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"where the dust settles on my skin
where the wind calls my name,
where my soul aches to live
and yearns to lie down and die
where the windmills crank their weary song,"
Extract of a poem of the Karoo by Helen Lockhart.
This often dry and arid region of South Africa holds its own unique beauty and is often only seen by eyes willing to look. It is a place of silence and aloneness and one's spirit must be strong to survive here. For the visitor it offers a chance to forget the noise.
An image taken at the largest dam in the Western province, at a time when our dams were seriously low. Water restrictions were in place and we were limited to using 50 litres per person per day - that's everything included! Thankfully our dams are now in a much better state, but water is still a serious concern, and our requested usage limits are currently 70 litres per person per day.
For years I had passed by a turnoff with a sign reading "Blacksmith", and finally decided to stop one day and find out what they were all about. Went and spoke to the friendly owner who said he didn't mind me taking some photos, and so after about an hour I left with what I thought were some interesting images. This guy was absolutely wonderful, and just carried on working as if I wasn't there. This was my favourite of the bunch.
Another shot of the incredible Cheetah's at Inverdoorn.
Inverdoorn is a private reserve of 10 000 hectares, it is home to a successful cheetah rescue and rehabilitation centre. They also boast the Big 5.
With less than 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild, places like Inverdoorn are desperately needed.
Cape Town is the place where I live. It's one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a wide variety of natural beauty - Table Mountain, the sea, the vineyards - the list just goes on and on. Yet amongst the beauty, is the danger, and many a ship has ended up stranded like these two, because of the treacherous storms along our coastline.
This was another one of those special moments when one comes around a corner and finds something other than a vehicle on the road!!
I've seen lots of elephant photos - but it's just so special and different when you take them yourself, and when the subjects are so close!
To choose one photo from all those submitted during the year is a very difficult task. I have posted many that are probably a lot more interesting or exciting, and certainly many others that proved more popular, but this one got the nod because of the extra preparation that went into the setup and the difficulty factor involved in the taking of the image. As mentioned at the time, this was my third attempt. I was really thrilled with the quality and sharpness of the end result.
I took this set of photos in one of our poorer communities and just appreciated the fact that the beauty of sunsets are available to everyone - even the poor. The area is called Salt Lake as it overlooks abandoned salt pans - which now provide stunning views and an abundance of mosquitos.
Playing around one evening with water drops in vase. Backdrop and bottom were just pieces of white correx board. Although unseen, there is actually a gap between top and back and I shone a light from below onto the backdrop to create the backlighting. Blue tint is from in camera Whte Balance settings. Drops are normal food colouring into a vase with water and lemons in it.
And so we leave Augrabies and set off for the final stop on our holiday - Clanwilliam. This was taken along the first part of the trip, with Springbok being the next big town along the way.
Very different vegetation yet again, this time the grasses brightening up the landscape.
Parc de Hluhluwe-Umfolozi.
Plus ancienne réserve d'Afrique du Sud, sa création remonte à 1895. Ce parc couvre une superficie de 96000 ha et présente des paysages spectaculaires : collines couvertes d'un tapis d'acacias séparées par de nombreux cours d'eau autour desquels prospèrent des forêts-galeries verdoyantes. La réserve est surtout connue pour les rhinocéros blancs et noirs mais aussi pour la timide antilope "Nyala".
Chinese New Year celebrations here in South Africa.
Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the new year containing a new moon and ends on the Lantern Festival fourteen days later. This occurs around the time of the full moon as each lunation is about 29.53 days in duration.
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