Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Last Sunset of 2014

I was hoping for a spectacular send-off-sunset for 2014 complete with flame oranges, dramatic golds and cerise coral pinks stretching across the entire sky!!  But no! it was fairly windy and quiet out there alongside the road in the Cradle of Humankind outside Johannesburg apart from the odd passing car. We waited hoping that the sun would drop through the bank of thick cloud on the horizon but that there would be some gaps for it to wave it's last goodbyes, but sadly no.  We moved to another favorite spot and found this water puddle from the recent rains and just maybe... it's final wave was reflected there..
Canon 5D Mk11.  Canon 24-105mm L.  Canon 100-400mm L.

The Fairest Valley of them All

The Hex River Valley must surely be one of the most beautiful valleys on earth.  If you catch the light 'just right' whether it be late morning (as above) or late afternoon when the mountains glow orange from the setting sun, it is breathtaking!!  This humble valley is also well renowned for it's top-class wine and hundreds of thousands of bottles are produced each year. We have passed this way many, many times over the years but each time it seems to be more beautiful from the last offering up just that little bit extra...
Canon 5D Mk11.  Canon 100-400mm L.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy Day

Happy New Year!  Fuji X-Pro1, Zeiss 32mm f1.8

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The day before Christmas (1828)

Derrick / Fuji X-Pro1 / 60mm f2.4

Looking out across the veld

Derrick / Fuji X-Pro1 / 14mm f2.8

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Towards the Far Horizon

Bloemhof Dam, Free State / Derrick / Fuji X-Pro1 / 14mm f2.8

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Which one do you like?

Jan Smuts Dam in the suburb of Benoni, Johannesburg.
Canon 5D Mk11.  Canon 28-80mm L.


On the 29 June, our dry and dusty winter was interrupted with rolls of thunder and the odd flash of lightning one Sunday afternoon.  This is totally out of character for us as normally our first rains are only due towards the end of September.  It saw pedestrians looking for bridges to shelter under, and in the suburbs residents hurriedly gathering in the washing off the line and rushing to get the soft comfortable patio furniture under cover as soon as possible as it just came down without much warning.
Canon 5D Mk 11.  Canon 100-400mm L

There's still dust in the country

Just to get out of the city we took a drive one winter's afternoon and ended up in the Skeerpoort area.  We took a right onto a dirt road and never passed a car, then while we had stopped to take the first couple of pictures above a huge truck roared past us.  There wasn't a breath of wind so it took a while to clear leaving us immersed in a dream-like state of watching the locals carrying on as if nothing had happened!
Canon 5D Mk11.  Canon 100-400mm L.

Winter's Blue

Canon 5D Mk11.  Canon 100-400mm L.