Never to old to learn something new.

I was always proud to say I am a self-taught photographer. Since I started my journey as a photographer in 2009 I have watched countless YouTube videos to help me and read a lot of articles on different types of photography, how to edit and marketing.

I subscribed to Creative Life and sat through many nights of online workshops. I also bought a few workshops for myself and I am still using them. I took hundreds and thousands of photos up to now, overcome many obstacles, and improvised when I was in difficult situations.

When I started looking for a job at a studio nobody would give me the credit for all the hard work I put in myself. All that they wanted was a piece of paper to prove that I can call myself a professional photographer.

This affected my self-esteem, I started thinking I do not know what I am doing. After feeling sorry for myself I started looking at different online courses and I enrolled with The Photography Institute.

Up to now, I have learned a lot and I am very glad I did enroll. I am also very happy to say that I am doing great in my assignments and that I did not waste my time reading all those articles and watching all those videos and tutorials

I fell a bit behind with Covid 19 lockdown but this is not going to stop me. I will finish this course before the end of September 2020 as I planned. Even if this means studying full time every day until my last module….

I can’t wait to hang my diploma on my wall. Then I can also tick Photography Diploma off my Bucket list…..

Till next time, stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 8 July 2020

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 8

Good day everyone

Hope you are all still healthy and staying safe.

Let’s continue on our drive through Scotland. Our next stop was Ruby bay. I heard that this beautiful bay won the Keep Scotland Beautiful Beach Award in 2018.

When we stopped in the parking lot I saw the beautiful beach and can understand why they won. It is truly beautiful.

The wind was cold and dad decided to rather stay in the car while I went to capture all Ruby bay has to offer.

Ruby Bay: A Gem of a Beach indeed
Ruby bay with the lighthouse in the background
Ruby bay beach

My first stop was the Lady Tower. The wind was freezing cold but after a while walking I got nice and warm. The views leading up to the Lady Tower was beautiful.

Before I could go into the Lady Tower I had to wait for a couple deeply in love to finish up their “photo shoot” There was water inside the tower and I had to be careful not to step into the water.

Views on route to Lady Tower
Views on route to Lady Tower
Path towards Lady Tower
Lady Tower
Lady Tower
View from inside the Lady Tower
Beautiful Rock patterns inside the Lady Tower
From inside the Lady Tower

From the Lady Tower I headed towards the Elie Ness lighthouse. The path was slippery and I nearly landed with my face in the mud.

Elie Ness Lighthouse
View of Bass Rock
View of Berwick Law
Elie Ness Lighthouse
Elie Ness Lighthouse
Elie Ness Lighthouse

After walking around the Lighthouse I headed back to the car.

View of Elie

Our next stop was a quick one we headed to the Ruins of the once beautiful Newark Castle. Due to limited time I did not go and explore.

Ruins of Newark Castle on Coastal Path
Ruins of Newark Castle on Coastal Path
Ruins of Newark Castle on Coastal Path

Well it was getting late and we still had 2 stops before we could call it a day and we still had to stop for supper. Up next we will be visiting St Monans.

Thank you for joining us on our Grand Tour of Scotland.

Till next time. Stay safe….

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Silent Sunday

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 7

Good day everyone,

Hope you are still healthy and save.

Today’s post is not going to be that long. We did not spend a lot of time at our next stop Lower Largo on our Grand Tour of Scotland. I would have liked to explore this little coastal town a bit more but time was not on our side.

While driving along the coastal road we spotted this beautiful sculpture. At first I thought it was the Robinson Crusoe Statue but while I was doing my research for today’s blog post I found out that it is actually The Malagan Sculpture. Well now I know…. I just love the detail on the Sculpture and the entrance gate. I am a law abiding person but it took all my strength not to enter and take up close photos of the statue.

Entry to Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo

The views from here was also beautiful.

Across the road I spotted a house with the most beautiful gate. It looked like a scene out of a storybook.

