Beyond the Gates of Port St John’s

Beyond the Gates of Port St John's

On Tuesday morning, 24 March 2015 I woke up before sunrise and headed up the hill to the top of Mt. Thesiger at around this spot GPS: -31.603330, 29.527454 Port St John’s.

I set up my Canon South Africa camera from Orms (6D & 17-40mm L lens) and tripod in anticipation of the forthcoming sunrise. The river lodges were some 300 m or more below and could faintly see their lights through the mist or low clouds.

It was calm, peaceful and dead quiet except for the medium-size predatory birds that were circling the mountain and squawking at each other. Every so often they would fly fairly close and it was amazing to hear their wings “woof – woofing” through the air.

The view across to Mt Sullivan on the other side of the river was glorious to say the least for about three minutes or less at one point of the sunrise. The sun then “disappeared” but not completely, although there was no more golden light forcing through the somewhat thick clouds.

The accompanying photo is a panoramic-stitch of two separate photos, which takes one’s eyes in a westerly direction or so up the mighty Umzimvubu River, which I traced on a map all the way up to the Lesotho border.

The photo was originally going to be called Phillips’ View but was then changed to “Beyond the Gates of Port St John’s”. Settings F11, ISO 320 & 0.4 sec. Stitching done via LR export into PS. Outspan Inn
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Galaxy Note 4 Pano at The Gates

Galaxy Note 4 Pano at The Gates

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been” ~ Alan Alda

It’s a fairly long drive from Durban to Port St John’s but you know you are there when you take the multiple bends a few kilometres out of town and on one of the downhill slopes get your first view of the river to the left. Sadly, as you go over the river bridge out of town and head towards Durban, the view from the bridge is the last time you will see the river.

On this trip, I usually stop on the freeway at Umgababa where I purchase avocado pears and other fruit. The prices have steadily increased so I stopped on the side of the Port St John’s bridge and bought avocado pears and guavas at a steal. Their prices are too good and reasonable.

The accompanying photo surprised me somewhat as it was taken out of my LDV window when I stopped alongside the bridge railing. Although I use my Samsung note 4 mobile phone to capture the scene in pano mode, it turned out really clear compared to what I expected. The sky was a little blown out and I had to do some work on it to hopefully improve the look. PS – don’t mentioned the curved bridge wink emoticon

Can’t wait to head back there to Amapondo Backpackers for my filter coffee and prawn & calamari feast.

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Behind the Gates

Behind the Gates

“The setting of Port St Johns is possibly the most dramatic in the country and the drive from Umtata to Port St Johns is one of the best journeys on the Wild Coast. The Umzimvubu River cuts a huge gorge right to the sea where it then squeezes between the river’s edge and the red stone cliffs of the gorge. Twin mountains, the Thesiger and Sullivan, lie on either side of the river mouth like bastions and are regarded as the gates of Port St Johns” ~ SA Venues

After the great seafood feast (prawn & calamari combo with chips and salad ZAR 85.00!!) and filter coffee at Amapondo Backpackers the previous evening, it was easy to get up before sunrise the next day for this photo shoot. PS – the hot chocolate is also super at Amapondo backpackers Port St Johns.

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, 17-40mm, F11, 0.6 sec, ISO 320, 2 image pano stitch

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Port St John South Africa

 

What you think

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it” – Dale Carnegie
Durban Delights

This is my second photo from my recent visit to Durban Harbour. I prefer it to the first but can see that I have a third one which may topple the first two (holding thumbs). The “story” from the first post is included below:

“When we were youngsters, we would fish overnight and / or the entire day at Durban Yacht Mole in the harbour. When the tide was out, we would walk the sandbanks fishing off the edges. As the tide came in, we would retreat, keeping the water at waist height, until the water forced us onto the pier or green embankment.

Choice bait was white cracker shrimp, and the area in front of you now (sandbank at low tide – between Wilson’s Wharf & main yacht mole) produced some of the finest stumpnose in the bay. “Stumpies” and grunter would venture onto the sandbanks at high tide in search of cracker shrimp.

Other fish in the channels, which we often netted or caught, were “banana fish” or mullet; both tasty on fresh white bread (including the sardines you never used!!) despite what some may think.

When fishing was boring, fun could be found on the banks in the foreground of this photo (a dried reed / stick with a blob of clay on the end was a great “weapon” to sting the hell out of your mates – use stick to launch clay blob at opponent’s body at high speed).

These were the days that you safely walked kilometres from home to fish and then back again, exploring along the way. We would often explore the edge of the harbour all the way from the dry dock right up to the old north pier, on foot or on BMX (I also had a Raleigh Chopper for a few years).

There were no electronics involved, huge respect for the law and our parents (although we did transgress a little); and we knew our land well. Although Apartheid laws existed at the time and were strictly enforced, we fished with all fishermen (Poobal from the Congella Barracks was a regular as well as Ernest – our maid’s son)”.

Canon 6D, 17-40mm, ISO 100, F11, 1/13 sec shortly after sunrise for sky + another photo before sunrise shot on Bulb Mode setting 121 sec, F14, ISO 100 for land / water – Wilson’s Wharf, Durban – South Africa

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— at Wilson’s Wharf.

Howick Falls

Just after sunrise at Howick Waterfalls​ in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal​.

Canon South Africa​ 6D from Orms​ with 17-40mm. F9, 1/600 sec, ISO 640 on base image (longer exposure used for water)

Howick Falls

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The Sugar Club

Durban and Umhlanga have had a bit of rain of late. The Michael Bublè &Luisana Lopilato concert last night at Moses Mabhida Stadium was tops despite the downpour (yes, I admit, I was in a box, undercover, eating mutton curry and sipping on a whiskey).

This photo was taken a few weeks back on the beach near Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks at sunrise.

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms with 17-40mm L. F11, 1 sec, ISO 100.

The Sugar Club

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Jama Musjid

Delhi final (2 of 10)

Wikipedia: “The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Persian: مسجد-ا جہاں نما, Devanagari: मस्जिद जहान नुमा, the ‘World-reflecting Mosque’), commonly known as the Jama Masjid (Hindi: जामा मस्जिद, Urdu: جامع مسجد) of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India.[1] Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the best-known mosque in India. Construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. It lies at the beginning of the Chawri Bazar Road, a very busy central street of Old Delhi. The later name, Jama Masjid, refers to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done in a mosque, the “congregational mosque” or “jāma masjid”. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur’an written on deer skin.”