Happy Birthday Card 2

Last month we posted the Birthday Card we send to ‘likers’ (and dear friends) on our Facebook pages. I just made a new Birthday imaginary with elements from pictures I recently made in our garden added with one of the angels of the Stanford Hotel (left). The background is the sky of 6 AM this …

The object

One may call it art or not. Whatever; we like it. Indonesian born artist Sam Siyahaya painted this rock for us 10 years ago during his stay at our place. This year he returns and he intends to do the finishing touch. We are looking forward to his arrival next month and will keep you …

Barrydale

Barrydale is one of those small towns along Route62 one must take time for once on the track of the world’s longest wine route between Tulbagh and Port Elizabeth in South Africa. During January and February it can be extreme hot (>40 degrees Celcius or >104 F) but chilling offroad at the local Waterfront at …

Associations and an anecdote

It’s a bit of a tricky image but the reality is on display in our garden. Especially visiting women notice this combination of two cactus species and they are not shy about it; some are even measuring the columnar one…. (47.8 cm I heard). But there is more to it. If you look to plants …

Some more plants and flowers in our garden

Just snap shooting with Sony 16-50mm lens mounted on the A77 camera. Few pics have been cropped but no other editing in Photoshop. Me and my wife Yvonne live in Stanford, Western Cape that was recently awarded with “Best Village Destination in South Africa”. Yes we are privileged! And yes; we do have a very …

Illumination

I like lights; especially unique designs. But I also like to save on the electricity bill. So we have solar heating of the geyser and enough glass to provide us with daylight during most of the day. The guest room has its own shower and if guests use it during the daylight ┬áthere is no …

Ecological sound building

The village we live in is also known as the ‘Bird Capital’ of South Africa with hundreds of bird species of which, in 99.9%, I do not even know the common names. Sometimes it’s better not to know…. But I like to watch them and if the opportunity is there I like to picture them. …

Watching the Sun rise

Didn’t have to do much to compose this simple imaginary. Recently I cleaned my archive of the past 3 months (approx. 2000 pics and elements erased) so there was not that much left to choose from. To the few elements I kept belong the girl on the swing and the Papiesvlei sheep. Both I used …

All those little faces

What you see is an ‘Euphorbia gymnocalycioides’; a very rare succulent plant that originates from Ethiopia. It’s very seldom that one sees this plant in cultivation but this beauty is one of the gems in our garden. And look closely …. all those little faces.

300 mm and cropped

Unfortunately an appropriate telelens (at least 800mm) for photographing birds and other wildlife is from a budgetary point of view not within reach (any sponsors? Sony for example since I work with a Sony A77 camera?). So I just have to use my 70-300 mm zoom and crop the end result. A bit greenish but …