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Durban All in One

Good Day Durban!

I took a short stroll on the beach this morning at sunrise before work. It was not long before I was accosted by Prakash and Dave who were a little curious about my new Canon G3X “point & shoot” 😉.

Dave is a die-hard Canon man but Prakash tends to stray between Nikon, Fuji and some camera clubs 🙂.

We chatted to one of the boat crew who told us of very few fish and the ones that were caught were small, but lots of sewerage / waste being dumped from or out the harbour.

There was also mention of Chinese trawlers poaching in our waters. Everyone did their little bit to best try explain or guess why there are no fish when there should be.

It was then off to start the work day.

I was also told a tit-bit of information that reinforced the theory that times of extreme hardship in our lives can actually turn out to be huge blessings in disguise.

It obviously doesn’t feel like it at the time; it feels like living hell!

Yes, five years, or perhaps even shorter or longer, is a long time to wait but the benefits can be well worth it.

And yes the pain is unbearable at times, but again I say it can be well worth it.

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Canon G3X, F5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 125, manual, handheld, RAW, +/- 200m North of Moyo on the Pier

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Durban Bay

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The accompanying photo was taken on the grass embankment at Wilson’s Wharf Durban looking east towards the Royal Natal Yacht Club over the sand bank, which gets exposed at low tide. At low tide, and especially at sunrise, the exposed sand bank becomes a playground for pigeons and people; whether it be fishermen looking for cracker shrimps, fishing off the edge of the bank into the deep channel or young children running after crabs who are scurrying along the muddy surface. At high tide it is a known fact two most fishermen who have fished this area that Grunter and Stumpnose venture onto the covered sandbank to dig in the mud for cracker shrimp. Shoals of Mullet also swim lazily around away from the deep channel’s seeking some measure of safety. As a young lad, this area of Durban Bay was our playground. If we were not fishing or getting up to some other naughty tricks, then we were digging out clay from some of the banks and placing blobs on sticks to then launch missiles at each other.

Shad Fever

Sunil Bali: “When you get a small stone in your shoe, how quickly do you remove it?
I suspect you take off your shoe fairly quickly? Similarly, when you’re caught in the rain, you quickly put up your umbrella or get out of the rain. From the day we’re born we’re programmed to change anything we find uncomfortable: babies cry when they need to be winded, are hungry or need their nappy changing. But when it comes to our work and the workplace, we’re more likely to grimace and bear it. Why? More often than not, because we might fail or get rejected if we stay true to our conviction and take authentic action to disrupt the status quo. But it’s when authenticity and enthusiasm ooze from your every pore, that you become attractive and attract all the people and resources you need to succeed. When asked what’s the best piece of advice he’s ever given to his children, Roald Dahl replied, “Its so important to be an enthusiast in life. Above all become passionate. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” When it comes to their work, the likes of Branson, Buffet and Gates haven’t compromised. They’ve remained engrossed, bubbling with energy and enthusiasm. Criticism and failure have caused no more than a ripple in their teacup. And talking of tea, cakes with artificial cream, toast with artificial butter, plastic flowers, plastic people ….. Life’s too short.”

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It was Shad (Elf – fish) fever down at Umgeni River Mouth this morning. I wasn’t sure where to go shoot at 05:30 and then thought that I hadn’t shot this location a lot so off to Umgeni it was. There were no clouds until just after sunrise when S-Westerly I think started pumping and made it a little interesting (just in the nick of time).

Canon South Africa 6D, 24-105mm, F11, 1/160, ISO 640

5 Star Durban SA-People – for South Africans in South Africa and expats

— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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“Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. The City of Durban is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveler there is a warm African flavor that will capture your heart forever” ~ Durban Experience.

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India 2014: Leopold Love & Fort Cochin Sunset

The photo below was taken inside Leopold Café during one of the many nights that we spent their sipping on ice cold beer and eating warm curry or derivatives thereof.

The photo is named Leopold Love but I cannot honestly say that the couple sitting together glued to their mobile phones were or are an item. For all I know they could be friends, relatives or who knows what.

The couple are seen sitting at one of the downstairs tables where it gets a little hot at times even though the fans above are flying at high speed. The restaurant does have an upstairs section which is air-conditioned that to the extent that one might possibly be able to chill some beers.

“Leopold Café is a large and popular restaurant and bar on Colaba Causeway, in the Colaba area of Mumbai, India, located across from the Colaba Police station. The cafe was also mentioned extensively in the novel Shantaram. The cafe was an early site of gunfire and grenade explosions during the 2008 Mumbai attacks by terrorists. The restaurant was extensively damaged during the attacks. Gunmen sprayed the restaurant with bullets and there were blood stains on the floor and shoes left by fleeing customers. Sourav Mishra, a Reuters reporter and one of the first media witnesses of the attack, suffered severe bullet injuries. The cafe reopened four days after the attack, but was reclosed by the police as a safety measure after two hours because of the unexpected size of crowds gathering there.” ~ Wikipedia

If you have not been to the Leopold Café, then due two things right off each other in this order. Firstly, read the novel Shantaram written by Gregory David Roberts, and secondly, go pass a good few hours inside the cafe sipping on your favourite drink and eating the lovely food.

As of 01 March 2015, I’m busy on chapter 3 of Shantaram; happily reading this long thick interesting book for the second time.

Leopold Love

At the time of starting to work on the photo(s) below I was simultaneously “grumbling” about photographing sunsets and sunrises in India and how “hard” it is. Unlike in South Africa where you usually get a splendid fifteen minute or so warning in the sky that the sun is about to rise, in India the sun seemed to often rise without warning and only appear out of the haze once a few “centimetres” above the horizon. This is that same point it often disappeared at sunset before sinking below the horizon. Back home the sun can sink out of sight and below the horizon and then throw beautiful light back onto the clouds above.

Cochin Harbour

The photo(s) below was / were taken at Fort Cochin, Kerala at sunset and it was one of those lucky late afternoons where I got some action in the sky. A Chinese fishing net, rummaging dog, courting couples, hunting crows and boat entering the harbour complement the sinking sun.

Crow Playground

Fort Cochin is where we found Patrick and Mary of Heavenly Homestay, who really made us feel at home and exuded much love, respect and goodwill. It was the best place I have stayed in during three trips to India.

Heavenly Homestay address: 11/639, Machenzie Garden Road, Pattalam, Thamaraparambu, Kochi, Kerala 682001, India. Phone: +91 98470 33818.

Sunset Fort Cochin

To end off the section, I will include three further photos below showing the crows, one of the dogs and a ship entering the harbour. The one photo is called Crow Playground as they were a hell of a lot of crows flying and jumping around. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before and will surely same mention again: the crows in India are very healthy birds.

The other photo is called Sunset Stroll and shows some of the people, who gather at the waterfront to exercise, socialise and or just watch the sun go down. Fort Cochin could be described as the cutest little town I have discovered this far in India.

Sunset Stroll

God’s Own Country ~ Kerala

Kerala

This photo was taken on a trip to Kerala, India about two years ago. I pulled it out the archives to psych myself up for our trip to India in December 2014.

In a few days I will start the posts relating to my most recent trip.

Canon 50mm 1.8 for landscapes

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Pot shot fun at uShaka with the Canon South Africa F1.8 – 50mm lens from Orms on my Canon 6D body at F1.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 640 in 5 Star Durban at uShaka Beach