During school holidays my boyfriends daughter come visit us. I always try to take her out at least twice a week.
Although I have alot of editing work waiting at home I also take my camera with and well you guessed it make some more edit work for myself. But it is worth it. To see her running around, exploring and when she sees something the way her little face lit up is priceless…
Vygeboomdam is not that big and although the sign says no fishing the people don’t care they do just as they please… It is no wonder there were only a handful of ducks to see.
It is no wonder they say humans are the most dangerous animals on earth. Some humans have only their own interest at heart and do not think how their actions impacts nature around them.
In the beginning of the year we had a lot of loadshedding. One Sunday afternoon we decided to braai and tried to pass the time. Every session was around 2 hours. It was a hot day and much cooler outside.
I took my camera out and started taking photos of the birds in the trees and of the sky…..
Here is some of the photos taken of the birds in the trees…. I also played around with the settings that is why some of the sky is lighter and others darker.
My favorite part of the evening was when I started taking photos of the ever changing clouds… See if you can spot the smiley face in the clouds…
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and I look forward to hearing from you.
Dad turned 72 in December 2018 and for the first time in years we went away as a family.
My dad Ivan, myself, my two handsome boys Armand, Lian, my boyfriend Mornè, his daughter Desiree, my Brother Wouter, his wife Kathleen, their two little ones Aran and Morgan. Never since I moved out of the house have we went away as a family.
Spending time with family is very important to me.
Berghoff Fynbos Farm is a great place to have a break from the hustle and bustle of city live.
I told the children we would be cut off from the outside world, but to our surprise when we got there they left us a Wi-Fi code. The children were in 7th heaven but to my surprise they did not sit looking at their little screens the whole day.
We played fingerboard and later they started playing cards.
As I share more photos of our visit to Berghoff I will tell you some more about our weekend.
This morning I am on a emotional roller-coaster. I have mixed feelings about everything and that is just confusing. Let me explain…
I feel depressed because….
For those who follow me will know that I was not that active on WordPress for nearly 4 years maybe more and only started posting again on a regular basis about a month ago… Alot happened in my life and somehow I lost my spark got it back and lost it again… Trying to keep everyone happy and in the process neglected myself and my photography business… Now I am trying to get back into things but I took myself out of the game….
I am looking for work as a photographer, freelance or permanent but my 10 years of experience in photography does not count without the proper papers to back me up. I am a self taught photographer and spend many hours on the internet working through different photography sites and tutorials trying to better myself. I invested in online workshops that I go through on regular basis to refresh my memory. Still not good enough. At age 45 I must go and study so that I can provide a piece of paper to say that I can take photo’s….
So in January 2020 I will enroll for a photography course and this is made possible by my father who will be sponsoring me.
On the other hand I feel Happy and Blessed.
I feel happy that I can share my work with you and that when the boys were growing up I could spend time with them because I worked from home.
I am blessed with a talent and it would not be right if I keep my work to myself… I have thousands of photos on my computer and external hard drives that must still be edited and shared with the world.
I feel stressed because I need to get a income. I am busy working through my nature photo’s. I would like to sell them and earn some money with them. Then the critic in me comes out and I don’t think my work is good enough to sell… Like I said I am on a rollercoaster ride this morning….
When I went through my photos this morning to see what I wanted to post I saw these ones of some Pekin Ducks. It looks like they are smiling all the time. Happy and content with their lives.
Funny enough it made me feel better. That is why I decided to share them with you today. They lifted my spirit a bit….
Even though I am on this rollercoaster I know it will come to an end and I will look back on this morning and smile and be happy and content just like a Pekin Duck.
In March I took my boyfriends daughters to one of our local picnic spots for the morning.
Sonstraal dam is one of our favorite places to go and it is free. You can walk around the pond and get in some exercise too. During the week it is not that busy. Mostly moms with young children and strolers walking around the pond and feeding the ducks.
In the past there was a wide range of ducks and geese to be found. I have noticed that the number of Egyptian Geese have increased over the past 2 years and some of the others has either moved away due to the drought we had or have died.
I will be going back there again in the next 2 months. I just hope I see more of the other duck species again.
Here is a few of my photos of the Egyptian Geese. Will post more in my next post.
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….