The Road to Soofie Bhaijaan Darbaar – Sherwood 45th Cutting

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“Likeable leaders understand their knowledge and expertise are critical to the success of everyone who follows them. Therefore, they regularly connect with people to share their substance (as opposed to superficial small talk). Likeable leaders don’t puff themselves up or pretend to be something they’re not, because they don’t have to. They have substance, and they share it with their people” ~ Gary Pike via Jim Rohn with permission

Another sunset photo of my favourite mosque

Canon G3X. F5. ISO 125. 1/100 sec & 1/1600 sec. Tripod. Manual. RAW.


Sunset at Soofie Bhaijaan Darbaar – Sherwood 45th Cutting

Web Preparedsalam (Large)“We’ve all worked for someone who constantly holds something back, whether it’s knowledge or resources. They act as if they’re afraid you’ll outshine them if they give you access to everything you need to do your job. Likeable leaders are unfailingly generous with whom they know, what they know and the resources they have. They want you to do well more than anything else because they understand this is their job as a leader and because they’re confident enough to never worry that your success might make them look bad. In fact, they believe that your success is their success.” ~ Gary Pike with permission Jim Rohn
This is my favourite mosque and it really comes alive when decorated with added lights and flags. I drive past the mosque quite often and it always draws a steady stare. There’s a lovely aura in the near vicinity as well.
Canon G3X. F5.6. ISO 320. 1/400 sec. Tripod. Manual. RAW. Sunset Friday 15 July 2016

Tranquility Bay

Good Morning (afternoon) Durban!

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“Likeable leaders inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say integrity is important to them, but likeable leaders walk their talk by demonstrating integrity every day. Even a leader who oozes charm won’t be likeable if that charm isn’t backed by a solid foundation of integrity” ~ Gary Pike via Jim Rohn with permission

I went down to the Durban Yacht Mole before sunrise to get some Head of the Bay photos at Durban Rowing Club. Nola and Sean didn’t seem to be there so I missed out on a bacon / egg roll.

The Canon G3X camera with a 1″ sensor and 25X zoom snapped off over 150 photos, mostly of the sunrise which was OK but much better after sunrise for nearly an hour (a lesson in patience and assumptions: do not judge shooting conditions until it’s time to shoot). There were also no clouds before sunrise but the clouds moved in very quickly with the rising sun.

Canon G3X. Manual. Tripod. RAW. ISO640, 1/200 sec, F11.


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This is one of my favourites and is also my most successful Flickr photo. Of course I had to post it again 🙂


“Sadness flies away on the wings of time” ~ Jean de La Fontaine
Today 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


This is probably the most respectable photo that I have taken for a friend. I drove past this morning just after sunrise and looked left. Threw an immediate u-turn and fired a hand held shot with my Canon G3X at ISO 125, F 4, 1/400 sec.

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Nirun Dowlath Shah AKA Nirun Dowlath Photography I’m sure you know exactly where this little creek is 😉

Isipingo Beach, KwaZulu-Natal Isipingo Beach, KwaZulu-Natal Island-Hotel Isipingo Beach Isipingo Island Hotel.

Good Morning Durban!

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“No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to listen to him play the same music.

Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. underground station, was organised by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.

The experiment raised a number of questions most notably: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made… How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

Whilst the phrase Carpe Diem is a useful reminder to live each day fully, it’s not very practical since you can’t actually seize the day. What you can seize, however, is the moment. Life is a series of moments, and it’s the quality of each moment which determines the quality of our lives.

The revered psychologist Abraham Maslow said that each moment presents an opportunity, where we can either step forward into growth, or step back into safety. Whatever we decide to do with each moment, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever” ~ Sunil Bali

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Beverly Poolside Mornings

I’ve had this photo waiting in the wings for what feels like ages. A lot of work went into it so it’s time to show. I took a few others at the same time and removed the pool cleaner. I’ve left him in this photo as he is part and parcel of the hotel; just as important as the GM. Don’t believe me? See how many guests will take to a green smelly pool 😉

“Avoiding something, draws it ever near. Defending yourself can become a full time job. And worrying about things that might never happen increases their chances of happening. Yet still, you are 10,000 times more likely to laugh than cry, be healthy than sick, live rich than poor, have friends than be alone. That’s the kind of momentum you’ve garnered through countless lifetimes of love. That’s the kind of power you long ago learned to master. And, quite frankly, those were the odds you negotiated. You’re just another part of me” ~ The Universe

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Perchance he for whom this bell tolls

“Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that.
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No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” ~ John Donne (1572-1631)
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Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris
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