Under a high solitair tree

When I took this picture this morning I was standing under a high solitair tree on a hill. That was looking for danger for a few minutes later a thunderstorm battered the area and the tree did not survive. This picture did. I’m still working on it. At the moment I made this photograph a sunbeam succeeded to find a hole in the clouds.

Sunset on the farm

Pictures shot at Stanford Harvest Saturday evening 7 February. First photograph is a portrait of artist Vivienne McOnie. The Bedford (second image) is HDR.

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Blame my handicap

I always like to play with subjects of the Weekly Photo Challenge. This time it is ‘Symmetry’.

Symmetry is mathematical and rarely in all perfectionism seen in nature. And most photographs of symmetrical subjects are boring to look at but yet when photographing there are some maths involved such as the rule of thirds or, for the more advanced photographer, the 2.78 (or equivalent thereof) rule architects use or the centuries old  lessons of Fibonacci, to name a few. Foremost is the EYE that sees (or not) and in the processing phase the more accurate mathematical calculations can come in (cropping, etc.). But you have to SEE it when shooting.

I’m Alpha not Bêta so I photograph with a handicap. If these pictures are not symmetrical enough to your liking; don’t blame me, blame my handicap 😉

These Kalanchoe leafs ….

… are always beautiful to photograph. It’s a Kalanchoe thyrsipholia originating from Madagascar and is in South Africa known under the Afrikaans name ‘Rooi Plakkie’ (‘Little red slice’).

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Heads of Medusae

The Euphorbia caput medusae originates from the fynbos area in the Western Cape, South Africa and is, according to scientists, most probably endemic to Table Mountain. The sap of this succulent plant is highly poisonous. The plant is also known as Heads of Medusae. It’s always a pleasure to photograph the flower heads.

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Red-hot-poker in-between black and white

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.

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After the rain

Some of the best garden pictures are made just after a rain shower. This certainly applies for flowers. The rain seems to contribute to the brightness of the colors. But this also depends on time and the angle towards to light source (sun). Etc. etc. These two images were shot at around 9 AM and the difference in color has all to do with the angle from which the photograph was taken.

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