Sunsets and the 'Image Building Industry'

A sunset is one of the more popular subjects within the ‘image building industry’. I use this expression on purpose for most of the famous contemporary pictured sunsets have gone extensively through photo-processing software. This sunset is a genuine one made in RAW from our front door. And yes, maybe one day I’ll become famous too, so I added (photoshopped) a bird to it (and the copyright notice). Fun!!!

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Peruvian mask

During our travels in the past we always try to collect souvenirs. Sometimes these are just stones, sometimes genuine crafts or art. And we never went into a souvenir shop. If we bought something we had to like/love it and it had to be made by an artist on the spot. We’ve never been in Peru (South America is still largely to be discovered by us) but we met once in France an ceramist from this country working in the traditional way including wood-fired ovens scattered around his house somewhere in rural Burgondy, high in the mountains above the original French capital Cluny. And that is where we bought this mask and forgot in the meantime the meaning of it and also the name of the artist …..

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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 morning.

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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 updated.

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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 the Blue Cow is refreshing. Also off the beaten track is the art deco Karoo Hotel with opposite MagPie where local rubbish is recycled to chandeliers (Michelle and Barak Obama have some in their private chambers in the White House). Just take a turn into the village and walk and enjoy. And yes; the Tradouw Wine Cellar of the Joubert family is not to be missed either.

The picture of the postcard was made last October and as Barrydale is along the longest wine route it seemed suitable for me to add an Alessi bottle-cap.

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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).

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But there is more to it. If you look to plants or in details of plants (like stamens) you undoubtfully have associations; especially using some imagination. That makes plants such fascinating objects to picture.

Between April 2000 and July 2011 we restored and extended the historical gardens (with oldest cactus, anno 1910, of South Africa) of Soekershof in Robertson. We ended up with an outdoor collection of over 2500 different species of succulent plants including cacti; by far the largest collection of its kind in Africa. And we had to market this place against the known heavily state financed and subsidized botanical gardens like Kirstenbosch in Cape Town.

One of the slogans to attract people was “Everything you always wanted to know about ……S – E – X ….. between plants but never dared to ask

Visitors from abroad could not find the way and asked to local tourism bureau. Says the representative of this bureau: “Don’t go there. It’s all p – o – r  – n – o – g – r – a – p – h – y in that garden”.

We never complained about it; it was the best mouth-to-mouth advertisement.

P.S. I’ve used spaces and lines between 2 words in an attempt to avoid search machines to pick these and to avoid unwanted visitors of this blog and the obvious spam.

P.S. 2 I used Photoshop to move the two barrel shaped cacti 10-15 cm just for a better composition.