Newcastle Country Lodge

Think carefully, speak truthfully, decide correctly, talk softly, act faithfully, live honestly, work diligently, behave properly. You are bound to succeed in any walk of life. You will enjoy peace of mind and happiness. You will have a pure conscience. You will enjoy inexhaustible spiritual wealth ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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Photo taken at Newcastle Country Lodge, South Africa

F10, 1/13 sec, ISO 640 Canon South Africa 6D

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Mzimvubu Mouth

“If you can love “the grind”, the end result is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Most people get it backwards. They only love the end result and hate “the grind” and the end result of that is also pretty much a foregone conclusion. Some of the greatest questions to ask: How can you enjoy the process? How can you make it fun? How can you look forward to doing it?” ~ Brian Kim

…And that’s why my camera comes with me on long work trips¬†ūüėČ

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting John Costello of Outspan Inn. He invited me for a sunrise shoot at the Port St Johns river mouth this morning. I of course had to plan my shoot very carefully at Amapondo Backpackers¬†ūüėȬ†with a tasty chicken burger & chips plus a cold Hansa. PS: I warned John that I like orange photos ūüôā

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Canon South Africa “baby” 550D, Sigma South Africa 10-20mm, F10, 0.8 sec, ISO 100

Beach Yogis

“Most of us are in touch with our intuition whether we know it or not, but we’re usually in the habit of doubting or contradicting it so automatically that we don’t even know it has spoken.” – Shakti Gawain

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Canon South Africa 6D, 24-105mm, ISO 250, F9, 1/160 sec

Sunrise Yogis

“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being” ~ Swami Vivekananda

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Canon South Africa 6D, F9, 1/160, ISO 250, 24-105 L, speedlight (2)

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Blue Lagoon

“A glorious sunset, a beautiful flower, the delightful songs of happy birds, the silence of a moonlit night, the smile of a little child, the placid waters of a lake, wooded mountains, sweet music and devotional songs, a noble, generous act-all these elevate the mind, remind us of God and increase our faith” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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Umgeni River called me back two weeks in a row. I never rated it much but assure you there are many hidden angles.

Canon South Africa 550D, F11, 2.5 sec, ISO 100 – the lens correction tool ate up a lot of this photo.. Sigma South Africa 10-20mm

Tanya

‚ÄúSadness flies away on the wings of time‚ÄĚ ~ Jean de La Fontaine

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Today (16 August 2015) is Tanya Vermeulen De Vries‘s birthday. She is a kind caring soul who is the Mother of all Mother’s. Highly capable in the home and at work, and now resident overseas. She has had to carry the unbearable burden of an incomprehensible loss, and I sincerely hope that today and from hereon she is blessed tremendously – and will now start to reap the benefits of her goodness.

This photo was called “Another Blessing”. I made some cosmetic changes this morning and version 2 is called “Tanya”.

Canon South Africa 550D, 5 sec, ISO 100, F22 –Sigma South Africa 10-20

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South Bank Umgeni

“A strong faith meets sorrow with strength, suffering with fortitude, disappointment with optimism, loss with cheerfulness, and failure with perseverance. True, strong faith turns all situations into opportunities for progressing Godward. In it there is no such thing as failure, no such thing as disappointment” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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This morning’s mission was to take photos of flowers, and that I did later at Botanic Gardens. But before that, it was back to Umgeni River with my old entry-level camera – a great & faithful companion. I was going to make this photo a little BLUE but instead went Fanta-Ballistic ūüėČ.

Canon South Africa 550D, F16, 1/50 sec, ISO 100