Mondays are Trash days….

Today is Monday… Trash day…. Also a public holiday so I kind of forgot about it… Slept a bit later than usual and while doing my daily morning routine of cleaning and sweeping I remembered about the trash…

Luckily for me everybody is running a little late this morning and I got my trash out in time….

While walking inside I saw a bird in my Yellowood tree. I did not recognize it and knocked on my son’s bedroom window and asked him to bring my camera.

I must say it was the longest wait I had in a while. I was afraid I am going to miss my opportunity to capture and identify these birds…

My son gave me my camera through his window and I started taking photos hoping that one or two will be in focus. The wind was blowing and it was a challenge but as you will see later I did manage to get a few shots.

Then a big truck passed my house and it scared these beautiful birds away. There were at least 10 that I could count when they flew of…

After I downloaded my photos I got my books out and started searching… I came across a photo of a Red-Faced Mousebird and was surprised. The last time I saw a Mousebird was while I was still living with my parents. We had a breeding pair of Speckled Mousebirdswho came back every year during breeding season and they used to annoy our dogs alot….

Here are the photo’s I could use from this morning….

116 days, 7 hours and 57 minutes before departure…

I am super excited about our visit to Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 in August 2019.

Not much to tick of our to do list anymore… We must still apply for our visas, pack our suitcases, finish up my trip planning for the last 3 days and then we are ready to go…

I don’t think I will have the opportunity to visit Scotland again so our trip planning is very important. I have lists of places we would like to see on route to our next destination. Luckily we are doing a selfdrive tour so we are in charge of what route we would like to take. Our travelagent Sarah did however gave us enough information and a route that covers most of what we would like to see.

The only problem is I have the tendency to change a 4 hour trip into a 10 hour trip… But at least my dad also like to take photos and stop alot so we are very good travel partners.

I cannot wait to share our Scotland trip with you….

Wrong turn to Mooimaak…

Well well my name will not be Coreen if I end up somewhere where I am not supposed to be….

On our way to Geelbek I saw a sign Mooimaak, well I took the turn off because there was no do not enter signs… It has been a while since I visited the park and thought may it’s a new road… Needless to say I was wrong it was a dead end and seems more for mountain biking….

I am very glad I took the turn off got some beautiful photos on this stretch of road…

As per tradition we always have a coffee break at Geelbek. This is also a good time to stretch our legs and well have a bathroom break.

Our next stop is Potsberg….

Our next stop: Seeberg Viewpoint

Hallo there hope everything is well on your end.

Our next stop while visiting The Westcoast National Park is Seeberg Viewpoint.

This brought back memories of our previous visit while mom was still alive… She loved coming to the park.

The wind was blowing and it was very chilly but that did not stop us from exploring. The views were extra beautiful with the grey sky and yellow blanket of flowers…

One observation I made during our stop at Seeberg was that the yellow flowers have taken over and only a few white, orange and purple flowers was spotted.

Dad and I talked about it and came to the conclusion that the yellow flowers must be more drought resistant…. Well that’s just our observation….

West Coast National Park: Seeberg Birdhide.

As we entered the park from the Langebaan entrance our first stop is the Seeberg Birdhide.

Over the past few years visiting the park one notice the change in scenery. I love walking on the walkway and capturing my surroundings.

But that day we were not able to leisurely strole down the wooden walkway as always. It started raining. We were very happy about the rain though. Our dams in the Western Cape was at a critical low before the winter and we needed every drop of water we could get.

From a photographers point of view. A cloudy day always makes beautiful photos and the light is perfect. Only down side was the flowers did not open until it was a bit warmer…. But I still had the beautiful landscapes…..

I hope you enjoyed your walk with us. Our next stop will be The Seeberg lookout…..

Breakfast at Driftwoods

Good day everyone…

Well after our quick stop in Hopefield we were on our way to Yzerfontein to have some breakfast at the farm stall there… On our way I realized I took the wrong turn off I was supposed to go through Darling and not Hopefield. This was not a trainsmash instead we headed to Langebaan.

We went to the beach area and parked the car. It was early and most of the businesses was still closed. Then dad showed me that Driftwoods just put out their sign. I asked them if they were open for breakfast yet. The manager said they are busy prepping the kitchen but we are more than welcome to have a cup of coffee so long.

