Through Jade's Eyes

This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (, and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, December 07, 2009


Last week, pioneer wildlife photographer, Arthur Radclyffe Dugmore, (1925 -THE WONDERLAND OF BIG GAME) left any would-be wildlife photographers absolutely motionless among swarms of biting insects – all just to photograph an elephant or rhino or other exotic wild animal that you were stalking. It’s a situation that Jade del Cameron or Sam Featherstone have encountered in the Jade del Cameron mystery series.

But stalking is not the only method to get animal footage. Working from a blind is another. Dugmore recommends that you choose a spot near a water-hole if you plan to photograph something other than a large predator. (predators require a kill for bait). Build a comfortable blind – one that has “plenty of room in it.” You should cover the bottom with grass and a blanket so that you can “move without making any noise.” All equipment should be concealed with grass or branches, but take care that grass doesn’t blow across the lens.

If you’ve gone to the bother of making a blind either on the ground or in a tree, supply it with at least two cameras set to work simultaneously and without being touched. In other words, by a remote mechanism which in the 1920’s, meant an electrical wire and batteries. “The slightest movement may be fatal, not only to the picture, but to yourself as lion can see at night, and it does not take much to make them come for you.”

He advices being prepared. “Have a rifle handy,” and protect yourself from mosquitoes. His advice in 1925: “Parasitox made by Heppell’s laboratories.” “A good electric-hand torch” (flashlight) is most useful and recommends a strong one attached to one’s hat, like on a miner’s helmet.

Next week: Dugmore’s Flash photography.
All quotes are from A. R. Dugmore, Wonderland of Big Game, 1925.

NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. An excerpt and information on pre-ordering signed copies is available at the website: Follow short updates on

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