27 October 2011

Skywatch Friday - Cotton Clouds

Solitude in the Karoo

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25 October 2011

Karoo - Got to love this place

The Grootwinterhoek Mountains near Klipfontein, with the Cockscomb Mountain shrouded in mist. This has become one of my favourite places on the planet. It is also one of the few areas of the Karoo that has not been earmarked for fracking. If you are interested in preserving the Karoo and have not already done so,  please sign the online petition in the side bar.

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22 October 2011

Rush hour traffic - Addo style

Sometimes when you get caught up in traffic, it is best to be patient and wait.

20 October 2011

Skywatch Friday - Karoo morning

Whether you say windmill or windpump, it makes a good foreground for the sunrise.

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16 October 2011

A time for refreshing

We have just spent a delightful weekend in the Karoo and come away feeling totally refreshed, but still wanting to spend more time enjoying its vastness, solitude and tranquility. Where we go has no access to cell phones or the internet, but those things aren't even a consideration for us out there. It is a harsh and rugged part of the world, with its own charm and beauty and when it gets into your system it grows on you and you just want to be able to spend more time out there, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

13 October 2011

Skywatch Friday - Misty Morning

A misty morning at St Georges Park, with the sun just beginning to break through the clouds.

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12 October 2011

Night shoot

Last night I wandered around Central after the opening of an art exhibition at arTEC taking a few pictures on the way. It was what I call a "hit and run" photography session. With no one to watch my back I set my camera on ISO 1600 and proceeded to shoot away and then move on.

The arTEC building mural has become a must see feature in Central. One day I will photograph it in the day light.

The Donkin, with Anton Momberg's Conversation Piece in the foreground.

The Feather Market Hall was built in the days when ostrich feathers were used in high fashion, rather than as feather dusters.

09 October 2011

A cool morning at the beach

The sun might not be shining, but that does not mean the ardent beach goers stay at home.

06 October 2011

Skywatch Friday - Sky or aloes?

I thought these aloe striata did a nice job of enhancing the bit of sky that is visible. This scene was taken in the Karoo, at the base of the Grootwinterhoek Mountains.

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04 October 2011

Political expediency vs what is right

Can political expediency ever take precedence over what is right and just?

The failure of the government to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to enter the country, it is a poor indictment on the ruling party, as they have once again ridden rough shod over the democratic values and principles set out in our constitution and in so doing has raised the ire of a large section of population.

And of course they do not like the heat that this has generated, but then if they want to make unpopular decisions they must face the consequences. At this late stage any spin that the goverment places on their decision will have absolutely no credibility.

The Dalai Lama was invited to the country to attend the 80th birthday celebrations of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a friend and fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner. Why should that be a problem?

This refusal has understandably sparked a reaction from the Archbishop who was quoted by News24 as saying, " We will pray, as we prayed for downfall of [the] apartheid government, we will pray for [the] downfall of a government that misrepresents us."

"People were opposed to injustice and oppression and people believe that we South Africans would be on the side of those who are oppressed. Tibet is being oppressed.
People who supported us in our struggle... those people are weeping. They are saying South Africa, it can't be. Our government, representing me, says it will not support Tibetans who are being oppressed viciously by the Chinese. May I just remind you - the minister of international relations and co-operation [Maite Nkoana-Mashabane] two years ago said the Dalai Lama can come anytime. She was being very, very, economical with the truth or she didn’t know her work.”

The Archbishop is to be commended for his stand in support of a man of peace whose country has been brutally oppressed.

02 October 2011

Life with Suzie - Who comes up with these things

When you live with a colourful and unpredictable person there is only one certainty and that is, always be prepared to expect the unexpected. The problem is that you can never anticipate the unexpected and believe me the unexpected comes in many guises.

So, was I surprised to see Suzie's car sporting a set of eye lashes..........no. That's the sort of thing that will appeal to her sense of fun and of course my reaction to driving her car.

The car also looks happy, but I think I may just have to organise some eye shadow and lipstick to complete the ensemble.