Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Breakfast run - Wednesday 8 July 2020

Grabouw farm

It is the Wednesday before the big storm about to arrive in the Western Cape (and possibly further into South Africa and perhaps even parts of Namibia) on Thursday 9 July.

So we decided to make use of a beautiful day to have a short day trip - one that would incorporate our favourite breakfast and a drive in the country.

Obviously the breakfast had to be Eggs Benedict at the Hartlief Deli in Hermanus - without question the best Eggs Benedict (or breakfast, for that matter!) to be found anywhere! On our trip along Sir Lowry's Pass, the N2 took us just past the turnoff to Grabouw, and at one of the farms on the left-hand side we saw the mounds pictured above - we think they were mounds of compost, emitting steam caused by the internal heat. 6 degrees Celcius outside - at around 9 o'clock in the morning - it was cold, but very pretty! Worth stopping for.

From there straight on to Hermanus and Hartlief for yet another scrumptious breakfast. Crispy potato rosti base, with stacks of bacon, topped with rocket, two poached eggs, and Hollandaise Sauce, and a mild garnish of chopped chives. Sneak peak:

Eggs Benedict

After a cup of cappuccino each, we decided to take the long route home - along the R320 to Caledon (another beautiful drive and well worth the time if you haven't tried it), and then home. Total round trip - three and a half hours.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Deep Blue

15 May 2020





















On my way back home after shopping last Friday (I took the long route home), I saw the results of the demolition of the old Deep Blue building on the Strand beachfront. I stopped, donned my face mask, and took a few shots for record purposes.

Once I arrived back home, I posted the above image on our local community's Facebook page. It turned out to be my most popular Facebook ever - by miles! It's now five days later, and at the time of writing this post, 348 people had emoji'd the page, 76 people had made comments, and 111 had shared the post!






In addition, one of my other shots was used in the Bolander, a local newspaper distributed each Tuesday. Admittedly it was featured at the back of the newspaper, but it was there! The article refers to the building as "Big Blue", but it should read "Deep Blue". Be that as it may, I was quite chuffed at the image being deemed newsworthy enough to be published.






I found the variety of emotions expressed by the folk on Facebook extremely interesting, From comments like "It was an eyesore", "About time too", "Butt ugly", and "Finally" to "Fond memories", "Very sad", "Will miss that blue building", and "Very sad and tragic". It's incredible how much interest and emotions one photo can generate!

Because of the interest shown, I thought I would try to gather some information about the building's history, but sadly I couldn't find anything definite on the Internet. The most authoritative thing I could find was from an article in the District Post (another local newspaper) which stated "It is assumed the building was built in the mid 1970s as an ablution block and café. It has since become defunct and derelict. There is also no proposed redevelopment".

So - as another Facebook poster put it "The end of an era".


Sunday, January 26, 2020

TPS Club competition - January 2020

Water drop fountain

Ok, so while my commitment to do more blog posts this year is still fresh in my mind, here we go.

Club competition night was held on Wednesday 22 January 2020. My favourite image out of the four submitted was the one at the top of this post. It was entered into the Print Open category, but unfortunately it only received a Silver award. The judge seemed to like it, and didn't have any negative comments, so not sure why it didn't score better.

I must say I also enjoy my other entry in the Open category, this time in the Digital category, which was another macro shot of a soap bubble (I submitted my first one in November last year), and this received a Gold award.

Planet Bubble

The set subject for the month was "City life". I found this to be quite a challenging task, and for my Print entry, I chose a photograph taken of the blind guitarist who plies his trade on the streets of Cape Town. He featured in a legal battle with the Cape Town City Council a few years back, and the case made headlines in the local newspapers. The one headline, "Blind injustice", is attached to the wall behind him and now features as part of his stage.

Blind injustice
This image received a Silver award. The judge liked most of it, but felt that the left hand side was extraneous and would have been better cropped away.


I am including a cropped version of the photo. You can make your own decision as to whether it is superior to the original or not.  Personally, if the subject had been Street Photography, then I probably would agree, but think the uncropped version also shows some of the vast differences so typical of City Life, with a talented blind man having to beg for his existence, whiile just a few metres away people pay R200 for acrylic nails. Anyway, just my thoughts. Win some, lose some!

My Digital entry for the Set Subject was taken at the top end of town, and features quite a common site around our City, namely tourists / citizens enjoying a guided trip around the City and surrounds while in and on top of a tour bus.

The major bus company in the Western Cape is Golden Arrow, and their slogan is "The bus for us". This image title is obviously a play on that, as not everyone has the time nor cash to make use of it. I decided to keep this shot in colour, as it is one of the bus' major characteristics.

The image also received a Silver award.

The bus for some of us

Till next time.








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