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Who is Firefly

Mmmmmm….  About me.  This is probably where I have to blow my own trumpet. *Big breath*  Me, me, me, me, me and little bit more about me.  Hi, my name is Jonker Fourie (also known online as Firefly) and this is me.

I was born, bred and grew up in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth in sunny South Africa.  We didn’t travel much as a family while I was growing up, but when the travel bug did bite me it made sure it got its fangs in nice and deep.  Travel is in my blood, so if I had to be offered a spot on The Amazing Race (either as a competitor or host, I’m not picky), I would jump at the opportunity.  Just like I would jump at the chance to be on Survivor.  But I’m digressing.

I work in the tourism industry because I am passionate about travel (and isn’t one of those who claim to be passionate about travel just because they work in the tourism industry).  My other passions are Geocaching (also travel related) and  photography and through blogging I have found a way to combine all of these to show the world this beautiful country I live in as well as a bit of my photographic skills.  This means that I am always looking for the perfect landscape, the most awesome sunset (sunrise if I can get my butt out of bed early enough) or crawling after bugs or flowers.  Most of these go onto my blogs but hopefully someday I will actually be able to do my photography professionally.  For now I’m mostly a travel and nature photographer who has no training and tries to get along on natural talent. *wink*.

I am happily married to the Damselfly and have two Kidz named (for blogging purposes) Chaos Boy and Miggie.  We like to get away as a family as much as possible being it for the afternoon, day, weekend of a longer holiday.  This also means that the family often has to be the “people subjects” in photos and when I say “pose there quickly” they normally wait for confirmation if its for a family photo or a travel photo.

Ok, so just to do a little bit of trumpet blowing.  This is my blog after all and I can do on it what I please.  *big smile*  I have been working in the tourism industry for 22 years with my experience ranging from working as a tourist guide and owning my own tour company to a management position in a big tour operator business.  Currently I work in tourism marketing and run a tourism promotion and industry association.  I’m also a radio presenter on a local community radio station.   Oh yes, and if somebody has a contact for me to get onto Survivor or The Amazing Race, give me a shout.

About the bog

The Firefly Photo Files was born on 9 July 2008.  When I first started blogging it was to show off what was then my very limited photographic skills as well as the area I live in.  But as with most things this blog (and perhaps even my photography and writing) evolved.  The Firefly Photo Files transformed into Firefly the Travel Guy and has become my photographic guide to this beautiful country I live in, its travel destinations, scenery animals, bugs, birds, plants, flowers, history and culture plus some other stuff.  A reference guide to (not quite but nearly) everything South African.

The blog includes Port Elizabeth Daily PhotoPEDP was started on 7 November 2007 by Max and Sue Hoppe who was collectively known on the blog as SAM.  It was a labour of love to the city and many current and ex-Port Elizabethans got their daily Port Elizabeth fix through their combined camera lenses.

With their 500th post approaching, Max and Sue felt that it was time to call it a day. Knowing his absolute passion for Port Elizabeth, they decided to approach Jonker Fourie (Firefly), a long time PEDP follower and travel blogger in his own right with his blog The Firefly Photo Files, to take over and continue PEDP rather than closing it down. Without hesitation Firefly accepted, took over the blog on 15 March 2009 and is still bringing visitors to the blog their Port Elizabeth fix, though not on a daily basis anymore.

Over the years the Firefly the Travel Guy blog has become the premier online reference guide to attractions, natural and historic sites in and around the Eastern Cape and will endeavour to continue to do so in the future.

Please note that this blog site is published in my personal capacity and all opinions expressed are my own.   It does not necessarily represent the views or opinions of my clients or employers and is not sponsored or endorsed by them.

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