Moyo Autumn

I have been trying to inspire Mark of MarkBooysen WildlifePhotography, who uses a cropped frame Canon South Africa camera, to purchase the Sigma South Africa 10 – 20 lens for his landscape work. I have shown him a few photographs but am not sure if he is really settled on the potential new lens. I therefore hauled out a raw image from October 2013, and worked on it. I’m hoping this last photo will convince Mark and also any others who are thinking of getting rid of the faithful 550’s. Mark, are you going to Orms right now? 🙂

Moyo Autumn

Canon 550D, Sigma 10-20, 30 sec, F22, ISO 100

At Moyo’s Ushaka Durban South Africa


Queen Mary 2

I’ve never been one to rush down to the harbour to see a ship arriving or leaving but this was an opportunity not to be missed (PS – I could also then miss gym!).

I burnt up an 8GB memory card before leaving and will be looking for some other photos / angles to work on.

A majestic sight!

— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.


— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

I Survived

“I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me. Waging war against good people is bad for the soul. This may not seem important to you now, but it’s the most important thing I’ve said. In a world filled with misery and uncertainty, it is a great comfort to know that, in the end, there is light in the darkness.” ~ Joshua Graham

The accompanying photo “I Survived” (with proof that there is light in the darkness 😉 ) was posted earlier than intended after I saw the JG quote last night (09 April 2015) on clarity.advising on Instagram.

Also, two friends especially enjoyed the JG and Lenny K quotes so I found one more apt JG quote, which I placed above and have included my all-time fave below:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

I Survived

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, 17-40mm L, F11, 6 sec, ISO 50

3 April 2015, 06:04, Point Yacht Club

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Pigeon Playground

“Don’t give up, You’re gonna see tomorrow. That you’ll be on your feet again. Sometimes the world’s gonna knock you over. But you will see who you are your friends. Come on, stand, up again. Come on, stand,
Stand, you’re gonna run again. Your faith and patience will be your soldiers. To guide you through your troubled times. Just put one foot in front of the other. The battles are inside your mind. You have the power to face your demons. No matter how they go on time. And rid yourself of your fear and weakness. So you can start to live your life. COME ON! stand, up again. Come on, stand, Stand, you’re gonna run again. COME ON! stand, up again. Come on, stand, Stand, you’re gonna run again. Pick up your will. And put on your face. If you need to, just take my hand. It’s time to demonstrate, don’t hesitate. Just get up and say: Yes, I can. Stand, up again. Come on, stand, Stand, you’re gonna run again. Stand, up again. Come on, stand, Stand, you’re gonna run again.” – Lenny Kravitz

Pigeon Playground

Sail Away

Good morning Durban!

“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning…. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” – Marion Woodman

One way to nourish your soul is to get up early, at least an hour before the sun, and watch the day break; slowly, methodically, gracefully. Photography isn’t just about the photo for me, it’s about the preparation before the shoot, the meditation while shooting, and the artistic licence you give yourself while shaping the end product in your digital darkroom.

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F16, 1/250 sec, ISO 640 – Durban Royal Natal Yacht Club: Sunday 5 April 2015, taken off marina pier – “Sail Away”

Celebrate Durban! I Love Durban 5 Star Durban I Like Durban
‪#‎sunrise‬ ‪#‎landscape‬ ‪#‎seascape‬ ‪#‎daybreak‬ ‪#‎durban‬ ‪#‎ilovedurban‬ ‪#‎031durbz‬‪#‎031mycity‬ ‪#‎mycity‬ ‪#‎canon‬ ‪#‎canonsouthafrica‬ ‪#‎ethekwini‬ ‪#‎mycity031‬

Sail Away

Lazy Days

Lazy Days

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources” ~ Albert Einstein

I had a good old chuckle when I saw this quote a few minutes ago; how true it is! 🙂 (well for me at least).

This is the last of my Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks photos for now and the only one where I went out of my way to try engineer a different look. It’s called “Lazy Days”.

