The trick that did it.

Last Sunday I had difficulties in photographing a chameleon nearby the beach in Die Kelders between Stanford and Gansbaai. Only when I put my camera in the bag the little creeper came out of his hiding. Whenever I opened the bag it rushed to its hiding in the rocks. That repeated a few times until I did as if I was putting my camera in the bag. After it realized that the camera is a harmless instrument the chameleon posed patiently provided I did not come too close. Beautiful creature! Locally people call this chameleon ‘Bloukopmannetjie’ (‘Little Blue Head Man’) and you find them all over. These are shy animals and will only come nearby (but not too) if you sit still for a while. The portraits are made with a Sigma 70-300 mm macro lens fully zoomed in.

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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

Review of 2012 in 1 picture

This year’s review of ours can be summarized in this picture of the last full moon in 2012: We feel ourselves very privileged to live in this wonderful village in South Africa. After 11 years of hard pioneering work in an harsh environment in Robertson (125 km from here) it’s such a delight to experience a year and a half long sabbatical with such a magnificent view on the edge of Stanford. Thanks also to all the new friends we made over here. You are wonderful! Let’s go on in 2013 and beyond!

2013 Will be the year that Yvonne and I are starting to generate some income again. Me with photography (amongst others: online posters of imaginaries) and Yvonne with unique handcrafted jewelry made of natural bonded earth, sterling silver and swarovsky crystals. We don’t have to but ‘Idleness is the parent of vice’ as the old English expression learns us.

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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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Chilling on a hot Summer evening

Metamorphoto of JZ from KZN.

No offense Mr. President!  If we would have exposed the genitals of your ‘alter ego’  you would suffer an acute inferiority complex. But you may have respect for this champion bull for his offspring is numerous….

 

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Happy Birthday card

I maintain 3 Facebook pages; there is the Green Cathedral of South Africa; the second one is Stanford, South Africa and there is one of me and my wife Yvonne which is the personal page. Via our personal page we see every day who of our FB-friends celebrate their birthdays and than we send a birthday card to their page. All flowers and rocks are from our own garden. The wine barrels are ‘borrowed’ from the Robert Stanford Estate and the church tower and telecom tower are from somewhere in our village.

Here it is (BTW next posting will be Monday or Tuesday) and you are this time free to download for your own use.

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A slightly modified vineyard

This is the original picture:

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It’s the vineyard of Sir Robert Stanford Estate in our village but adding a few elements such as in the top the neighbouring Weltevreden Estate, two gates (at the right) and local people (left and right bottom) gives the original image more ‘vuma’.

Well … that’s what I think….

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'Watching Angels' and 'Guardian Angels'

Both imaginaries are inspired by this recent blog posting.  The first, ‘Watching Angels’ is the pre-amble of the second ‘Guardian Angels’ and does not need any comment. On first sight I’m very fond of ‘Guardian Angels’, partly because of the symbols here and there in this imaginary, i.e. the dove as symbol for ‘peace’ and ‘Holy Spirit’ and the stork for new life to mention a few. On my way to the photo session with the angels I passed a fully neglected cemetery. Fully, not entirely for only one ‘poor man’s grave’ is regularly foreseen with fresh flowers… Respect for burial places is something I’m born with and to honour the past what else could I do than passing the message to the angels?

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‘Watching Angels’ and ‘Guardian Angels’

Both imaginaries are inspired by this recent blog posting.  The first, ‘Watching Angels’ is the pre-amble of the second ‘Guardian Angels’ and does not need any comment. On first sight I’m very fond of ‘Guardian Angels’, partly because of the symbols here and there in this imaginary, i.e. the dove as symbol for ‘peace’ and ‘Holy Spirit’ and the stork for new life to mention a few. On my way to the photo session with the angels I passed a fully neglected cemetery. Fully, not entirely for only one ‘poor man’s grave’ is regularly foreseen with fresh flowers… Respect for burial places is something I’m born with and to honour the past what else could I do than passing the message to the angels?

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