Halong Bay

It’s synonymous with Vietnam, this picture perfect wonder of towering limestone karsts rising out of emerald green waters that is not only one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Although Halong Bay was formed due to geological processes over billions of years, Vietnamese legend has it that dragons helped defend the country from would-be invaders and emeralds spilling from their mouths formed the islands that dot the bay.  “Ha LongBay  literally means the bay of the descending dragon.

It’s breathtaking even in overcast conditions and spending a night on board a junk in the Bay is a must when visiting northern Vietnam.

I couldn’t help feeling though that despite being regulated, there are too many boats in the Bay at any given time and I worry about he long-term environmental impact.  A few plastic bags and bottles floating in the water reinforced this as we moved through the waters slowly to explore a magnificent cave.

That said, life on the water is fascinating to experience, from the houseboats and fisherfolk to the floating peddlars.



The not so Blood Blue Supermoon

The rare phenomenon last seen in 1866 was visible predominantly in the northern hemisphere on Wednesday night.  By the time we went into night in Cape Town, the alignment needed for the triple lunar effect* to be experienced had passed, but it was still amazing to witness the big bold orb in the sky.



* A super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon coinciding.

Waiting for the Moon

A lone musician on the quay in Kalk Bay harbour, waiting for the Supermoon to rise over False Bay.


The Shack on the Shoreline

I’ve been fascinated by this humble fishing shack right next to the water’s edge between Glencairn and Simonstown for some time now.

What I didn’t realise when I spotted it from the road was that the southbound train from Cape Town to Simonstown runs right past, about a metre away from the actual dwelling.  I wonder if the whole place rattles like mad?


The Promise of Rain

We had some much-needed and long awaited rain this weekend.  It was nowhere near enough to make even the slightest impact on Cape Town’s horribly low dam levels, but it was very very welcome.

A few weeks back I headed out to Simonstown in the evening to photograph some fishing boats on the shoreline at sunset.

I was met with pastel skies and some whisps of moody cloud that hinted at rain …..

….. and a gorgeous Pittie called “Buddy” who was in and out of the surf even though the wind was whipping around and the water was icy.

Such simple pleasures are the real treasure 🙂


Back to the Lighthouse (again)

Slangkop Lighthouse is like a colossal magnet the way it keeps pulling me back to try and capture the perfect shot.  I should have waited until there were dramatic clouds and a blazing autumn sky to photograph, but this iconic landscape still gives me something different every time I drive there at sunset.


Seapoint as night falls

It’s a little grainy as I took the shot without a tripod in very low light conditions, but the lights of Seapoint are so amazing to see at sunset, it would be a shame not to share.  Taken from the foothills of Signal Hill.


Into the Sun

Autumn sunset off Kommetjie.  I caught the ship sailing into the glowing orb as it was about to dip below the horizon.


Slowing down time …..

Occasionally we all need to turn things down a notch or two.  To take time out to smell the flowers as it were.  Or in this case, to switch to super slow shutter speeds to catch the Kalk Bay harbour sentinels flashing simultaneously.


It isn’t as easy as it might look as the lighthouses aren’t synchronised, but in doing so, I also managed to capture my first ever “misty wave action” effect 🙂