful surrounds of the Cape Peninsula, where Cape Town is sited. I live at the southern end, away from the hectic rush of the city.  Here the pace of life is slower and rich within nature’s natural rhythms.

Drawn to capturing the connection between landscapes and wildlife, I find conservation issues arising:  the insiduous creep of urbanisation and the effect altered landscapes have on man and animal.  On one hand we seek connection with the mystery and freedom of the natural world, yet we continually strive to tame the wild around us.

There’s a growing awareness of the impact that our urbanising planet has on wilderness areas: the loss of species and their habitat.   Human intrusion into wild regions becomes ever more invasive. Yet the creatures which adapt to these altered landscapes should surely be seen in a new light, survivors of a brutal ongoing natural history.     Living on the urban edge I’m very aware of the ‘interface’ zone and the fragility and adapation of the creatures on the fringe.

I hope to raise awareness of the ‘urban wild’ through my photos.  In 2011 I held a photographic exhibition titled “Wild Within”  at the Casa Labia Art Gallery, which reflected the impact humans have on baboons and the complex issues around human/baboon conflict.

The craft of photography is an evolving journey for me: I learned the basics attending the London School of Photography under the excellent tutelage of  – Luciana Franzolin and i continue to attend workshops in Cape Town on various photographic aspects.

I have also attended several lectures at Nikon Training in Kingston, London getting to grips with the technical aspects of Nikon camera gear.

I hope you’ll join me by posting your comments and I’m equally curious to know of  ‘backyard’ encounters in other parts of the world.   Any feedback will be most appreciated 🙂

With warm wishes,

Liz Hardman

Contact:  natureontheedge@yahoo.com

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  1. Fascinating angle for a blog. I can really relate to the connections you’re making between landscapes and wildlife, and am looking forward to seeing where it takes you. Many thanks for dropping by as it gave me the opportunity to discover nature on the edge…


    1. Hi Julian, to receive your comments when just starting out on this blog is a great boost. Thank you! It’s the ‘rough edges’ i find interesting in this overlap of urban and wild. Your descriptive style of writing builds powerful images … the scenes of storm and falcons still linger in unfettered space of (my) imagination. Best, Liz.

  2. I like your blog, I have been thinking about the urban wildlife dilemma – wild creatures in a city environment, so I look forward to exploring more in your blog. Can I just comment I find the text you write the blog in very difficult to read – it is quite a small font, and just fancy enough to be confusing to read at the size it is.

  3. I absolutely love your blog! Beautiful photos and so interesting to see the beauty in nature from your part of the world! Keep up the great work! I will be checking in often!

  4. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Adventurous Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see the other nominees and rules for accepting the award, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-Pt – All the best!

    1. Dear Retiring Sort, thanks for your nomination for the Adventurous Blogger award. It has taken me ages to get back to you, apologies! Back home now after a month away and catching up with the backlog. I’m not really into awards but am flattered by your choice. I hope you don’t mind that I’m not taking it up? I’ll take a look at your other nominees as it is great to find sites of common interest. That’s the beauty of WordPress, the ability to connect with others across the globe. Best wishes, Liz.

  5. Just came across your blog and think it’s great. We live in the middle of Budapest, a city of 2 million, but still manage to enjoy some urban wildlife. My sons and I go out hunting for hedgehogs fairly often, and one makes his home in our back yard. We’ve counted over 30 species of birds on our property, many attracted to the feeders we put out. Actually, just yesterday my oldest son and I put up a poster for “Our Backyard Birds,” and he’s putting up informative cards for each species we see.
    Anyway, I look forward to spending some more time with your blog. Keep it up!

    1. Thank you! It’s great to have a visitor from Budapest, i know so little about your city, but now can visit your blog and discover the wildlife in your ‘patch’. Isn’t it amazing how creatures adapt and find an eco niche in the urban environment.

    2. Thank you! It’s great to have a visitor from Budapest, i know so little about your city, but look forward to visiting your blog and discovering the wildlife in your ‘patch’. Isn’t it amazing how many creatures adapt to an eco niche in the urban environment.

  6. Liz, I know this isn’t really an appropriate use of your commenting area, so of course feel free to delete it. Also, not knowing your country well enough to know if you’re near Johannesburg or not, I’m passing on this link to a lost kitty I happened onto today. http://longlifecatsanddogs.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/it-may-be-absurd-but-its-worth-a-try/
    You’re the only one I know at all potentially near this blogger.

    Thanks, and sorry about the intrusion!

    1. 6* of separation sometimes works a treat. I have passed on the link to relatives who’re in Johannesburg and may know of someone living in Bryanston…. worth a shot Sid. It’s heartbreaking to lose a loved pet. Let’s hope that Jangles is reunited with her owner..

  7. Thank you for visiting and following Clicks & Corks and for liking one of my images: much appreciated.
    You have a very interesting blog with a well defined mission and you have some great images of a beautiful part of the world and its wildlife!
    Take care

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog and your comments. I’ve just had a look at your site and like it a lot … You have similar passions for wild places and your photography captures it all beautifully. I’ll be following from now.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Professor. It is a fabulous realm – magical, full of surprises, adrenalin-enriched. Must admit that i was better at capturing slower moving, sluggish creatures… actually nudibranchs remain my most sort after underwater photographic subject.

  9. Wow, really love your photography. You’re great at capturing colour, really vivid shots! I’ll be following for sure. Thanks for stopping by my blog today, it’s much appreciated.

