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Umgeni River

As night falls over the Umgeni River near the mouth. The lights of the M4 North reflect down on the area near where the Duzi Canoe Race usually ends. The Indian Ocean lies just over the bridge. This area to the right is known as Blue Lagoon.

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Canon 550D camera; my sturdy old friend on a tripod for 10 sec, F14, ISO 400 – exposure reduced in LR. Taken at 18h15 on 20 April 2016. Sunset was at 17h31.

First Bridge

“The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn” ~ David Russell

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In my youth we would often fish on this river (Umgeni River Mouth / Blue Lagoon Durban). We named our locations by the bridges’ numerical order from the sea heading inland – this is 1st bridge just before the mouth.

Canon South Africa “Baby” 550D, Sigma South Africa 10-20mm – F16, 1/3 sec, ISO 100

Blue Lagoon

“A glorious sunset, a beautiful flower, the delightful songs of happy birds, the silence of a moonlit night, the smile of a little child, the placid waters of a lake, wooded mountains, sweet music and devotional songs, a noble, generous act-all these elevate the mind, remind us of God and increase our faith” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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Umgeni River called me back two weeks in a row. I never rated it much but assure you there are many hidden angles.

Canon South Africa 550D, F11, 2.5 sec, ISO 100 – the lens correction tool ate up a lot of this photo.. Sigma South Africa 10-20mm

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

Colour of Thoughts

Thoughts also have colour. For instance, a loving thought has a yellow colour. A thought charged with anger and hatred is of a dark red colour. A selfish thought has a brown colour. Sages see these colours in the aura of a person and thus come to clearly know his mind and character.

—Sri Swami Sivananda

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Umgeni Sunrise

“We all know hanging out with the right people is crucial to your growth.

The exchange of ideas, the networking opportunities, the opportunities to help.

Those all contribute to your growth but there’s also this invisible transfer of energy
that goes on as well.

Energy that continues to linger on within you after you meet with these people.

Energy that inspires you to do, to move, to push forward.

It’s something you can’t get on your own.

It’s something only a group made up of the right people can do for you” ~ Brian Kim

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