It’s amazing to experience the ever changing colors of natural lights. In the few previous posts I already mentioned it. Also this serie of images were taken at the nearby Stanford River Lodge and these too are taken within a time frame of approximately 45 minutes and without photoshopping except for some cropping and the copyright lines. The Scene Selector of my Sony A77 was adjusted to ‘sunset/dusk’ which adds some extra ‘twilight color’. I chose for for this setting just to add some color to the pictures and to emphasize the changes.
Yesterday I published some trial pictures of the sunrise at the Stanford River Lodge. While shooting I also clicked in between some reflections in the river.
And yesterday evening I discovered that this blog has 200 followers and I’m also aware that the last weeks the number of weekly new followers is increasing…. Number 200 is a promising young photographer/artist. Promising….?… well … stunning pics!!!!
Most of the pictures I shoot are from either our garden or our direct surroundings. Recently we met John and Valda of the nearby Stanford River Lodge and they were very supportive towards the photo-maniac I am. I already knew that the lodge is situated at a prime spot for photographers, bird-watchers and people who can enjoy natural silence. I really enjoyed it this morning and I will go back many times; starting with a sunset. This morning was just a trial but very much worthwhile. During the next days you’ll see more images taken from and nearby the jetty in the river.
The published pictures are all in chronological order. The Scene Selector of my camera was adjusted to dusk/dawn. No additional photoshopping except cropping and adding the copyright lines. It just shows the influence of (sun) light on the different pictures. Images shot within a time frame of approximately 45 minutes.
Last week I submitted 3 posts about the grape harvest, the grape processing and, the most interesting part, the wine tasting. All pictures were shot at Springfontein Winery in our village Stanford, South Africa. The vineyards are located in a unique setting between lagoon and ocean. The terroir is sandy with lime scales (if we understood it correctly) and it’s an excellent underground for the South African grape varieties Pinotage and Chenin Blanc.
Anyway I made an impression (imaginary) of a day in the vineyard. Thanks to wonderful owners, management and other staff. I (and my wife Yvonne) really enjoyed your great hospitality!!!
A bit funny …. Yvonne is wearing Tsonga shoes for several years now and many South Africans make remarks as if these shoes are made in Europe. If she tells them that Tsonga is a South African product they won’t believe it. Negative self-reflection does not contribute to nation building. Buying locally made does!
The sandals she’s wearing (approx. 100 days per year) in the picture are 3 yrs old and are far from ‘wearing out’.
Our village is one of those rural places in South Africa without any tourist traps. That alone makes it an intriguing place for the curious, exploration minded, traveler. And if you are one of those sheep following the mainstream … well we’re fine with it but, please, do visit all those famous attractions. Here we move (or not) in rural pace and take our time for it. A paddle in the Klein Rivier which flows over in one of the most amazing lagoons in this part of the world; watch birds (there are a few hundred different species); take a hike to one of the numerous waterfalls; ride one horseback through the vineyards or in the ‘veld’; enjoy the majestic views all around; chilling a sunset (and for the early birds the sunrise); have lunch or dinner out- or indoors or take a picnic where-ever; enjoy a wine tasting; read a book; etc. etc. Just enjoy Quality of Village Life.
It’s sometimes quite busy with people wondering around in my park along the Klein Rivier in Stanford, South Africa. Only a few notice my beauty. I got terrible struck by a devastating lightning some years ago and since than a little bit disabled but still there is some life in me. But it’s so demotivating to hear some people say every now and than that I have to be removed. Seemingly unaware that I represent the power of nature.
This week I had two posts about the grape harvest and the grape processing at Springfontein Winery. I promised to keep the tasting ‘in the barrel’. Well …. tasting is something personal for everybody has his/hers own taste buds. The majority of overseas tourists in South Africa choose for tastings at cellars of which the wines are commonly known in the supermarkets abroad. And also most South Africans go mainstream. If you are as stubborn as I am go for a surprise. Who has ever heard of Reynecke in Stellenbosch? Sumsare in Robertson? Or Veenwouden in Drakenstein? And have you, until my first post about this subject, ever heard of Springfontein?
If you like the wine of an ‘unknown’ cellar just buy a bottle for a special occasion at home. If you can buy these ‘collectors items’ in Europe or where-ever you live you probably pay a fortune. The average price of South African mainstream wines in the mainland of Europe is, for whatever reason, 20 to 30% cheaper than at the cellar. Sounds strange but is true!
But also from a visual point of view the ‘unknown’ cellars can surprise you. See here the tasting room of Springfontein reflected…