Category Archives: 2021

Southern Africa: Images and Impressions
Sunday, January 17, 2021, 7:30PM


Southern Africa: Images and Impressions
Speaker: Jim Neale

Sport, adventure and travel became vitally important to Jim from an early age and have been a constant throughout his life. Jim and his wife have taken a year away from work on 3 different occasions to volunteer and visit the most extraordinary places. Since retiring from Dalhousie, they now travel between November and May every year – still backpacking and chasing opportunities that present themselves rather than any kind of plan. They are humbled and deeply grateful for the opportunities they’ve had to experience remarkable things, in remarkable places, with remarkable people. Their 5 months in Southern Africa in 2018/19 was their second time there and they cannot wait to get back. It’s a place that takes a little getting used to but finds its way into one’s heart. He’s looking forward to sharing few of their images and impressions with you.

We’ll cover…
– a little background on how Jim travels and the gear he takes… and how this shapes the kind of images he tends to get
– a brief slideshow to give a sense of what he encountered
– a few things he’s learned about self-directed (self-driving) photographic opportunities in Africa… but also the other kinds of opportunities
– a walk through a series of images that illustrate the unique opportunities and challenges and to tell a few stories behind getting the shot
– a Q&A

You can preview Jim’s sport and travel images here

About Jim Neale:
Jim was an educator and organizational development consultant – mostly at Dalhousie. He took up photography far too late in his life. Jim was a member of the Photo Guild for a couple of years, until he began travelling for most of the Guild’s season. A former competitive athlete, he now looks for opportunities to give back to sport through photography.

The members only page has a direct link to Jim’s presentation.
For non-members please register for Jim’s presentation using this link:

Orkney, Sunday, January 3, 2021


From Skara Brae to Scapa Flow – 5000 Years and More on Orkney
Presenter: Rob Fensome
Time: Jan 3, 2021 07:30 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)

Join Rob Fensome on a tour of the unique Orkney Isles, off the northeastern corner of Scotland. Usually referred to as just “Orkney”, the archipelago offers an unparalleled range of historic monuments:
Neolithic stone circles and remains of the earliest-known village in northern Europe (Skara Brae); Pictish brochs (tower settlements) from around the time of the Romans; Viking settlements and a Viking Romanesque cathedral; late medieval palaces; and numerous relics form World Wars 1 and 2, when Orkney’s inland sea (Scapa Flow) was home to the British fleet. Add in towering sea cliffs, quaint old towns, and a fascinating geological history and you have ingredients for a great armchair adventure.

Rob Fensome is a research scientist and geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, working in their Atlantic Division at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth. Before starting with the GSC 36 years ago, Rob studied at Nottingham University in England, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto. Rob is lead editor and co-author of two books, The Last Billion Years on the geology of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and Four Billion Years and Counting on the geology of Canada. He and colleagues are now working on a second edition of The Last Billion Years, scheduled to be out in 2022.

Zoom meeting from the members only webpage.