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.

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 3

Yes Ruby is still in love with her sticks and upgraded to palm leaves. She enjoyed playing with the sticks and Palm leaves while my dad and I cleaned out our garden.  She still enjoys playing with her ball but due to all the new dogs in our street I cannot go play with her out front. Now we must play in the garden and that is not so good on the grass. I also started taking her to the beach, but after a dog attacked her on one of our walks she is not very sociable. It will take a while for her to trust other dogs again… She is also very protective over me. I am not always sure if this is a good or bad thing….
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Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 2

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Every year I have visitors in my garden. This little Masked Weaver build a total of 3 nests with no success…. Maybe he will be more successful in the coming year….

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 1

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After my mother’s passing and the start of my divorce proceedings I have not really been in the mood to blog and take photo’s. I had my moments when I got my spark back but then something would remind me of something that happened and I am back to square one. It was like everything was getting to much and I went into survival mode. I started focusing on myself, the boys,  my dad and our home.

In the meanwhile my Canon 7D’s Dial button broke and I lost my AV and TV settings then the light sensor started giving me problems and that put extra stress on me…  As soon as I move into a dark area or shady area the camera will not focus at all and when I press the shutter button nothing happend. I had to switch the camera off and on after every photo taken. When I was in bright light I had no problems… I had a few shoots over the past few months and with God’s help everything went smoothly. I learned a very big lesson that you must trust in God and ask Him to bless the shoot and to please make sure that everything works… He did not disappoint me… I am happy to say that God was looking out for me and a week ago I upgraded to my Canon 7D Mark II.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting all my work done in 2015 and hopefully I’ll be up to date soon.

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 15

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Babiana, Bobbejaantjie
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Babiana, Bobbejaantjie
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Kraalbaai
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Kraalbaai
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Kraalbaai
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Kraalbaai
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Limonium, Sea-Pink, Papierblom
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Limonium, Sea-Pink, Papierblom
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Bontebok
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Bontebok

 

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 14

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 13

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Blue Wildebeest
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Blue Wildebeest
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Blue Wildebeest
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Common Eland
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Common Eland

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 12

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)
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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)
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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)
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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)
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Pelargonium longicaule, Malva
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Arctotis, Gousblom
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Lessertia rigida, Balloon Pea, Blaasertjie
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Cotula turbinata,Buttons, Knoppies, Kleingansdons
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Trachyandra revoluta,Veldkool
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Trachyandra revoluta, Veldkool
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Lamranthus aurantiacus, Vygie

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 11

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

 

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Osteospermum, Boneseed, Bietou
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Osteospermum, Boneseed, Bietou
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Indigofera, Indigo, Lewertjie
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Indigofera, Indigo, Lewertjie
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Dorontheanthus, Bokbaaivygie
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Romulea hirsuta, Pienk Froetang
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Nemesia affinis, Leeubekkie
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Diascia capensis,Cape Twinspur
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Rumex sagittatus

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 10

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

As I am posting I am trying to identify the flowers. I am using mostly books by John Manning a botanist at the SA National Biodiversity Institute in Cape Town. I am also very privileged to have him on my email list. My husband told him about my love for photographing flowers and he said if I need help identifying them I must just send him an email…. So that is what I am doing first trying to identify it with my books and then if I still can’t identify or I am not sure I’ll send him a photo. So far my track record is quite good. Only one or two that I really don’t know. If for some reason I have not identify a plant don’t worry I will come back and update the post.

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Spiloxene, Cape Star, Sterretjie
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Felicia, Astertjie, Bloublommetjie
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Babiana nana, Bobbejaantjie
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Zantedeschia, Arum Lily, Varklelie
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Zantedeschia, Arum Lily, Varklelie
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Solanum, Nightshade, Bitterappel
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Solanum, Nightshade, Bitterappel
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Dimorphotheca pluvialis, Marguerite,Magriet, Reënblommetjie
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Senecio sarcoides, Groundsel, Hongerblom
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Polygala myrtifolia, Butterfly bush, Ertjiebos, Septemberbos