13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland : Part 3

Good day everyone,

Our next stop was a beautiful little town called Aberdour. Just as we entered the town I was taken with all the flowers and beautiful houses and their hanging basket gardens…. The streets are not really wide and the houses are on the street only a narrow sidewalk that separate them from the street. I saw only a few houses with nice front yards and the most beautiful gardens.

We stopped at a parking area near a garden and I took my camera and walked up the road to where we entered Aberdour.

I just love Hydrangea’s and the colors are to die for. I grew up with light pink and blue/purple Hydrangea’s. I just could not get enough of these pretty plants.

Dark Pink Hydrangea
Dark Pink Hydrangea
Pink and Blue Hydrangea
Purple and Blue Hydrangea
Blue/Purple and Cream Hydrangea
Blue/Purple and Cream Hydrangea

As you know by now I loved capturing Churches and Cathedrals even if they are closed. The architecture is just amazing. I love the colorful doors and the beautiful windows. I just wish we had enough time to go into every single one we visited. Also I know I missed a few too.

St. Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Church
St. Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Church
St. Columba’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Here are some photos taken on my walk back to the car.

Dunsailing…….
Feverfew (Daisy Family)

Thank you for joining us on this short visit at Aberdour. Next up Aberdour Castle and Gardens.

Stay safe and have a Blessed day.

Till next time…..

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019…Part 3

Here is the last photos of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019….

I would like to thank the organizers and everybody that took part in this breathtaking event for making 2019 a year my dad and I will never forget.

That’s a wrap…. Hope you enjoyed the photos.

In my next post we will hit the road to our next destination Knockhill Farm in St Andrews sharing with you the places we stopped along the way.

Till next time, please keep safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019…Part 2

Good day everyone,

I am not going to say much. The photos can do the talking…. Hope you enjoy The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with us….

To be continued…….

Coreen

“If you can dream it you can do it” Walt Disney

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2019…Part 1

Good day everyone,

At long last I can post about our night at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo…

Dad loves bagpipes since I can remember he played a 7 single with bagpipe music on it. He always said that before he closes his eyes permanently he want’s to go to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo…

Then in March 2018 he got very sick and was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. One day out of the blue he asked me if I could choose any place overseas to visit where would I like to go… “I have a list as long as the National road” I told him…

Then I remembered his words and said Scotland. Dad asked me to see when the Military Tattoo is his only demand for our holiday was that it includes the Military Tattoo…. After doing some research I contact Nordic Visitor for a quote and put the plans in motion. Sarah told me that I better book our tickets for tattoo early because it sells out very fast. 24 January 2019 I booked our tickets for The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August 2019.

Dad was super excited and I could see in the way he walked that he could not get there fast enough… I did take some random photos while walking…

Sunflower
Ampersand
The Magnum
Dad on his way to the Military Tattoo
The Portrait Gallery
Portrait Gallery
Tram tracks
Tram tracks
Louis Vuitton
Oor Wullie Statue
Scott Monument
Oor Wullie Statue
Waverley Station Train tracks
Giant Wheel
The Mound – Black Watch Memorial

Dad was so excited that not even the stairs was to much for him. The closer we got the less dad talked… He was getting a bit emotional…

The views behind the stands was so beautiful I could not just pass. So while dad was visiting the bathroom before heading to our seats I took the opportunity to capture it.

Thank you for joining us on our way to the Military tattoo. I won’t be saying much in my next post. Will mostly be photos of the Tattoo.

Stay safe till next time…

Coreen

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Exploring South Africa: Richmond

How do I start this post. Editing these photo’s was very emotional and it took me 4 years to get the guts to do it.

These photo’s were all taken one week after my mother passed away while on holiday….

My parents went to visit my mothers friend and sister while I went to support my sons in their different sports. Armand had his National Air Rifle Competition in Hartebeespoort and Lian my youngest had his first Badminton Tournament in Rustenburg. 

Well on our way to Gauteng my mom said that she would like to go to Richmond because every time we just stop at the garage for coffee and a bathroom break and then we are on our way again.  I told her that we can go there on our way back home….

But due to a aneurysm she passed away on  10 October 2015.  My dad and I stayed in Gauteng to arrange for her cremation and to finalize everything before we head home. I am not going to lie losing my mom broke me but I had to be strong for my dad.

As we approached Richmond I told my dad that in honor of my mom I would like to go there as promised. She would have loved it.  I took some photo’s and we were on our way again.

Thank you for visiting Richmond with us.

 

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

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

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Please feel free to comment on my work. I believe that one can only learn from others and your mistakes.

Beautiful Landscapes of Potsberg

Potsberg has some of the most beautiful landscapes. I just love capturing them. During flowerseason it just take it to the next level…

In the past there were more colors visible but due to the drought we had the yellow flowers took over and only here and there you stil had patches of purple, pink and white flowers. Don’t get me wrong it is still awesome and I got some beautiful photos with Bontebok and Ostrich. These I will share at a later stage….

Due to the fact that my trigger finger worked overtime I need to split our Potsberg visit in 3 posts….

Thank you for stopping by my blog. Hope you enjoyed your visit. Please let me know what you think of my work. Have a Blessed week.

Your worth…

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have… Thomas Edison

A few years back a colleague told me that I am worth much more and that I must start believing in myself and my abilities as a photographer.

For me this is very difficult. I am my own worst critic and sometimes I feel like my photo’s are not good enough it can still improve.

Even after 10 years in the industry I am still learning new skills. Trying to better myself for my client’s and potential clients…

I do have a goal and that is to sell my nature photos online…. But the big question is what do I think I am worth?

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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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