‘Black and Bleak’; a week after

I’m not an ambulance chaser and neither do I chase police cars and fire-brigades although I’m very much aware that this would enable me to make sensational disaster action pictures. I just waited this time for a week after a devastating fire destroyed 20,000 hectare natural fynbos between Hermanus and our village (Stanford) in the Western Cape, South Africa. This morning I drove to and from Hermanus and took some pictures.

It’s black and bleak.

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'Black and Bleak'; a week after

I’m not an ambulance chaser and neither do I chase police cars and fire-brigades although I’m very much aware that this would enable me to make sensational disaster action pictures. I just waited this time for a week after a devastating fire destroyed 20,000 hectare natural fynbos between Hermanus and our village (Stanford) in the Western Cape, South Africa. This morning I drove to and from Hermanus and took some pictures.

It’s black and bleak.

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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

Colored Earth

There are, so it seems, quite a few places around the globe with a wide variety of colored soils. This village is one of those. You can do a lot with soil (except photographing it) but one of the things my wife Yvonne is presently undertaking and the beginning is very promising. She found a way of binding and fixating soil particles in a natural way with plant material. She shapes it and combined with sterling silver and Swarovsky gems a new range of jewelry is since recently for sale in The Little Gem in Hermanus. This trial she needs for marketing purposes. This kind of jewelry is new and there is no market reference. The Little Gem attracts people of all nationalities and walks of life which makes it an excellent place for this trial. Besides this all are the owners of this shop very knowledgable. Until so far we learned that South Africans are not interested (seemingly) in products made in their own country but people from overseas seems to love it. In 4 to 6 months Yvonne hopes to have a good impression of the market and can she start with online sales via different channels.

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