Autumn Sunrise

This is the reward for waking up early at this time of the year to photograph the sunrise across False Bay on a Sunday morning 🙂

Not a breath of wind near the yacht basin in Simonstown either, where the pastel hues of pink and blue and lilac reflected on the wet shoreline.  #blissfulSundays

Sahara Sunrise

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I took over 1000 photos during a recent trip to Morocco, but if I had to chose only one favourite, it would be this shot taken at sunrise in the Sahara Desert.

For me photography isn’t only about skills and good cameras, but also about being in the right place at the right time.  This particular capture is the payoff for sleeping cold in a humble tent during the coldest Moroccan winter in a decade with the wind lashing the tent entrance throughout the night.  I had woken before most of the camp to photograph the sun coming up in the dunes when this small train of camels appeared out of nowhere and crossed my path.

This is what photography is all about 🙂

Fish Hoek Mornings

Fish Hoek is a much loved seaside village famous for its family-friendly beach, lifesavers, early morning swimmers and trek net fishermen.  It’s often referred to as the largest retirement village in the world.  It’s a great place to be at daybreak, especially in high season before that holidaymakers arrive with everything bar the kitchen sink.

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A Day in the Life: Blouberg Beach

Daybreak and the iconic Mother City landmark looms larger than life, wherever you are in Blouberg.  In the foothills of the mountain, the city lights still twinkle like amber glitter as people walk the beach.

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Kitesurfers come and go all day.  Some stay until the light fades completely.

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Other locals like Professor Leonard with his boundless energy stick to the sand.

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Some are a little more sedate, while in the distance container ships wait to enter Cape Town Harbour.

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Nature’s treasures abound.

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As the end of the day draws to a close, pastel colours form the backdrop to the gardens of the landmark Dolphin Beach Hotel.

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Paradise and Heaven: Taleni and Outjo Bäckerei

Having left Etosha with a heavy heart and dashed dreams (I composed hundreds of brilliant wildlife photos in my head in the weeks running up to our trip!!!), it was hard to imagine that anything could make up for feeling a little blue. Paradise, however, was not far away at Taleni Etosha Village, our overnight stop just outside the park’s Andersson Gate.813

The tented camp is a clever blend of camping and luxury and was one of the best night’s sleep on the entire trip.  The whole experience was awesome, from the chilled welcome drink and friendly smiles, to showering outdoors under the stars in a simple stick boma.  Even the temporary power outage throughout the camp couldn’t dampen our spirits.  We slept with the tent flaps open – the only thing between us and the elements was a mosquito screen and even when it rained in the early morning hours we kept the flaps open and revelled in the sound of the rain falling on the tent roof.  That’s exactly how we woke the next morning, witnessing the glorious sunrise from our beds through a mosquito screen, as the birdlife around us came to life.Taleni tented camp

Outdoor shower

Undoubtedly the most amazing shower I have ever had lay behind those simple poles – liberating and rejuvenating all in one.

This yellow-billed hornbill watched us unpack from a tree nearby.  In the early morning I spotted it and its’ mate in another tree not far away, feasting on insects.  If you look carefully you’ll see an insect in its’ beak.yellow billed hornbill

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The sunrise was a myriad of colours bleeding into each other.red velvet mite

A red velvet mite, known in Namibia as red rain spiders.

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One very hectic spider web and below, the famed Mopane tree.Mopane leaves

Heaven followed our stay at Taleni in the most unlikely of places – a bakery in the tiny town of Outjo.  The Getaway Guide to Namibia had recommeded it for light meals and the food was absolutely delicious. Outjo Bäckeri is one of Namibia’s best kept secrets – which is why we stocked up on mouthwatering apple tart and bread rolls to snack on later.

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Brunch – delicious very German wiener schnitzel with fluffy potato salad, while my brother-in-law and nephew settled for a late breakfast.  We’re still talking about this meal!

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And from there it was on to Khorixas.

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