Cremorne Sunrise

“Be a lamp to those who have lost their way. Be a doctor and nurse to ailing patients. Be a boat and bridge to those who want to reach the other shore of peace and happiness. Remove sorrow by means of kind and loving words. Make a man smile when he is in despair. Cheer him up when he is afflicted” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

Cremorne Sunrise (Large)

This one was taken on the same morning that my LDV would not start and I could not get up to the top of the mountain. I ended up on the banks of the mighty Umzimvubu at Port St Johns River Lodge. Cremorne Holiday Resort is seen in the background, Spottedgrunterresort Port St Johns is to my left and Outspan Inn a few clicks down the river to my right.

Canon South Africa 6D, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F9, 2.5 sec, ISO 50

Port St Johns Tourism Rotary Club of Port St Johns Community of Port St Johns, Wild Coast Cremorne Estate, Port St Johns Amapondo backpackers Port St Johns 5 Star Durban Celebrate Durban!

South Bank PSJ (Port St John’s)

“Great kings and emperors are reduced to dust. Scientists and philosophers disappear. Athletes and sportsmen come and go. Memory and intelligence fade away. Youth and beauty, fame and possessions, power and pelf disappear. Mountains crumble. O man, this world is illusory. Seek God and enjoy eternal bliss” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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Port St Johns river mouth – Umzimvubu River

Baby Canon South Africa 550D, Sigma South Africa 10-20mm, F10, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

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 😉

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 😉 with a tasty chicken burger & chips plus a cold Hansa. PS: I warned John that I like orange photos 🙂

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

Gap Rise

“In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages.” – Swami Brahmanada

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It was “just another sunrise at 2nd Beach Port St Johns“. A few late night party chaps stopped for a while in their car to shoot selfies, two crayfish salesmen walked past, the receding tide crashed medium waves into the rocks where I was and at The Gap; otherwise the beach was empty and still. Nearby, across the road behind me, Amapondo Backpackers / Amapondo IBackpackers was still asleep.

Canon South Africa 6D, 17-40mm, F11, 2.5, ISO 320

— at Port St John

Magical Umzimvubu

Sometimes, not too often, I really battle to process a photo. The one below has been through about four attempts and I cannot get a look to it that satisfies me. But I refuse to toss it. What I am happy with is that I took it before sunrise at Port St John’s River Lodge after my LDV would not start: better than not shooting at all. It shows Cremorne Estate, Port St Johnsacross the Umzimvubu River. The area has a magical feel especially when you are on the mountain high above the river. There was light cloud, mist, hot air or who knows what rising from the one peak on this morning; that is visible. There are some big sharks in this river; not hearsay, I nearly caught one a few years back – something is moving in that water! (I removed the luminous eyes wink emoticon)

Magical Umzimvubu (Large)

At Port St Johns River Lodge

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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