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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Textures

I’m having fun with this week’s theme. I don’t always enter this challenge and I felt that today I had some appropriate pics.The first one is my favourite – the bark of a palm tree in the middle of the desert in Namibia.


The mirror-like texture of our beautiful sparkling pool. Taken in the evening just as the sun slipped below the horizon, the time when everything is so still, not even the bats are out yet.


The texture of a lemon from my favourite tree in our garden – the lemon tree that blesses us with organic fruit several times a year. This tree is very patient with us as often years go by without us pruning it. One side of the tree yields the rough-skinned lemon, where the other half yields the smooth-skinned lemon. Probably the very successful result of a grafting project before we bought the house.


The metallic texture of the escalators at work. I couldn’t resist this shot because I find the never-ending quality of the stairs hypnotic. It’s more of a visual thing for me, rather than a kinaesthetic one.



Entered in Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge, themed “Textures”. Click on the link to see more entries.


Things I found in the veld

The other day I went for a walk in the veld, bush actually. I found some very interesting things, not the kind of things one would normally find in the veld. The fact that they are in the middle of a camping resort construction site didn’t make it any less bizarre.

I recently bought a really nice camera, my first serious one, and I’ve been having fun, learning…my husband has nicknamed me Paparazzi because it is always with me and I snap away. I love snapping people when they are not posed, when they are at their most relaxed and natural. I love photographing children, they are such gratifying subjects.
I have yet to find a child who does not like being photographed. Cameras are such a ubiquitous part of our existence, phone cameras being the de-facto point and click devices, that most people are used to being snapped. I read that the traditional point and click market is diminishing due to mobile phones having such good cameras. And they have the added benefit of immediate sharing.
Anyway, below are the bizarre things that I found when I went for a walk in the veld.
Loos, all in a neat row, the pipes all connected. Not much privacy at the moment. These stalls are going to be very narrow!

Someone’s shoe and piece of clothing. The huge pile of hay makes for a great place to take a snooze after lunch…(yes, a snooze, not what you’re thinking!)

A cast-iron pot…! Really?

Now this had me confuddled…team-building thingy-madjig thing probably. Or target shooting…?

There’s a kudu in that picture, right in the middle, hidden by the veld, LOL! Seriously, there was, I saw him.

Photos: Sunset in Fisherman’s Wharf

I love sunsets and photograph them whenever I can. This series of pictures shows the subtle gradual changing of light of a winter sunset in San Francisco. The location is that most wonderful of places, Fisherman’s Wharf. I love San Francisco, and I loved the constant bustle of the Wharf. The evening was very still on the water, which belied the activity on the land.

Aliotto's restaurant
Restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf


Boats on the water


Boats and a sunset in San Francisco
Stillness and light


Gradual sunset
Light and stillness on the water

It was a wonderful day which gently merged into a magical evening. The smells, sights and sounds still resonate in my memory.