Category Archives: Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

Change~ {Undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature}

People, it is official…I am getting older! As scary as it seems sometimes…I am changing, and my body  too!

These pics were both taken at my dear friend Jo’s parties. The one in 2012 was at her 40th, and the one below at her daughter’s 8th birthday earlier this year.

March 2012

March 2012

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Skin problems were cleverly disguised with the wonderful art on my face! Check the big pimple on my eyelid! I personally prefer the curly hair!

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The daily storm

Storm ~ {A violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning}

The storm brings mixed emotions to my door. Customary to the Joburg summer weather, the morning fetches sunshine and within hours the sky turns black. The darkness sometimes brings feelings of sadness and maybe a hint of depression. If I had any doubt in my mind, the thunder and lightning reminds me that there is a God…a powerful being behind all of creation, the ultimate reason why I exist.

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the storm is coming…(taken in Kuilsriver in 2008)

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Get ready

The trees sway in the wind as the rain pours down…it sometimes gets violent.  Hurriedly I close the windows…and immediately my late Grandma Ryce’s words come to mind: “The Lord speaks to us through the storm. Sit still and listen.” She was wise. She understood authority and surrendered her life to Him long ago. Her life speaks of honor and the fact that she passed at the ripe age of 101 this year, is a testimony to His Word. What is He trying to say to me through this storm? The daily storm is a reminder of His greatness. It is also a reminder of His daily grace. Just as the rain brings life to the parched ground, His grace is to me. As I turned a year older this week, I believe I have become wiser and as I sit still and listen, joy overtakes me and I am grateful all over again.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: In the background

Background ~ {The part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground}

Garden Route Holiday 102

This picture reminds me of a picturesque scene from a Norwegian Harbour.  However, it is of a local harbour…Mosselbay.

Garden Route Holiday 104

Makes me itchy to travel!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

Dreaming ~ {A series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep} ; {Imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake}

I immediately thought of these pics when I saw this week’s challenge.  One of my favourite places I have visited thus far is Churchhaven in the West Coast park, Langebaan.  Leaves me dreaming about it all over again…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement

Movement ~ {A natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something} ; {A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end}

Ice skating

Swooosh…Gautrain passing

Festive lights

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

Today ~ {The day that includes the present moment (as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow)}

I love taking pictures of the sun.  Today I took this beautiful sunset when coming home from a project in Harties, Northwest Province.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

Better late than never!  Last week’s photo challenge:

Summer ~ {the warmest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox}

Where I’m from in Paarl, temperatures soar on average in summer at 39/40 degrees Celsius daily. However for some reason I am beginning to love winter more.  Could be because we have such lovely winters here in Jozi, Gauteng.

These pics depict nostalgia to me.  I took them in Ancona, Italy.

It reminds me of summer times in Cape Town, especially Muizenberg.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Blue ~ {Of the colour intermediate between green and violet; having a colour similar to that of a clear unclouded sky}

One of my absolute favourites things to photograph is the sky, specifically clouds:

Blue sky – Paarl, Western Cape

Kleinmond, Overberg, Western Cape

Rockhaven Farm, Grootwinterhoek, Porterville, Western Cape

Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Driving home, Jozi

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unfocused

Unfocused ~ {(of an image) not being in or brought into focus} ; {Not concentrated at one point or upon one objective}

About 2 weeks ago I was privileged to do an urban hike through Jozi CBD.  Wow…I promise I haven’t had time to edit my 400+ photo’s of this amazing day! I promise to write about it!  Below are some pics I took that are accidentally out of focus.

This one below is my favourite. I took it early morning before the hike started while we drove into the city.  I love how the layers of window, the camera, the building and graffiti create a textured effect.

Unfocused layering

This one was taken at the Johannesburg Art Gallery.  It is a artwork of prayers made of suspended felt animals.

Unfocused felt prayers

Hotel lobby

This one was taken at the 12 Decades Hotel, in the Maboneng Precinct, in JHB East.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Together ~ {In contact with each other or in proximity}

Today was a great day.  Together with a group of fellow Joburgers we did an urban hike through the city. I cannot remember when last I was this overwhelmed and excited about something.  The city has a wealth of history.  I cannot wait to write about the day…watch this space.

Together, forever

Shadows together

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey

Journey ~ {The act of travelling from one place to another}

The journey by car

Driving through Sedgefield, Garden Route, South Africa

Journey by ship

Travelling by ferry from Dover, England to Calais, France.

Flying by plane

En-route to my home, Cape Town

Travelling by train

Travelling with the Gautrain, Johannesburg.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Arranged ~ {Disposed or placed in a particular kind of order}

Nature has an unexpected level of order and organisation.  We see it in the “V” when birds migrate over the skies, and when ants march in a row.

This picture was taken in Addo National Elephant park.

Elephants in a row

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Urban stop @ graffiti

Graffiti ~ {A rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls}

Today we went to church as per usual. After hearing a Spirit-filled Word we headed home. Then we ran into car trouble. We pulled over and rested under one of the bridges on Hendrik Potgieter Road and at first I was highly irritated at this inconvenience.  I wondered why would I let myself get upset after such a life-changing Word was just preached to me?  Then I decided to relax and just take in what this experience had to offer.

Graffiti on the walls

Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.[1] Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire.[2] In modern times, paint, particularly spray paint, and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime. Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop musicb-boying, and other elements.[3] Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities. Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials/law enforcement and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested, reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graffiti)

Some homeless people actually sleep under this bridge at night.  This brief 30-minute stop made me realise how ungrateful I can be sometimes.

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My latest fad…lampposts

Lamppost ~ {A metal post supporting an outdoor lamp, such as a streetlight}

 

 

Most of these pics were taken while on holiday.  You have to look really hard to find some old ones.  Some of them taken while a passenger in the car.  If you have any pics of lampposts please send them!!

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