Robyn Preston has gone from being a Northland dairy farmer's wife to an international wildlife photographer.
She spent her childhood on a dairy farm near Dargaville, later married a farmer and never travelled far from home - let alone leave the country.
She was so timid, that driving to Whangarei was too daunting, she said.
But now, aged 59, and with her children grown up, she is seeing the world through the lens of a camera.
For several months each year Robyn Preston is in Africa taking pictures of wildlife, and sells her photos to an international agency.