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F10, 1/1250 sec, ISO 320.

Celebrate Durban! I Love Durban 5 Star Durban
My Ballito ( Umhlanga – The FunShine Coast Tsogo Sun
#ilovedurban #durban #ethekwini #sunrise#beverlyhillshotel #beverlyhillshotelumhlanga #tsogo#tsogosun #lazydays #seascape #landscape

The Beverly Hills – South Africa

Memories of a lighthouse

Lighthouse Memories_V4

“Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, created in 2000, which includes the greater Durban area. Commonly and erroneously pronounced (by residents and visitors alike) as Umshlanga (the correct pronunciation of “hl” in Umhlanga is similar to the Welsh “ll”), the name means “place of reeds” in isiZulu.

Umhlanga is named after the Ohlanga River, which reaches the Indian Ocean three kilometres north of the town.

The Oyster Box, a luxury hotel since the 1930s, was originally built as a beach cottage in 1869, before the town had even been founded.

In 1895, Sir Marshall Campbell founded Umhlanga. The town’s first hotel was established in 1920, followed by a shop, a lighthouse, the Natal Anti Shark Measures Board (today called the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board) and further hotel developments.[2][3]

The Borough of Umhlanga was formed in 1972 through the merger[citation needed] of Umhlanga Rocks, a seaside resort town, and the suburb of La Lucia.

In the 1980s, development expanded inland.[2]

Umhlanga, specifically the former sugarcane fields of Umhlanga Ridge, has become the focus of development in the greater Durban area with many businesses relocating offices from central Durban (similarly to Sandton forming the new centre of Johannesburg), a move that has been criticized for “fragmenting the urban fabric” and furthering “the new apartheid” in Durban.[2] In 2010, Durban International Airport was moved to La Mercy, near Umhlanga, and reopened as King Shaka International Airport.” ~ Wikipedia

The Beverly Hills Hotel looks down onto the lighthouse and it a 5 Star Tsogo Sun establishment.


Waking in heaven

Waking in Heaven

“Newcastle is the third-largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with a total population of 363,236 citizens as of the 2011 census. 56,144 of these citizens reside in Newcastle West, whilst the balance of the population reside in the townships of Madadeni and Osizweni, which form Newcastle East. Newcastle is located in the north west corner of the province along the Ncandu River and is one of the country’s main industrial centers, encompassing four industrial zones. Newcastle covers an area of approximately 222 km2 (86 sq mi) and has a population growth rate of 0.87%, ranking the Newcastle area as South Africa’s tenth-largest city.

The upper part of the Drakensberg mountain range curls around the city. The N11 is the principal road running through the city with the R34 being the alternate route. Major roadworks are being undertaken on both routes with the N11 bypass set for realignment south of Newcastle.

Newcastle is the seat of the local municipality by the same name as well as being the seat to the Amajuba District Municipality.

The city started as Post Halt Two on the journey between Durban (then Port Natal in Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek)[4] and Johannesburg. The city was strategically placed in 1854 by the Surveyor General of the Natal Colony, Dr PC Sutherland. It was later known as the Waterfall River Township because of the Ncandu River. In 1864, the town of Newcastle was founded on the site, becoming the fourth settlement to be established in Natal after Durban, Weenen and Pietermaritzburg. Newcastle was named after the British Colonial Secretary, the Duke of Newcastle. In 1876, Fort Amiel was constructed to ward off the Zulus. In 1873 Newcastle became a separate electoral division.[5] To commemorate Queen Victoria‘s Diamond (60th) Jubilee the construction of a sandstone town hall started in 1897, and was completed two years later. The town was used as a depot by the British during both the First and Second Boer War. Newcastle functioned as a major transport junction and popular stopover for wagons and post chaises during the late 19th century.

British preparation work for the Pretoria Convention of 1881 was done at Newcastle.[6]

In 1890, the first train arrived in Newcastle, and the town was declared a borough in 1891. The discovery of coal brought a new era of prosperity and several ambitious building projects were planned” ~ Wikipedia