Big birds, big eggs and childhood memories…..

Ostriches are very big birds that can’t fly…. But oh my word they can run very fast and they lay very big eggs….

I used to love to listen to the stories my mother told me about her childhood vacations on the Ostrich farm were her grandparents stayed. She told me how she and her nephew use to go play in the Ostrich penns. They were not aware that it was breeding season and got to close to the eggs. Mom told us that she never knew she can run that fast or jump over the fence….

When I was about 10 years old my parents took us to Oudtshoorn known for all it’s Ostrich farms. My mom also showed us were she spent her school holidays. I remembered that holiday as if it was yesterday. Sitting on the back of that big bird and feeding it. I found it very interesting that Ostriches eats stones well everything they can swallow to be honest. They really like shiny things too.

Ostrich eggs are very big and srong. One can stand on it and it won’t break. I would never believed it but I saw it with my own two eyes. One Ostrich egg equals 24 eggs and it is a taste to get use to. I personally love it especially when you make omelettes of it.

While visiting the Westcoast National Park last year for the first time I had the opportunity to take some awesome photo’s of the Ostriches in a field of yellow flowers.

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If you can dream it you can do it…..

Flowers of Potsberg

While driving in Potsberg you spot a lot of beautiful flowers but one can’t really take nice photo’s from your car. One have to get out and get in close. Only then do you find hidden gems.

I tried to identify the flowers by going through my books. I use Wild Flowers of South Africa by Braam van Wyk, Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa and also Field Guide to Fynbos by John Manning. My only problem is some of the photo’s are so small and some only taken from different angles than mine that I struggled to identify them 100%..

I can only blame myself too. At one stage I was quite clued up on my flower. But if you don’t refresh your mind every now and then one seems to forget… So I have just decided to work on this again. I have so many files with photo’s of flowers, plants and trees. Maybe I must start identifying them and get a expert who will be willing to help me. What do you think?

Hongerblom
Magriet
Magriet and Reënblommetjie

Rooimalva
Bokbaaivygie
Reënblommetjie
Soetuintjie
Soetuintjie

Sambreeltjies
Soetuintjie
Soetuintjie
Bokbaaivygie
Sorrel or Suring
Magriet and Reënblommetjie
Reënblommetjie

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Yellow….

Yellow reminds me of the sun my favorite fruit bananas and also lemons…

On the spectrum of visible light yellow lies between orange and green.

Yellow is also associated with different feelings in different countries and cultures.

Yellow is the color people most often associate with amusement, gentleness, humor,wisdom, happiness, glory, wisdom, and spontaneity. Yellow can also be associated with negative feelings like envy, jealousy, cowardice and sickness.

In photography you get to work closely with this color when editing and fine tuning you photos.

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Pink…

Pink is a color between red and white on the color spectrum. The color got it’s name from a flower also called Pinks.

Pink is the color most often associated with charm, politeness, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood, femininity and the romantic.

A combination of pink and white is associated with innocence.

We also wear a pink ribbon for Cancer awareness and here in South Africa National sport teams also wear pink for Cancer awareness.

I love pink, but I am not a big fan in wearing light colors. I would rather wear darker colors.

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Tsaarbank what a surprise…

I have been visiting the Westcoast National Park for years now and never turned of to Tsaarbank…

This time we decided to go and have a look hoping that we don’t need a 4×4. Honestly I was under the impression that it was just a heap of white sand…. Well I could not have been more wrong… It is absolutely stunning and I want to kick myself everytime I think of what great photo opportunities I have missed….

I took some awesome photos of the waves crashing against the rocks. I only stayed in the parking lot because dad was with me and I don’t like leaving him alone. Dad would not have minded if I wandered of to explore more but that’s just not me.

There is nothing better than to visit the park when you have someone with you that shares in your love for nature and photography.

While busy writing this post I had a light bulb moment. Maybe I must plan a day trip and we can spend the day at Tsaarbank. There’s a nice beach and great picnic and braai area…

Here are some of the photos I took at Tsaarbank.

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…..

My Photo someones Quote: #187

 Doen vir ander alles wat julle graag wil hê hulle vir julle sal doen.

Matteus 7:12

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #186

Time only seems to matter when it’s running out.

Peter Strup

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Coreen