River View

“The sun will come out tomorrow
Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow
There’ll be sun

Just thinkin’ about tomorrow
Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow
’til there’s none

When I’m stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely
I just stick up my chin and grin and say, oh

The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
’til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow
You’re always a day away!” ~ Annie – Tomorrow Lyrics 1982

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Baby Canon South Africa 550D, Sigma South Africa 10-20mm, F10, 1/50 sec, ISO 100 (base image); my last shot of this series for now wink emoticon

Blended with Raya Pro by Jimmy Mcintyre

Credit to John Costello Photography for pointing out this shot (go check out his lovely work) at the mouth of the Umzimvubu river, Port St John’s

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Magic

I’ve always said this of Port St Johns and now found a quote that is quite relevant.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ~ Roald Dahl

I’ve always thought the river mouth at Port St Johns was dirty and disgusting. It took a local (go look at his amazing work here: John Costello Photography) to believe a little.

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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

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“Again the Ghost sped on, above the black and heaving sea — on, on — until, being far away, as he told Scrooge, from any shore, they lighted on a ship. They stood beside the helmsman at the wheel, the look-out in the bow, the officers who had the watch; dark, ghostly figures in their several stations; but every man among them hummed a Christmas tune, or had a Christmas thought, or spoke below his breath to his companion of some bygone Christmas Day, with homeward hopes belonging to it. And every man on board, waking or sleeping, good or bad, had had a kinder word for another on that day than on any day in the year; and had shared to some extent in its festivities; and had remembered those he cared for at a distance, and had known that they delighted to remember him.” ~ Charles Dickens

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I was a little late getting to Amapondo Backpackers / Amapondo IBackpackers for a sundowner last week as I stopped up the road towards Mthatha to take some snaps. The people, goats and cars were all homeward bound.

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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)

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At Port St Johns River Lodge

Andy on Mt. Thesiger

Andy on Mt. Thesiger

Just to recap: On Tuesday morning, 24 March 2015 I woke up before sunrise and headed alone up the hill to the top of Mt. Thesiger (Port St John’s – South Africa) at around this spot GPS: -31.603330, 29.527454. I spent the night before having a scrumptious seafood feast and filter coffee plus hot chocolate at @amapondobackers. I was photofit!

I set up my Canon South Africa camera (6D & Canon EF 17–40mm lens) and tripod in anticipation of the forthcoming sunrise. The river lodges were some 300 m or more below and I 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 self-shot image using the camera’s 10 second timer.

If I’m looking a little tense and you wonder why I wasn’t doing some classic pose / holding a flashlight, then wonder no more. I sprinted 15 metres across rocks to get to my posing position, all the while trying not to trip and end up 300 metres down to the left. The “woof-woofing” birds flying around me were big enough for me to suspect they might be brave enough to try pecking my eyes out while I’m alive! Community of Port St Johns, Wild Coast

Settings F11, ISO 320 & 1/8 sec (-2 exp. comp.)

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