Kniphofia praecox is the botanical name of this colorful plant from Southern Africa. It’s an excellent plant for the bird and bee garden. In the wild it grows in and near marshy places. I prefer close-up photographs of this plants in all grey-shades between white and black.
Hermanus in the Western Cape, South Africa attracts many tourists for whale watching. Even in season (June-December) it can happen that there are days that you hardly see any and other days it’s a joyful sight seeing them play as far as the eye reaches. Yesterday, virtually the end of season, they were very quiet but just before I went back to Stanford I could make a few shots and added together with photoshop it looks like real. And I realize now that many (commercial touristic) shots of whales nearby a beach are manipulated ….. Best is to go with one of those whale watching boats and a telelens mounted on your camera to obtain a nice close-up.