It was a beautiful cloudy and cool morning and we wanted a table with a nice view. We ordered our coffee and started going through the menu to see what we would like for breakfast. As luck would have it I had to pick up on a typo on their new menu’s. Yes I think I am cursed I always pick up on simple stuff like that.

It was not long after they served us our coffee that the waiter said they are ready to take our order…. When dad ordered his breakfast the waiter looked as if he never heard of it before. He asked dad if he can please say it again. Dad repeated his order. I could clearly see the waiter was a bit confused. I then showed the waiter the two menus and he called the manager. We all had a good laugh over the typo.

I can absolutely with no doubt in my mind refer Driftwood’s for your next or future visit to Langebaan. The service is excellent, the food delicious and the staff was very friendly and one felt at home…

Early morning coffee at Driftwood’s

We are off to the Westcoast National Park…. Watch this space…

A quick stop in Hopefield

Last year my Dad and I went to the Westcoast National Park for the first time since my mom passed away in 2015.

On our way there we made a quick stop in Hopefield. I have passed this little town so many times in the past and never took any photos of it. It was raining so I just took photos of the church and the road coming in to town…

Next time I would like to spend more time capturing this little town.

Was it just coincidence?

If you go back a few posts I talked about visiting The Two Oceans Aquarium in the Victoria Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Well I am busy editing the photos, yes I know it’s been a while back but life is very busy on this end…

I came across these photos of the octopus and remembered how it moved along with my boyfriend. When he stood closer to the glass the Octopus also moved towards the glass. He then started moving his finger around against the glass the Octopus followed his finger with his one tentacle. It was very entertaining. When we moved on to the next exhibit we were talking about it and I am still wondering if it was a coincidence….

Trying my hand at Macro photography

Good day to everyone reading this post.

First let me thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post and look at my work. Please feel free to leave positive criticism.

Well as I posted earlier in the month I am trying out my Massa 72mm Close up filters.

This time I used a combination of +2 and +3 filters. Still trying to get the hang of it.

We went away for the weekend to Elgin Hills and I took my filters with. When we got there I realised I forgot my tripod at home. But that did not stop me. Practice make perfect they say so I focused on my breathing and handheld technique. It was not easy out of the 50+ photo’s I took only a handful came out usable….

Trying out something old but new…

Good day everyone,

First of all Happy New year to everyone reading this post. I know it is 1 February already but rather late okay very late than never.

2019 is going to be very busy and full of new adventures for me. I really hope to post more this year.

I started the New year of with a bang. I started exercising again. Walking 10 kilometers every morning. Then just as I started to get into jogging I tore a ligament in my ancle. I have been so frustrated after this. One can’t believe what good therapy walking/jogging really is. I want to do a 20km walk in April 2019 with my boyfriend and next year I want to run my first half marathon, but by the looks of it I won’t be ready for April. I am not quitting. I have tested the waters at home and as soon as I can do 5 km without any discomfort I will hit the road again. Thinking of going for a walk on Sunday morning.

So what have I been up to these past few weeks. Well editing a wedding, compiling a wedding album, busy editing some nature photo’s I took in 2017 and 2018 (hope to sell some of them online) and now I am concentrating on finishing up a project I started one year ago… Will post photo’s of above mentioned at a later date…

In October 2018 my dad and I booked a holiday in Scotland for August 2019… In between editing and learning new photography skills I am planning a holiday too. But more on this in another post…

Earlier this week I was looking for something in my prop cupboard and came across a set of Massa Close up filters I bought a few years back… So I took one of them for a spin.

I must say I am very happy with the results and my aim this month is to practice with it at least once a week. I hope to master the art of macro photography with the equipment I have by the end of the year. Never thought something old but new can make me so excited…

Here’s a few of the photos I took with my Canon EOS 7D mark II, Canon 18-200mm lens and a Massa +4 Closeup Filter. Please feel free to comment and give constructive criticism. I believe that the only way I am going to know if I am doing it right is when my audience tell me.

On my Bucket list for 2019:

  • Doing the big walk 20km in April.
  • Post at least 3 times a month.
  • Mastering the art of macro photography with the equipment I have.
  • Train for my first half marathon in 2020.
  • Visit Scotland in August.
  • Sell some of my nature photo’s online.
  • Learn how to make and edit aVideo with my Camera.
  • Be positive and happy.