Never Give Up

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“Never ever give up; be strong, very strong” – Margaret Harvard

My mother Margaret shared a load of wisdom with me over the years and what she said above was stated more fiercely in her last few months of living.

“Mom, all your effort with me over the years is still paying off; I made it into the Saturday newspaper with a few photos Lol 🙂 ;). I love you lots, thank you” ~ Andy

Moyo Pier


Beverly Hills Hotel – Umhlanga

My photo, the signature image on the front of The Beverly Hills 2015 brochure.

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A really happy moment for me: goal set and then achieved

The Beverly Hills.

Isipingo River Mouth

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Ann Landers

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I scouted Isipingo river mouth in the week and returned this morning before sunrise. The fishermen were already out and about and some had been on the beach since the previous night. A couple unknowingly (I think) posed for photos to the left of the photo while the sun shot pre-sunrise rays up and outwards. Worshippers, Hindu and Christian, were soon on the beach to the left preparing offerings and praying. A glorious start to the day!

— at Isipingo Beach River Mouth

Town Hill – Pietermaritzburg

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Good morning Pietermaritzburg as seen from the top of Town Hill.

I’ve wanted to take this shot for at least a year now and even loaded the exact GPS co-ords to enable a stop in a safe place in amongst the trucks grunting past. On Thursday morning I eventually made the stop, having driven past so many times (aborted missions), and found that my co-ords did not give me the view I wanted. I walked a little but did not want to go down the steep bank or become truck mince meat. The lack of basic clouds and mist also made for a pretty plain scene, but what the heck – I took the shot! No time for tripods and fancy stuff; handheld – vertical images stitched. Additional work needed to recover blown out highlights, but I got my shot! 

Canon 550D, 50mm 1.8, F7.1, 1/125 sec, ISO 400
The TIF file is a killer at 2.54 GB!