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…..

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

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 9

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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Heliophila coronopifolia, Sunflax, Sporrie
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Spiloxene, Cape star, Sterretjie
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Spiloxene, Cape star, Sterretjie
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Lessertia, Balloon Pea, Blaasertjie, Kankerbos
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Chasmanthe, Cobra Lily, Piempiempie
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Chasmanthe, Cobra Lily, Piempiempie

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