Toes

Photographing toes is a subject with endless possibilities. There is even a blog dedicated to toe pictures and this blog inspired me last Sunday to picture a few toes moving around along the Grotto Beach in nearby Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.

The first toe subject is that of the “Beach Boys” (life guards) and the second are the toes of our dear friend Beatrice Pooke (best Masseuse around and this is not exaggerated) who came with us from Stanford for a long walk  along the beach and the lagoon.

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Horses in the mist

It rarely happens that I go out without my camera to take pictures where-ever I go (except shopping and parties). Yesterday we were at the Grotto Beach in Hermanus (near our village in South Africa) and I shot some images in the mist. The next days you’ll see more pictures I took during this hike along the beach and the lagoon.

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The Favorit Imaginary

Time to evaluate the interest in my images and imaginaries since I started this blog 4 months ago. According to the WordPress statistics the imaginary ‘Romancing the flower’ is the absolute topper. It was one of the first postings and also one of my favorites; already designated for online poster sales later this year. The most favorite pictures are those of the recent fires that blazed around this village. Especially the helicopter with the bucket flying into the red as a David versus Goliath scored high. The next posting, BTW, is that of an imaginary of this helicopter. The third place goes to an imaginary of my first photo  model; Karuna with a hat the queen of Holland is jealous of.

Back to ‘Romancing the Flower’. This imaginary consists of flower elements and Clarissa (one of the dolls of the Stanford Hotel) against a mixed background of the sunset and elements of nearby Papiesvlei (farm community). Added with a moon and ‘Brigitte the Butterfly’ of Fabrikk Gassenschau; a unique outdoor theatre spectacle in Switzerland.

With the WordPress statistics at hand I also realized that the number of ‘likes’ does not tell anything about the real interest. The likes are only from other WordPress users who are logged in. The real interest goes beyond that.

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The mystery of The Red Bike of Stanford

South Africans …. well … there are no better story-tellers in the world and sometimes the truth is something different although the best stories always have some truth in them….

But now they are stuck. Everybody I ask about the background of The Red Bike stands with his/her mouth full of teeth (as far as any left in many cases…. dental care is unaffordable for the majority). Even the local historian, who wrote an awesome good documented and illustrated book about Stanford, doesn’t know. The Red Bike is ‘walled’ against the Caltex petrol station at the entrance of the village and the local tourism bureau advertises it amongst the many things to see in and around the village. Is the story too gruesome to tell? Is there something about this bike that people are ashamed of? Well one can think of numerous questions. Maybe there is a simple answer to all this such as “there was no green paint” or “they just put the bike against the wall for decoration”. Maybe the answer is not that simple. It just remains a mystery and that explains this imaginary (second picture is the original).

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And the 'heat is on' again

A ‘veld fire’ is not so easy to distinguish; up to 14 days afterwards it can flare up from underground. That’s what happend here this afternoon 2 days after. Luckily the local fire brigade was on standby (for checking up purposes) on a nearby farm. Now (Friday Feb 1 at almost 6 PM; a few hours after the flames popped up again it looks like this fire is under control for the time being….

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And the ‘heat is on’ again

A ‘veld fire’ is not so easy to distinguish; up to 14 days afterwards it can flare up from underground. That’s what happend here this afternoon 2 days after. Luckily the local fire brigade was on standby (for checking up purposes) on a nearby farm. Now (Friday Feb 1 at almost 6 PM; a few hours after the flames popped up again it looks like this fire is under control for the time being….

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Dance of the Hottentots Gods

Recently I submitted a few images of a Hottentots God. Today I decided to play in Photoshop with one of the pictures combined with an older one of this sacred insect. Originally I had a purple background but after I added the different (highly mutilated  in Photoshop)  element layers I decided  to choose for a Black & White imaginary. ‘Let’s dance’.

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A walk on the Green Side

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I just had to say something about an article in The Huffington Post; an American internet publication. I browse it every now and than and wish South African publishers would be able to put something like this with the relatively high quality on the net. That set aside; the author of the article was for 24 hours in Cape Town and she has been rushing about talking with one after the other PR-person. But she did a fine job given the short period she was there. And of course there were some comments; one of these a very nice one if I may say so myself.

Well … read for yourself:

“For the 24 hrs you experience Cape Town and surrounds it’s a remarkable well written article. You emphasize however all the positive sides of the Mother City and have visited the obvious tourist destinations. Hope you will have more time available during your next visit to South Africa. The real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town. It’s there where you find true personal hospitality and discover where Capetonians got their ideas from (Cape Town is known as one of the top 3 copycat cities in the world). And also from a budget point of view the ‘Hinterland’ is really cheap to stay and to travel in; surely in comparison with Cape Town. Having said that I must admit that once or twice per year we like to go to Cape Town just to experience a bit of city-hassle and than to come to realize that we are very privileged to live in a small village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai that was recently awarded with ‘Best Village Destination in South Africa”.

 

Stanford, 14 January 2013

Herman (& Yvonne)”