African potato

… in flower. This is a bulb plant. Traditional medicin men/women (sangomas) in Southern Africa use it for a variety of healing purposes.

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Pictures from the square yard 17: Thandi; Flower

The Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt made a living by observing from his ‘own’ chair and table on a terrace in Amsterdam. He wrote about objects he saw, about people and interaction between them, the sky, the weather and so on. And his stories never became boring; he could even write five or six pages about lightning a sigaret; between taking a match and the first inhale of smoke…

I became inspired by this when sitting on two terraces; one in Somerset-West (Store Cafe) and at the terrace of Thandi in Elgin. I made a selection of 20 images (10 of each venue). Each serie I begin the  gate and you may make your own story. My story is in each individual picture.

To provide this serie with an own signature I added HDR-toning to each picture.

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The fragrance of POTpourri …

And the smell goes on…..

Flower tasting is like wine tasting. A bottle can have an attractive label and the wine-maker an appealing story. Etc., etc. That does not mean that the wine is good although many will say so because of the ‘packaging’. Same with flowers. There are beautiful flowers but the ‘fragrance’ is horrible and seemingly less beautiful flowers spread a wonderful scent; a Feast for the senses._DSC4365web

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Portrait of a Fero Cactus

Good Morning! At last, after so many years, I succeeded in producing a flower. I’m a Fero Cactus and my ancestors originate from Mexico. They also name me Fish Hook Cactus and if you look closely you know why.

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