Once again I just can’t pass the opportunity to capture the house with the blue door and flower baskets on the windowsills.

I had to look twice before I realized that it was a toy skeleton of a prehistoric animal.

Largo Baptist Church
View of the ocean
Beautiful Red door…

Thank you joining us on our short visit to Lower Largo. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our next stop is Ruby Bay….

Till next time. Please stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 1 July 2020

Wordless Wednesday: 24 June 2020

Flower of the day Challenge: 23 June 2020

From a very young age I was exposed to Hydrangeas. My grandmother had the most beautiful Blue/Purple ones in her garden. Her pink ones was huge. I can remember a photo on my grandmothers nightstand with me next to it. I looked like a fairy under the big bloom. I wish I could get hold of it. I was about 18 months when it was taken.

While visiting Scotland I fell in love with these beauties all over again and when I got back from our tour I bought myself a plant at the nursery. It lost all it’s leaves though…. I just hope it stays alive during this cold winter. Yesterday I saw new leaves coming out. So I am trying to keep positive.

Thank you Cee for giving me the opportunity to post my Hydrangea photo’s again.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland : Part 6

Good day everyone,

Oh my word this morning I am freezing. Hope you are all still healthy and staying safe.

Okay let’s continue our Grand Tour of Scotland.

Our next stop was Letham Glen. It was not even on my places of interest. In 2010 dad had his colon removed due to cancer. So if dad has to go there are not much time you must get him to a bathroom as soon as possible. This was also a reason why all our stops are so close together just in case.

I wondered around and took a few photo’s while waiting for dad.

Letham Glen Sunken Garden
Letham Glen Sunken Garden
Letham Glen Sunken Garden
Letham Glen Sunken Garden

The Sunken Garden at Letham Glen was the towns former swimmingpool in the 1930’s. They have turned it into a beautiful garden. I was impressed.

Our next stop was the standing stones of Lundin. But oh my hat did we struggle to get to it. First of all the GPS says your destination is on your left side, you have reached your destination. When we look around all we see is houses on the left and a golf club on the right hand side.

We drove past our destination at least 4 times when I told my dad that’s it I am not going to search anymore… Then I spotted it through one of the houses gates opening up on the golf course. Okay now we know where it is. Now how to get to it. So we followed a dirt road and there it was. But I had to go through someones backyard to get to the golf course. The groundskeeper told me the man get’s very difficult when he spots tourists in his backyard. But that’s the only way to get there….

I did not come this far just to give up. So dad waited in the car while I invaded the poor man’s privacy. Luckily he was not there so I climbed over the wall onto the golf course, took a few photo’s and climbed back again.

I got to the car and just as I pulled away the owner arrived…. That’s what I call timing…..

Standing Stones of Lundin
Standing Stones of Lundin
Standing Stones of Lundin

“On the second hole of the Lundin Links Ladies Golf Course (which incidentally is the oldest women’s golf course in the world), stands a trio of prehistoric stones, looking wonderfully out of place against the manicured landscape.

The huge megaliths stand between 14 to 17 feet tall. Crookedly shaped and made of sandstone, the pillars are believed to date back to the Bronze age, around the 2nd millennium BCE. Legend holds that the site was used by the Druids for ancient rituals.

Druidic rituals or not, it is likely that the three standing stones are the remains of an ancient stone circle. There used to be at least four pillars, but one stone went missing in the 18th century.”

Borrowed from Atlas Obscura

That’s all for now friends. Thank you for stopping by. Hope you are still enjoying our Grand Tour of Scotland with us.

Till Next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Flower of the day Challenge – 22 June 2020

My flower of the day is Garden Nasturtium of as we know it Kappertjies. Today my mother would have been 74 years old. Since I can remember she loved these beautiful flowers.

Our garden by the pool was full of them and in different colors. When Mom and dad moved here the first flower she planted was Nasturtiums….