Good Night Durban!

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Canon G3X, F 5, 1/60 sec, ISO 125, handheld, RAW, 29-07-2016

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Rise of the Moon at Koh Yao Yai

“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

As the moon rises and appears in Durban tonight so it rises too on the island of Koh Yao Yai near Phuket Thailand. I think back in wonder about our amazing trip earlier this year and all that it took to get there. Also being blessed to spend and share that journey with an amazing human soul. The sunrises and sunsets (in photo) were breathtakingly serene on this island.

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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Fort Cochin

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“India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms them.” ~ William Dalrymple, White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India

The dusty, tarred and paved alleys / roads of Fort Cochin especially in and closer to the old town / harbour entrance can be explored at a leisurely pace for hours on end. On my first visit I ended up getting lost and walking with a heavy backpack for an extra few kilometres. Some great little snack bars and restaurants can be found in this area, which is mostly alcohol free (I did find one official bar doing limited sales). Late afternoon through the road network ending with an ice-cream is a must-do. Morning walks are also great and present some lovely photo opportunities with golden rays striking through the alleys and trees. Think… relaxing lazy days, market buzz in the distance, dogs napping nearby, the odd fly buzzing around and crows waiting for a titbit: I love India! Further along the dusty, tarred and paved alleys / roads of Fort Cochin is the promenade where people gather at the waterfront to exercise, socialise and or just watch the sun go down. I said earlier that Fort Cochin could be described as the cutest little town I have discovered this far in India; it’s maybe also the most “innocent”. The photo below is of two bicycles parked off while their owners watch the sun slowly go down. A gent is seen reading in the background with two passers-by heading along the dusty sand pathway.

Canon South Africa 6D, F4, 1/250 sec, ISO 320

Grey Goose Sunset

“The Grey Goose which is situated at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains, offers a sense of tranquillity and promises your stay to be a home away from home, come enjoy your stay with us whether its work or play we guarantee to give you the stay you will remember. We are proud to be one of the few places in Newcastle to offer a variety of fun activities that you will enjoy without having to leave Grey Goose. Our activities include fishing, horse-riding, breath taking game drives, picnic walks, exhilarating helicopter flips and a two day hike up the Northern Drakensberg mountains” ~ www.greygoose.co.za/

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Ideal for weddings to get some amazing sunset shots after the church / ashram and before the drinks start flowing

F11, 6 sec, ISO 640 Canon South Africa 6D, 24-105mm

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