Photo 101 – Natural World and Leading Lines

I’m doing things slightly backwards. I’ve already posted the day nine Photography 101 assignment and here’s day eight.

We went for a stroll through Tokai Forest and I was struck by the symmetry and uniformity of the trees and how the rows are perfectly aligned. It’s something so simple yet striking. I like the simplicity of the second picture and how it shows we all leave footprints, be it metaphorically or literally.




Photo 101 – Warmth and Quality of Light

I was roaming around my garden looking for a good subject to photograph for today’s assignment when I found this little dude on a flower. He didn’t stay for very long so I only got two shots of him but here he is:

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I was walking around the back and really liked the contrast between these three colours:

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Photography 101 – Big

This is Paternoster. The views are breathtaking and I thought this first photo demonstrated today’s Photo 101 theme – ‘Big’.


Continuing the theme of birds, when we bought our house some 12 years ago, this birdhouse came with it. Off topic: it used to have a naked mannequin tied to it. We bought the house from somewhat eccentric Russian folk and when we put in an offer, they informed us that while they were willing to part with the birdhouse, Svetlana the mannequin was going with them. We feigned disappointment and told them we’d survive. It’s become a background fixture in our garden although not many birds visit it – the cat has taken up residence in it during the day!

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Solitude – Loo with a View

My interpretation of today’s Photography 101 assignment is slightly alternative. I’m not in the habit of having toilets in my garden, except this past week. You see, we’re renovating our bathroom and I happen to have the old toilet outside in front of my yellowwood tree. Temporarily, of course.

When I read the email outlining today’s “Solitude” assignment, I gave it much thought and really, when we go to the loo, what’s the one thing we want (apart from loo paper)? Solitude! I think this might resonate with parents. I say this because when I’m with my little nieces, they have a tendency to follow me into the bathroom. There is no privacy when you have a two and three year old hanging around! Their mom has said to me on numerous occasions that going to the toilet alone has become a luxury. With this in mind, here it is, my loo with a view.




The truth is that there is a plethora of bliss-evoking sights, tastes, smells and more. Bliss can be a fleeting moment; something that’s over just as quickly as it began, or it can carry longevity. It’s impossible to pick just one image and similarly it’s impossible to share all, but here are a few. It must be said that none if these images would conjure such happy, borderline perfect memories and feelings were it not for the people I shared them with.

Ending a perfect weekend with a braai and this view in Glen Cairn. Just another Cape Town Sunday.

Ending a perfect weekend with a braai and this view in Glen Cairn. Just another Cape Town Sunday.

Surrounded by vineyards and mountains in Franschhoek on a cold and wet day.

Surrounded by vineyards and mountains in Franschhoek on a cold and wet day.

All-too-fleeting bliss, making and testing red velvet cupcakes.

All-too-fleeting bliss, making and testing red velvet cupcakes.





Every year we go to Paternoster, a sleepy fishing village on the West Coast, a mere two hours away from Cape Town, yet it feels like another world. Quaint, quiet and full of natural beauty, these views replenish the soul, invigorate the body and relax the mind. We’ve been going there for long weekends for ten years and it’s full of happy memories. We’ve shared these holidays with friends and we’ve had our own private time there, just the two of us, the majestic ocean and the seagulls. Just looking at this picture quietens my mind and makes me feel more centered; an instant reminder to breathe, step back and be more fluid at times.

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This, on the other hand, is the vertical take at a place called Langebaan, fairly close to Paternoster. The boats make it seem more inhabited yet it too is a quiet little town, an ideal place to escape to and admire the view (and mojitos!).




Streets, trees, trains and fire

Cape Town is on fire. Literally. A fire started on Sunday and is spreading. It’s about 40°C today. I can’t imagine being a firefighter in this heat, battling these fires today. Power to them. Today’s Photography 101 assignment is to photograph a street. Both of these photos were taken a couple of roads away from my house. The first is a beautiful tree-lined road; green and lush. The moment you turn 180°, you’re met with the mountain, raging, smoking and showing no signs of slowing down. I also photographed a train, as everyone gets on with their day-to-day activities as our beautiful mountain is ravaged by these flames.

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Just 180° and the greenery slowly fades as Cape Town burns.

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Home… geographically it’s Table Mountain. Every time I come back from holiday and the mountain comes into view, I know I’m home. Emotionally, hugging my husband makes me feel centered, like “aah… this is where I’m supposed to be”. In my house, I always try my very best to make guests feel at home, be they family or friends. My favourite room in my house is the kitchen. I love nothing more than cooking for people and having them gather in the kitchen, chatting and laughing and eating. I also appreciate my alone time, preparing coffee and juice in the morning when The Husband has left for work and it’s just me and my thoughts. The kitchen is my happy place, it’s where I escape for a few hours to prepare meals and challenge myself in cooking and baking. It’s where I go to forget about everything else and focus on exactly what’s in front of me. I feel a gravitational pull toward the kitchen, and this is where I feel well and truly home. This is my sanctuary.

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