Magazine Articles on Natural History
The Author, Alan Graham, is an established writer in both fiction and non-fiction. Novels in the genres of science fiction and psychological thrillers, and factual articles relating to natural history and wildlife photography. Some of his many magazine by-lines can be found below.
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Inflight Magazine Front Cover by ALAN GRAHAM
LR Series III fan, Alan Graham, explains:
"The Road To Hell is not paved, as some have suggested. Far from it! The Road To Hell undulates across the north eastern plains of Ghana, West Africa, from Damanko Bridge over the River Oti to Nkwanta, nestled at the foothills of the mountains bordering Togo.
The corrugated washboard effect associated with many African dirt roads is so old and well established on this stretch that the distance between one corrugation peak to the next is about 72 inches - almost exactly two thirds the wheel base of our new-fangled LR 110.
We lurch and curse, rising and falling a foot with each passing peak. So if you do intend to take this road, don't have breakfast. I swear we travelled further vertically than horizontally. When a man on a bicycle overtook us, we began to cry..."
... (Land Rover Owner International) Issue 9. 1998
How 3 Pioneering Women Found Success In Belize:
A mile up from Sharon at Belize Zoo on the Western Highway, there is an equally famous establishment called Amigos, a rest stop and drinking hole built back in the late 80s by 'the third girl'. Formerly known as JB's, it is adorned with memorabilia from years of British Army invasion, local adoration and the cast and crew of “Mosquito Coast”, filmed on the Sibun River downstream from Donna's resort. Back then it was the only place for miles around where one could eat and drink, a dilapidated little thatched affair owned and leased over many years by a beautiful young woman simply known as Sue.
“A farmer walked into JB's one evening,” she told me with a chuckle, “And dropped his shotgun to the counter top (we are talking 1988). It went off with a bang, took out a beer mug near by and drilled a hole through my cash register... No one blinked. The man was served and on leaving I presented him with his bill which he paid without question: Stewed chicken, a handful of beers and a cash register.”
... (International Living Magazine) Vol 38 No 4. 2018
Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Snake?
"GO ROUND, go round, quickly," we both shouted in unison. Our boatman, Saliff, was laughing but only until he realised we were actually serious. His smile melted, the following expression of protest was quickly replaced by one of hopelessness - and then, HORROR!
Saliff, it seemed, didn't like snakes. As he brought the skiff around we caught a glimpse of the monster: A brown and white and twisted beast, perhaps 12 feet long, writhing about on the surface of The Gambia River. "It's a python," Solomon, our guide, said. "It's probably just eaten and can't swim so good."
But Saliff was pointing to a small plastic bottle in the reeds on the far bank and it was then that we realised the python was entangled in a fishing net - it was probably drowning. "Come on, we've got to rescue it," shouted my wife. We Who? I thought, looking at Saliff and Solomon cowering in the stern. We Two, dear! Is she serious? Look at it, it's very angry. Oh no, the odds of success seemed really bad. All I had was a headful of panic and a blunt, Swiss Army knife...
... (BBC Wildlife Magazine) Volume 25 No 7. 2007
From trip to film strip, wildlife movie-maker, Alan Graham, reveals the secrets of shooting and editing the ultimate creature feature.
"You'd think I would have learned my lesson by now having trekked through rural Africa just months earlier in search of the perfect wild animal sequence. Tough as it had been then, oh no, here I was back at it again.
Six weeks later we returned to the sanctuary of The Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra. We were blistered, dehydrated and malnourished. We had spent all that time in either dugout canoes or wet boots, either bug-ridden tents or seering sunshine. Ice cubes? You wouldn't believe how hysterically stupid we became over them..."
... (Video Camera Magazine) Issue March, 1998
Efforts are being made to protect them, but will this be enough? Report by Alan Graham:
"West Africa is home to a large proportion of the continent's primates. Sadly they are relatively unknown to all but a few. 12 monkey species alone roam the forests and savannahs of Ghana, and many are quite accessible for viewing.
With such diversity one would have thought West Africa a 'mecca' for primate enthusiasts. Not so! It is only recently that these distant relatives of ours have come to the attention of travellers.
Primates are not unlike us: Dexterity; social order; a keen memory and plenty of cunning all give rise to highly structured discipline. It is not surprising, therefore, that just as we humans were able to adapt and extend our range on foot, so too did many of our cousins. But in the dwindling forests of the Gulf of Guinea it is a very different story..."
... (Travel Africa) Edition 7. Spring 1999
What is Time? One of the most enduring of questions:
"Time is an ethereal sensation of progress, unlike physical motion, which often obliges us to dismiss time as imagined due to our practical minds. We demand that time be like space, when it is not. Neither are moments the same as mountains, though we wish they were. Unlike space, time has no course, nay, no dimensions we may call upon to devise a direction.
Time is form. It is an expansion of circumstance holding eternity to account, pushing the past and future apart and stretching eventuality. This perceived reality, our present moment, is our making, without us nothing would be..."
... (Time's Paradigm, 1988-2021) Published online.
BROWN HARES: A Devon Dilemma, by Alan Graham
"A fine, long ear protrudes above the grass, as if an artist's brush tipped in black paint. Now there's another, twitching this way and that. A muzzle appears, momentarily poised in contemplation, wide eyes wandering about the horizon.
And then in an instant, before we are even witness to this most elusive of all British mammals, an apparition has skimmed off across the field and is lost to sight..."
... (Devon Life Magazine) Volume 4. Issue No 9. 2000
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