View a previous post of this area of Durban here.
View a previous post of this area of Durban here.
My most successful WordPress blog post of all time is Thai Poosam Kavady.
It was viewed 549 times and liked by 49 bloggers over a lengthy period of seven (7) months.
The photo went absolutely viral as far as my humble statistics go.
I love Durban, who has 84, 912 likes, have used it as their cover photo for five (5) consecutive days.
Since then and up until now, the photo has raked in 911 likes and 44 shares!
I am really feeling so honoured that they have used one of my photos as their profile photo and for all the likes and shares.
This really makes waking up at 05:00 in the cold of winter, so that I can get down to the beach by 05:30 to await first light, so worth it.
It makes the sitting for three hours straight sometimes trying to post-process one HDR photo feel like a holiday.
It confirms that my Canon 550D with the standard “poor” 18-55mm lens is a powerful tool.
It makes me glad I never bought a Nikon (joking 😉 ).
It makes my self-taught amateur photographer status mean something.
The post with the subject photo is due out on 23 August 2013, but it can be viewed here right now or glimpsed below.
This post is the follow-on of “Why we love Durban: The Bluff – 2“.
It has an unnamed addendum “Why Durban confuses us”.
I previously threatened to let the “photos do the talking” about this series.
However, I am scratching my brain (head) about the old Addington Children’s Hospital shown above in two of the photos.
In November 2011 a local newspaper reported: “Reconstruction of the dilapidated historic KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital is to start in January (2012) with an initial tranche of R50 million injected into the project by the provincial department of health”.
If you look at my photos (end of December 2012) above and the newspaper’s photo here (November 2011) you, like the blogger, may struggle to spot the difference the initial R50 million reconstruction has made in 11 months.
In addition, we have the “parent” hospital, a hundred metres away, also undergoing a refurbishment to the tune of R142 million and suffering problems of its own (while the patients struggle in less than favourable conditions – I visited a relative there a few weeks back).
In its day, it was a top Government Hospital – not the “Admin failure ruins health system” now reported by IOL.
While the architect’s envisioned result looks appealing, I believe that both hospitals would be better suited and positioned elsewhere.
I have a sneaking feeling that the underprivileged who use the parent hospital would have preferred something something “closer to home” in more ways than one.
I am not one to promote the rich & famous and their exclusive use areas, but having two hospitals looming over an area of spotless beachfront, that the City has refurbished a number of times in recent years, seems odd.
Both hospitals could surely have become hotels or fancy residences that would have further enhanced the area and helped its upliftment.
But what do I know, I am just a photographer and the promoters of both projects must have (should have) done their planning well and investigated all options to care for the interests of the City and its people.
This post once again features the one and only fearless (only if there’s no thunder) Otter-swimmer and Sardine & Apple & Tomato eater: Roscoe, who visits the beach; usually once a week.
He gets very hot (overheats) sometimes; especially now in his “old man” years.
A cold shower sorts the “heat” problem out.
When he is super-hot he just lies under the shower and doesn’t really want to go anywhere.
The air-conditioner (large mouth now missing 2 teeth) is usually desperately trying to cool the lazy-bones body.
If you enjoyed this you may like to see:
- A Tail of Dogs
- Small Roscoe
- Roscoe & his girlfriend
- Roscoe being “tortured”
- “Happy Rusty”
- Jackson (the snow dog)
- Good-bye Tom-dog
It’s after midnight but I couldn’t resist processing some photos I took a week or two ago. Then I got sidetracked.
Rusty looks very happy and is seen galloping across the sand. He appears to be dripping wet and some water is seen in the background of the photo.
I thought it might be a little cold in Conor’s valley (Ireland I believe) but Conor quickly assured me that Rusty’s coat is geared for this climate.
Now at about the time I was tying a return message to Conor, Roscoe, my faithful Staffordshire X-Terrier, who is recovering from a near heat stroke at the beach, saw the photo of Rusty and immediately barked out a few orders at me.
One order was “let’s get some sleep” and the other was, “but first send Rusty some photos of me at Durban Beach, South Africa where the bloody temperature was 34 degrees centigrade the other day!”
The photos below were taken with a Blackberry 9700. I tried to improve them a little with Picasa and PS.
PS – late edit to this post:
I saw Jackson (the snow dog) in the snow this morning (and quickly shutdown before Roscoe could see).
However, I will let Roscoe know that Rusty isn’t in the coldest place on earth right now.