Category Archives: idyllic landscape

Seven Days of Black & White Photos

The seven-day black & white photo challenge is doing the rounds on Facebook, and I took up the challenge. If you haven’t come across it yet, it is about posting a photo of your life each day for seven days. No photos of people. No commentary. Challenge someone new each day.

Day 1, a spring leaf…

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 2, spinach growing in our garden. I planted it last summer and it survived the winter. Tender bright green leaves are growing again.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 3, I submitted my social entrepreneurship assignment, on time!

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Day 4 I was in Cape Town. Don’t you just love how neatly the luggage trolleys stack into each other?

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Day 5, book order arrived. I ordered it months ago and had given up on it when it arrived! Relieved and glad.

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Day 6, shopping at the mall. It’s located on a high and is a beautiful vantage point over the valley.

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Day 7, today, and the first cup of coffee I posted. Americano with cold milk. It’s so easy for me to post a cup of coffee! I held out until day 7.

©2017 Regina Martins

Did you also enter the FB challenge? Post a link to your blog post telling us all about it in the comments below.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter H – Happy

These photos make me happy, especially seeing the mountain from this side of Table Bay. I never tire of looking at Table Mountain, one of the natural wonders of the world.

Famed for its strong winds, on this day, Cape Town didn’t disappoint. The kite-surfers were blissfully happy as the wind carried them high over the waves, fast.

The poor seagulls were being tossed around a bit. Many of them just sat down on the ground, infinitely safer than being swept away. Those brave enough to fly didn’t have to do much work, as the wind carried them effortlessly. As to whether they were blown where they wanted to go, well, that’s another thing altogether. Sitting down, well, that proved to be the safest bet altogether.

Enjoy the slide-show I’ve put together for you.

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Entered in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Go here to check out more happy pics.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D – 4 letters words that start with D

Not your ordinary photo challenge, Cee Fun Photo Challenge is going through the alphabet. This week we’re asked to post photos the subject of which starts with the letter D and is 4 letters in length. As Cee says:

You can always use adjectives and adverbs with a specific topic just make sure you give us the word that fits the requirements of this challenge.  Feel free to use your native language as your inspiration for this challenge, just please give us the word in your language and the english translation.  Use your imagination for this theme.  The thing is to have a lot of fun with this challenge.

This week we have dawn, dusk and door.

Wintry Durban dawn:

Wintry Durban dawn
©2017 Regina Martins

I love these doors with so much unique character in Lisbon:

A door in Bairro Alto, Lisbon
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A door in Alfama, Lisbon
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And now for the pics I seem to take the most of – dusk…

Mediterranean dusk
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Highveld dusk
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Another Highveld dusk
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To enter this challenge, click here.

 

Hippos’ Daily Sightings Of People

Patience is required…

Look, can you see them…?
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Waiting for a sighting of hippos
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…to sight one of these river horses, better known as a hippopotamus or better yet, a whole herd of them – they wallow in the shallows with their feet rooted in the mud of the bottom of the lake.

He was this close…
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People waiting to see hippos, and hippos waiting to see people – boatloads of them!

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture

Texture – a simple word that describes complex human experience. Note: artistic or writer’s license has been liberally used in the crafting of this post.

The visual , the look of something, its characteristic, like smooth water.

©2017 Regina Martins

The auditory – the sound of something, like a piece of music, how music feels to the ear – melodious, heavy or discordant, like the sounds of waves crashing on the beach and the elevated voices of people playing in the surf.

©2017 Regina Martins

The kinaesthetic – how something feels like when you run your hand over the surface, like stroking the soft fur of a cat or walking over rough rocks.

©2017 Regina Martins

The olfactory – how something smells like the floral or exotic texture of a perfume and the smell of the African bush.

©2017 Regina Martins

The gustatory – rubbery oysters, a silky créme caramel or a crunchy cookie.

Entered in Cee’s Black & White photo challenge with the theme of Texture.