Category Archives: Challenges

The Floating Raspberry

I love raspberries, especially stuffing a little chocolate chip into them and mixing them into my Jungle Oats in the morning! When this challenge came up from Cee, this was the first photo I thought of. I took it a year ago.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

Lilies are one of my favourite flowers and I enjoy growing them in my garden. There is something spectacular about its creamy white colours and almost velvety texture.

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But I love colour, especially pink. I wanted to do somewhat of a mini science experiment with my 5 year old to teach her how water travels up a flower. We picked 3 lilies and left them in a warm glass of water tinted separately with pink, blue and purple. The next morning the lilies were tickled pink! And blue… although the purple came out blue

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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Sand

The beach sand was not as tasty as she anticipated

The beach sand was not as tasty as she anticipated

Macro Monday: Butterflies and a Royal Caterpillar

I adore butterflies. There aren’t so many of them around like when I was little, and I blame the eighties. I remember when I was small, the uneducated trend of catching butterflies, killing them and placing them in frames disturbed me.
I visited Butterflies for Africa in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and I fell in love with this little guy. He looks like royalty in those splendid green and gold colours!

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It was a pleasure to get to see so many butterflies up close. I also saw a gorgeous glass winged butterfly but battled to capture him 😦

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And to end it off, their coffee shop rocks! How is this awesome sandwich, I just had to show you – cheese, tomato, avocado and pepperdews (a South African sweet piquanté pepper) with a sweet chilli sauce on a French loaf. Ahh, pepperdews. My reason for being! I had no shame in devouring the entire thing. By myself.

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Sunday Stills: Birds

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Taken from Marina Beach, South Africa

 

Thursday Lingering Look at Windows

I work on the top floor of my department and the view from my window is pretty cool, especially in summer, when the green ground meets with blue sky. The colours are awesome together!

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This is the building opposite mine, that I never fail to stare at when I walk past. I have never been much of a fan of ivy on buildings. There was this one particular house when I was little that was completely covered in ivy and my mom used to tell us that a witch lived there. So it put me off, understandably so. 😀 But I think the ivy lining these windows is so pretty. No witches here! (Okay, maybe some staff members definitely qualify)

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Lingering look at Architecture: University of the Witwatersrand

I agree with Dawn that Universities have some of the most beautiful architecture around! When I lived in Boston, I would gladly take in all the architecture at Harvard University. Now I have the pleasure of working among such architectural beauty.
This is my office:

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I’ve been here for a little while and still get enamoured by its beautiful architecture. The pillars are iconic for this University and my favourite part

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Candid Shots

Cee has another fun challenge – candid shots!
I’ve always found my best candid shots come from taking photos of my daughter, who does some cute, but also odd things at times.

Here is one of her playing on the beach. I anticipated her jumping off the rock so caught it just in time:

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This guy was selling sunglasses on the beach and I was so impressed with the cool way he carried them in an old surfboard, I just had to capture it:

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Contrary to what you may believe, this guy was not posing for the camera. I caught a snap while hearing him explain to his buddy how he’s full-time pineapple, part-time beach bum:

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Lingering Look at Windows: The Brass Bell

I came across Dawn’s Lingering Look at Windows and decided to participate because 1. who doesn’t like a fun challenge? and 2. one of my favourite windows resides right in Kalk Bay, Cape Town. It comfortably sits in a restaurant called The Brass Bell, which is literally in the sea. Once during a super bad thunderstorm, eels landed up in the restaurant that they had to fish out! 😀

The restaurant has been operating for 60 years and is one of South Africa’s favourite places to eat. Understandably so- these windows get to enjoy breathtaking and panoramic views of the ocean all day! Definitely one of my favourite places to enjoy seafood!

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This particular image not my own – belongs to The Brass Bell