Johannesburg experienced extreme thunderstorms this week. A flash flood ripped through the east of the city, flooding one of the major freeways during peak hour traffic.
Cars washed away, people drowned and ordinary South Africans came together to help each other out of dangerous situations. There was untold damage to buildings and factories along its path.
In another part of the city the ground washed away bringing down the boundary wall of the Johannesburg Zoo. All the animals were safe though. And none escape so the inhabitants of the area were safe too 🙂
I took these photos from the 12th floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Sandton where I was at the time on a training course. Taken from behind windows and through the glass of the lift-shaft.
It was a beautiful day…
Then the storm approached…
I saw that the storm was an ugly one, but didn’t know then how severe its impact was. With the difference in light you can see the reflection of the light fitting in the room.
I love photographing natural phenomena like storms and sunsets. I am not a professional grade photographer nor do I have professional grade equipment. I take loads of photos. Out of all those photos a handful will be stunning, for me. There is a certain pride, “Did I capture that? Wow!” I especially love capturing the progression of sunsets and storms and then seeing them in sequence, moving very fast, like a stop-frame movie.
A few years back I spent a lot of time in Namibia. It is such an amazing country. The colours of Namibia is what I remember the best. The raw naturalness of the landscape. No matter where one is, nature is right there. It is beautiful, and dangerous, a land of extremes.
Windhoek is boiling in summer, and freezing at night in winter. It is a small city by comparison. It is a charming city, its architecture a mix of German and colonial. It is a city is built on hilly terrain. The Hosea Kutako International Airport is located 50 kms away from the city because it is the closest strip of flat land where a runway could be built.
The road to the airport is a good well maintained road, well marked and sign-posted. It is a beautiful drive. From the centre of Windhoek it takes about 30 minutes to get there. There are passing lanes in case of slow traffic. If one is lucky, game can be seen on the side of the road. The recommendation is to stick to the speed limit (it’s a respectable 120 kms per hour) in case of needing to brake suddenly to make way for crossing animals.
This post’s photo was taken atop a koppie in the western suburbs of Windhoek. I used to love driving to the highest points in Windhoek to see how many storms I could see in a 360 degree radius. It was amazing to see 4, sometimes 5 storms in the distance. Sometimes they moved over the city. Sometimes they didn’t.
This particular storm moved in right over where we were. There was thunder and lightning. We stayed until the rain started, then rushed down the track to the car. It was exhilarating.
I haven’t been back for 4 years and I miss Namibia. Hopefully I will make it there this year.
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