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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On the road to Swellendam

Swellendam in South Africa is known as an historical town but except for a small part (museum area) it does not really look like it. But it does have a history and a mindset of ‘independance’ culminating in a declaration act a few hundred years ago. About 700 houses are only occupied for a few weeks to one month per year an are mainly owned by fortunate Belgians and some other European nationals. We went there (since 2 years) to visit ‘Boer Bart’ (Farmer Bart) from Holland who likes to have a few weeks of sunshine during the European Winter. Anyway we hit the road early in the morning and most pictures below are made through the windscreen and windows of our car while driving.

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The Stanford Lagoon

The lagoon near our village is a true birdwatchers paradise with over 100 bird species in and around. It’s also a haven for peddlers and other manual ‘propelled’ craft. Hiking trails and diverse accommodation to suit individual needs and budgets. For the quality minded traveller on a road trip in South Africa and willing to experience the ‘true South Africa’, >100km beyond Cape Town, our village and surrounds surely has something unique to offer. I love it! A photographer’s paradise!!!

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Steel nerves

Shot along coast in Gansbaai, South Africa. For people traveling off-the-beaten-track: From Hermanus/Stanford turn right into ‘Die Kelders’. Follow this road until there is a sign (=right) to a National Park. On this road first turn left. This is a dead-end road with parking at the end. Take the path towards the ocean and enjoy. Also historical caves. For the local people it’s the free entrance to the park (entrance fee of Cape Nature Conservation is a rip off because of missing and neglected/dangerous infrastructure such as stairs and pathways to beach and caves). This ‘freeway’ is a very safe one with stunning views of surroundings and small (chameleons, birds, etc) and big (whales/sharks/dolphins) wildlife._DSC2523nr2WEB

The Bull

With the pictures I took last week Friday, and published on this blog and the other, I did a little bit of photoshopping. I took for both pics my car, the road, the horizon and a bull as main elements. For the color imaginary I also borrowed a beach boy from Hermanus. It’s all about proportions but I upscaled the bull in the B&W image on purpose. This mighty thoroughbred philandering bull has so much offspring that even South African president Jacob Zuma should have respect for this majestic animal (no offence Mr. President)…

 

Oh… uh…; Thanks for the unknown reader who added this blog to Blogdash.

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Early morning landscapes

Love to make pictures with sunset and sunrise. Last week Friday morning I went with the bearing in mind that everybody was still asleep. In the village yes but outside in the rural part of Stanford farmers and their workers begin their day as soon as the first light appear at the horizon. It was a bit drizzling at the acres where they just harvested but that gave some of the pictures an extra dimension. Did not have to use Photoshop for colour adjustments except for changing one picture into B&W and some ‘cutting edge technology’…… All pictures made with my Sony A77 VQ camera and I only used the Sigma 70-300 zoom. I adjusted the camera to landscape photography.

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