A ride with The River Rat

Our village is known for its bird population; a few hundred species nestling here. Most of them along the river. Three boat companies touring people around during sunrise and sunset. This morning I went with The River Rat. The others are The African Queen and Platana.

But I did not photograph birds; just making a few shots of the water plus of the village from down under. Photographing from the water provides photographers with a different perspective…

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The Lost People

If people (especially the ones from outside the African Continent) are talking about South Africa the conversation is ‘Black’ and ‘White’. But what about the in-between South Africans? These are, with one foot in ancient tradition and the other in contemporary (white) society; the ‘Lost People’.

The ‘Coloreds’ have their own world embedded between vague tradition and misty modern world. Distrusted by both ‘Black’ and ‘White’ they have to find their own way in a ‘dark forest’.

It’s a dangerous world out there or is it here?


Thanks to all …

… as this blog just passed the 20000 visits mark. That is excluding the bloggers who read my submissions via the WordPress Reader.

Most of the visits are traced back to the Americas (>50%), South Africa and neighboring countries account for approx. 20 percent as does Europe. The rest is from where-ever!

Thank you all!

As Dutch (especially in South Africa) always say it with flowers here is a symbolic one for you all and it originates from the area I live in (Overberg region, Western Cape, South Africa):


Early this morning in the informal settlement

One could surely say that an informal settlement is a kind of eco village. What you see is shacks build of used materials. Old poles, corrugated steel, driftwood, cardboard, old doors … you name it. And the wall paper …. old magazines, newspapers, etc.

It’s a harsh life. No electricity or sanitation in the shacks but outside there are the municipal light poles, some communal water taps and here and there a toilet (with and without a pot). When it’s dark people light there candles and oil lamps. Cooking is outside on a camp fire or inside on a paraffin stove.

This morning I was there photographing a few kids on their way to school for an assignment of the NGO Food4Thought that is involved (for 10 yrs now) in the pre-primary school Funimfundo which is also located in this settlement. I took the opportunity (with consent) of picturing the children in their beds and their getting up and breakfasting at candle light; toothbrushing outside at a tap by one of the parents plus some general shots.

In a later stage I’ll come back with some daylight shots.

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There is no difference in the water….

Took this picture last Sunday at the Southern Most Tip of the African Continent. Except for this monument and a beautiful lighthouse (see one of the previous postings) there is not much to see in Cape Agulhas. But for hikers … well, that’s different; an 5.5 km stroll in a nature reserve!