  10. Hi Liz,
    You have some beautiful photos here! Thanks for stopping by and liking some of mine of the sea. I don’t have anything like your kind of urban wildlife, Best I can manage from small town Texas is opposums, raccoons, squittels. I have managed to get a couple of good shots of the squirrels but they sure don’t come close to your penguins, even if they are pretty entertaining sometimes 😉

    1. Thanks for the comments 🙂 Yes we do have quite a diversity of creatures. Though you may not have the excitement of critters we have here, your blog has a diversity of range 🙂 Having spent time at sea, I relish your calling.

  11. Hi there! Love the pictures on your blog! And yes, being underwater sure is an experience that is one of its kind. Ever since I did it once, I have been determined to become a certified diver. I only hope it materializes soon!! 🙂

  12. Hi Liz — you have an awesome collection of photos and articles here! Thanks so much for sharing them! This year I’ve resolved to improve my mindset by visiting and commenting on a positive blog every day, and I am glad to have found your site in my wanderings; it’s very pleasant to read, and it inspires reflection on how many creatures share the planet with us. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comments, Meg. I’m happy to highlight these wonderful creatures. My particular interest is the interface between the wild and urbanised man. Natural history alters as we encroach more and more into wildspaces, but it’s fascinating seeing how creatures adapt and find their own eco spaces, or more worrying is the rate of species extinction due to man’s rapid expansion.

  13. I can’t wait to see and read more about you and see your work, the ocean is increible thats one area I really struggle to photograph (fear or sharks here in WA and my underwater skills….so lacking!). You’re really talented!

    1. Thanks Red! I’m going to be doing a series on the inter-tidal zone soon. By the way there was quite a bit of bantering in our local newspapers when it was discovered that one of the tagged female white sharks from False Bay swam across to WA and back (took nine months I think). She was named “Nicole” after Nicole Kidman, but then there was a debate as to whether she should have been named “Charlize” after all she had started the journey from our side of the Indian Ocean….. 🙂 Phenomenal creatures! We know so little about them. And now we have scary news of a megladon lurking in the depths…..

    1. Thanks Solaner!! I appreciate your nomination, and especially being included in your list along with the other recipients. I’m familiar with some of the blogs, but not all and when I have time I’d like to browse through them all. It’s a great way to promote other photographer’s work. I hope you’ll understand that time constraints at the moment leave me with not enough time to accept the award. Best wishes, Liz.

  14. Beautiful photos, Meivrou Liz 🙂
    (Ek praat nie Afrikaans nie, just showing off my google skills 🙂 but still a nice thing to meet someone new from over there. I do have friends there). Thank you for visiting my blog too and I hope to see more of your pics in the future.

  15. YOU are amazing! Your pictures are amazing! Here in the USA where I live I see the encroachment of humans on the wildlife. They build houses where the wildlife winters and then complain about the wildlife eating there shrubs and flowers and trees. They complain about how scary it is for the wild animals to be near their homes and their children and they want them removed and don’t care how……amazing…….selfish……unseeing people. I feel sorry for the wildlife…they are being choked out of existence. Hugs

    1. Thanks for your comments. Yes, it’s a very sad saga worldwide that there appears to be irreversible loss of animal species and there is little political will to stop development and protect diminishing wildlife.

    1. Thanks for the link and the supportive comments Maurice. The common flora heritage back to Gwondana is fascinating. The proteaceae are a huge plant family – enjoying seeing your pix of the grevillea. Like their structural form – wired and sturdy.

  16. Thank you for your thoughtful blog and great photographs. Also it takes courage to address areas of conflict such as human thoughtlessness if not antipathy towards wildlife, and primates in particular. I appreciate you sharing the softer and social side of baboons that many people never see when they see them as a nuisance, adversary or (equally inappropriately) as some kind of entertainment. In KZN suburbia vervet monkeys are also often similarly characterised and subjected to persecution including by some people who regard themselves as animal lovers. Thanks for following my blog, I subscribed to follow yours, but it is not showing up in my list, so I hope there has not been some kind of technical mishap. Perhaps I need to need re-subscribe to be sure all is well.

    1. Hi Carol, thanks for your supportive comments. I’m all for the growing awareness towards the suburban eco-niche for wildlife. It’s interesting to see the different species and links to diversity in other environments. Sad to read that the vervets are similarly persecuted along with the baboons in this ongoing human/wildlife conflict. Thanks for the follow – i see your name logged as a follower – hoping that the link is now confirmed?

  17. Hi Liz, I am happy to see your blog focused on urban wildlife issues. I watched a documentary on the baboons in urban areas and all of the issues they are faced with. At the end of the documentary they showed a group of people who were volunteering to protect the baboons so they could cross the highway. I too, am focusing on wildlife and nature preservation through my photography blog, etc. It appears that there isn’t any place to comment on individual posts, but I am glad to have connected with you and enjoy your positings..

    1. Thanks for visiting Laura. Glad to know that the documentaries on the baboons are informative. They don’t have an easy life on the urban edge – and happily i can report that at one point i too did road duty and conservation awareness getting the message out to visiting motorists. Fortunately now there is a contracted conservation management company dedicated to the task of keeping the baboons and humans apart minimizing conflict issues.

      1. Oh, Liz what great news. I am happy to be able to keep up with their plight. So many animals world-wide are suffering because they’re living on the edge of humanity, so much work to do, that is why I am using my camera to highlight wildlife and nature. Have a great week.

  18. I’ve just found your blog and really enjoyed seeing the photos and reading. I like the conservation angle and it’s really interesting to see wildlife in another country. I’m following and looking forward to reading more.

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