The towers of Napier

The church tower of Napier in South Africa is for many people less interesting than the towering San Pedro Cactus in the foreground.

Wikipedia: -The San Pedro of Echinopsis pachanoi has a long history of being used in Andean traditional medicine. Archeological studies have found evidence of use going back two thousand years, to Moche culture. Although Roman Catholic church authorities after the Spanish conquest attempted to suppress its use, this failed, as shown by the Christian element in the common name “San Pedro cactus” – Saint Peter cactus. The name is attributed to the belief that just as St Peter holds the keys to heaven, the effects of the cactus allow users to reach heaven while still on earth.-

The San Pedro Cactus contains up to 1.5% of mescaline which is a naturally occurring psychedelic.

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Mural …

… on the wall of the local pre-primary school in our village.

Earlier today I’ve been puzzled with the meaning of the word ‘CREATIVITY’. How to define this word? So I looked for it in Wikipedia and this is where the Wikipedia-authors came up with in the headlines:

Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created (such as an idea, a joke, an artistic or literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.). The ideas and concepts so conceived can then manifest themselves in any number of ways, but most often, they become something we can see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. The range of scholarly interest in creativity includes a multitude of definitions and approaches involving several disciplines;psychologycognitive scienceeducationphilosophy (particularly philosophy of science), technologytheologysociologylinguisticsbusiness studiessongwriting and economics, taking in the relationship between creativity and general intelligence, mental and neurological processes associated with creativity, the relationships between personality type and creative ability and between creativity and mental health, the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology, and the application of creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching processes”.

Can you imagine all the obstacles a photographer has to go through before he/she finally makes the perfect picture (not that this one is perfect 😉 )

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Disrespect

My official botanical name is Avonia papyracea and I’m South African by nature. I’m very insignificant, true but also beautiful if I may say so myself. I’m so insignificant that even that lot of Wikipedia is unknown with my existence but locals do if they see me; they named me ‘goose manure’….. Talking about respect … 😉

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Aviona papyracea is a very small member of the Aviona genus. Its flowers have a diameter of approx. 2-3 mm. This hdr-image is a fusion of 2 shots with my Sigma 70-300mm macro lens. Not the best lens for macro-shooting but fitting within my modest budget. Picture enhanced with a combination of Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and PhotoSuite8.