Macro Orchid

Orchids are one of my favourite flowers. They always look so delicate, yet I think that they, like some people, have an underlying strength.

I was playing around with trying to photograph droplets on the petals. My efforts were not very successful, but they did not detract from the exotic beauty of the flowers.

Look at this purple beauty…


Monochrome edits…



The last one is my favourite. There is a calm and peaceful appeal about it.

Patterns and Symmetry 1

Our Photo Club has a challenge for January’s meeting…

Patterns and Symmetry

“Use symmetry and/or pattern, natural or man-made, to create an eye catching composition. Pay particular attention to lines, repetition, colour combinations, texture and contrast.”

So…I am trying to find suitable subjects. My husband and I went on a walk through a forested area in the estate where we live and I took a couple of pics there.

I still have so much to learn about the correct exposures, f-stops, iso etc etc, but this is my first take on Patterns and Symmetry…


Another Time Away…

Time has flown by this year and I have been very unmotivated about my photography and this blog, sad to say. Anyway, today I decided to edit some photos and, hopefully, that has given me a kick-start to get going again.

We went to Kruger National Park in October where I got the camera out and took hundreds of pictures. However, it was not my best trip, photographically. Shall I blame those models for misbehaving and not showing their best side in the right light…hehe!  Apart from the lack of stunning photos, we still had some lovely sightings.

KNP was in the middle of a severe drought and was looking very brown, dry and dusty. In spite of, or maybe because of, we had some great sightings. We saw the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) at various times, as well as other animals. I don’t mind what I see; it is always just so refreshing to be in the African bush and see what we come upon in the day.

Another of my favourite things is to sit on the patio in our accommodation at the end of the day and watch the sunset…so beautiful.

Sunset over the Crocodile River…



Away in the wild…

I can’t believe that it has been so long since I posted a blog! I thought I had done so last month!! How time flies…

Earlier this year we went to Tembe Elephant Park up in northern Kwazulu-Natal. This is a small game park in South Africa, but is a great place to visit. Whilst we did not get to see any of the big cats, we certainly had some wonderful sightings.

Tembe lived up to its name and showed us lots of elephant sightings. One of the waterholes, in this sadly drought-ridden area, produced some really interesting viewing.

Just a couple of shots taken at the waterhole…

Let me rest my weary tusk…

Let me rest my weary tusk

I’m the boss of you…


Muddy Puddles…

It’s a new year, it’s a new day and time for a new post.

Am still very fuzzy-headed with a flu bug that I have been battling to overcome.  I acquired this bug whilst in the UK, where we have just spent Christmas 2015.  It was the first time that we had spent it with our little grandchildren…what a blessing they are!

Anyway, whilst spending time with the little ones we learnt what their favourite TV programmes are. Number 1 definitely appears to be Peppa Pig!

On the 31st we went for a walk with my daughter, her husband and their little treasure. As it had been raining, there were muddy puddles along the way and my granddaughter had great fun walking through them and jumping in them Peppa Pig-style.

Here’s to muddy puddles…


Morning Scenes

The other morning I got up, made a cup of coffee, grabbed my camera and went off in the golf cart on the estate where we live. It was a lovely, if slightly chilly, winter’s morning.

As the sun was rising and heating up our little world it caused mists over the dams (ponds as some people would call them). It was not windy and there were also some reflections in the waters that caught my eye along the way.

Morning Scenes Collage

Painting – Wine Bottle

A couple of weeks ago I went to the North Coast Art Group meeting, where the guest speaker was Heidi Shedlock. Heidi is an artist and she talked about her daily paintings and what started her on that particular journey. To read her story and see her wonderful paintings please visit her blog Paintings In The Post. She is a dynamic and inspiring speaker.  She also, in the time at the meeting, pretty much completed a painting! Amazing…I am soooo slow when I work! Anyway, I was so inspired that I went home and did this little painting the following day.


Wine Bottle – 7″x5″ oil on primed canvas panel

I can tell you how I am not happy with so many aspects of this painting, but…I am learning and I have to look at the parts that please me. I have to know that I will have successes and I will have even more failures…it is a process. Most importantly, I enjoyed doing the painting 🙂

Variations on a Frog…

The other day my husband told me that there was a  frog was sitting on the counter next to the outdoor sink in my drying yard. I took my camera to go and photograph it. After taking a few shots with my 24-105mm lens, I went and got the Macro lens… Frog I think it is a Tree Frog and in reality he was only about 2 inches/5cm in length, but he looks rather large when photographed with a macro lens. Of course, I cannot leave well alone when it comes to editing. First of all in Lightroom I played around with a Bleach By-Pass edit… Bleach By-Pass Then I did an edit on the original photo. First of all I added a Poster Edge layer, then a blue Overlay blend layer and this was the result… PE Bl OL I think it looks as if he is sitting at the water’s edge of a pond.

We are off on a road trip on Monday to go down to Robertson in the Cape, so I will not be blogging whilst away. I really hope that I come back with some exciting photos 🙂

I am linking up to this week’s MOM challenge. If you look closely enough there are touches of orange and blue is the complementary colour of orange 😉


A New Thing…

I have recently discovered a lovely group of people…cyclists! Several of our friends are keen cyclists and a few months ago my dearly beloved started joining them on their morning rides.

I’d my bike for 2 years, but had only ridden about four times…shocking! Here it is…

Bicycle colour

Anyway, in December, at the grand age of 60 plus a few months, I got on the bike and started cycling. We live in an area that has some sneaky little hills, which are killers when one is unfit and starting out in this sport. My poor little heart pounds away and I puff and pant up those little killers!

I am not usually proud of what I do or my achievements, but I must say that I am pretty chuffed with myself and how I am improving. I have now graduated from my baby rides to riding with the group of friends. However, I realise my limits and am definitely the slowest in the group.

This brings me back to the group of cyclists…they are so encouraging and complimentary about my efforts. At least one of them hangs back with me and makes sure I do not get into any problems on the ride. A couple of them have been my personal trainers and taught me how to use the gears etc. As I said…what a lovely group of people.

A b&w version…

IMG_8348 B&W

…and a partial colour edit for MOM 127

IMG_8341 partial colour orange

I changed the red of the bike like to orange, though it still looks pretty red here 🙂