I was born in Pietermaritzburg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and grew up on the Natal South Coast. My parents were very interested in nature, particularly birds, and this had a huge influence on me.  Many  holidays were spent in places like the Kruger National Park and the Drakensberg mountains. Our house was surrounded by natural bush; there were always many birds around as well as the occasional snake and other creepy crawlies. My dad was a keen wildlife photographer then – I remember going along with him to photographic competitions and seeing awesome slides of animals and plants.

I studied zoology at university in Pietermaritzburg, then library science, and ended up in Cape Town working as a specialist science librarian (I love books!). Cape Town has the most amazing scenery and extremely interesting plants. My husband is a botanist so I have been exposed to even more of the natural world through him and his work. Currently we live in Bridgetown in the south-west of Western Australia. Western Australia has a stunning range of scenery, plants and animals.

My mother is very artistic; she can create the most amazing things with fabric and embroidery, and my sister can draw and paint beautifully. I have always wanted to find a creative outlet and hope I finally have.


4 thoughts on “About”

  1. Dear Jennie —

    Beautiful works! I’d like permission to use one of your photos — the one of the Great Western Woodlands — to accompany my piece of found poetry about the same called ‘What Is Great’ which I’ve created today as part of Found Poetry Frontiers’ virtual tour of the WA area. I’ll add a shortlink to the piece with the pic (still unpublished, pending your permission). Let me know if the link works for you. If not, I could email you directly. (Email address?) I hope you’ll see how your lustrous photo enhances and complements this piece of found poetry.

    Thanks kindly,


    Susan Powers Bourne

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