Stellenryk Park – Recce visit on 17 October 2021

As you know I am busy with a new Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project and I am looking to photograph as many as possible within a 100km radius from my home.

On Thursday I drove past this little woodland on route to Stodels Garden Centre. I never really thought about taking photos there in the past, but after watching all those Landscape and Woodland photography videos I am more aware of my surroundings.

When I got home I looked on Google Maps to see if I can identify it. There are pathways and I assumed it is a park or nature reserve. The notice boards are faded but according to Google Maps it is called Stellenryk Park and it is part of the Kuils River Corridor project.

Stellenryk Park is 6.3km from my home. I asked Morné if he would please accompany me for my recce visit. I was not sure if it is safe and I wanted to take the photos with my camera.

On our way there the light was awesome and it broke through a clear patch in the clouds and it looked absolutely gorgeous. When we got to the park the light died down, but I reminded myself that this is just a recce visit.

As soon as I got my camera out it started raining. I took a few photos in the rain just to see the density of the little woodland and if it will be possible to get the shot I have in mind. It started coming down real hard and we opted to rather go home. I have to go for my second vaccination tomorrow and do not want to get sick now.

I will go back one morning during the week with Willow and do a proper recce of the park and see if I can get more compositions from different angles. I also want to see what wildlife and wildflowers I can spot. I will be visiting this park at least once a month to document the changes.

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/11,1/20sec, 27mm
Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/9,1/8sec, 38mm
Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/13,1/8sec, 38mm
Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/13,1/8sec, 40mm

With this last photo the rain came down hard and I got a few waterdrops on my lens. I only realized this when I got to the car.

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/13,1/8sec, 18mm

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post and joining me while I explore and discover new Parks and Nature Reserves.

Till next time, keep safe and keep exploring.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

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