Goodnight Durban

“If there’s something you want in life, go and grab it with two hands and don’t let it go. Chances are, if you don’t take it, someone else will be more than happy to” – Unknown

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F14, 26 sec. ISO 100 Canon 6D.

Single RAW used to create three different exposures. Blended with Raya Pro by Jimmy Mcintyre; a super-easy natural blending panel for PS, read more at: http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate-digital-blending-workflow-panel-for-photoshop/ — in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Wat Arun Temple of Dawn at sunset

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Wiki: “Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun (Thai pronunciation: [wát ʔarun], “Temple of Dawn”) is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna,[1] often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence.[2] Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II. A Buddhist temple had existed at the site of Wat Arun since the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was then known as Wat Makok, after the village of Bang Makok in which it was situated. (Makok is the Thai name for the Spondias pinnata plant) According to the historian Prince Damrong Rajanubhab, the temple was shown in French maps during the reign of King Narai (1656–1688). The temple was renamed Wat Chaeng by King Taksin when he established his new capital of Thonburi near the temple, following the fall of Ayutthaya.[3] It is believed that Taksin vowed to restore the temple after passing it at dawn. The temple enshrined the Emerald Buddha image before it was transferred to Wat Phra Kaew on the river’s eastern bank in 1785.[4] The temple was located in grounds of the royal palace during Taksin’s reign, before his successor, Rama I, moved the palace to the other side of the river.[2] It was abandoned, for a long period of time, until Rama II, who restored the temple and extended the pagoda to 70m.[2]”

Canon 6D, F11, 2 sec, ISO 320, small Joby tripod

Wat Arun Bangkok

Harbour Lights

“It isn’t easy at first, but one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who makes your heart soar is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace. Even trickier is discovering that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give someone who gets on your nerves is the freedom to learn their own lessons, at their own pace. And perhaps most challenging of all is understanding that one of the greatest gifts you could ever give yourself is the realization that your heart soaring and your nerves fraying have never been dependent upon other people and their lessons” ~ The Universe

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Various in Durban

“Those who have even a little control over their thoughts and speech will have a calm, serene, charming face and sweet voice. Their eyes will be lustrous. Our thoughts, emotions and words create vibrations in every cell of the body and leave an impression there. So raise the right thought and lead a happy life” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

It’s a cloudy and windy day in Durban. It might even be cold but I’m not venturing out right now to see for myself. Instead, I’m going to processsome photos and learn at least one new Photoshop skill. Before I get into that, I needed to have a little cleanup of the litter on my desktop.. photos I’ve worked on but not posted (one or two might have appeared before but I’ve lost track). All photos were taken in and around Durban.

Golden Mile - Copy (Large) I Pray - Copy (Large) Into the Night - COPY (Large) La Vue - Copy (Large) Madevu - Copy (Large) Morning Golden Mile - Copy (Large) Pigeon Parking - Copy (Large) Pray then Play - Copy (Large) Smith Street - Copy (Large) Wilson's Rise - Copy (Large) Wilson's Wharf - Copy (Large) Yacht Sunrise - Copy (Large)

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 😉.

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

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