How do you feel when you look at the stars?

When I look at the stars I feel at ease. Here in the city, the stars shine but not as bright because of all the other light interference. When we go camping, I love sitting or lying on the ground and look at the stars. It is so peaceful and beautiful.

When I was a child, I would always look outside my window at the moon and the stars. Sometimes I fell asleep, other times I made up stories in my head that I am friends with someone on a faraway planet and we are sending messages to each other with our thoughts…. Somedays I wish I still had that imagination….

Looking at the stars also leaves me with questions…..

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my post.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share, and leave a comment. I read all my comments, and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Describe yourself as a tree?

Oh, my goodness, let me think about this one for a minute…

Okay, I need help……

Dear Google, please tell me what type of tree am I.

According to Brainfall, I am an Oak Tree.

Oak Tree:

“You are a steadfast and responsible person. You’re deeply connected to your roots and are always supportive of your friends and family.”

brainfall.com

Okay, I can live with that. I love Oak trees. Yes, I am responsible. Before I do something, I will first make sure that it is safe and it will not conflict with anything else. I do always support my family and friends. I try to encourage them and try to keep them positive.

According to Celtic Tree Astrology, I am a Birch.

Birch Tree

“Birch signs are often highly driven and motivate others. You are always reaching for more, seeking better horizons and obtaining higher aspirations. Birch signs (just like the tree) are tolerant, tough, and resilient. You are cool-headed and are natural-born rulers, often taking command when a situation calls for leadership. You are a natural leader and do best taking the lead. When in touch with your softer side, you also bring beauty in otherwise barren spaces, brightening up a room with your guile, and charming crowds with your quick wit.”

onetreeplanted.org

Well, I do agree that I like to motivate others. Yes, I am always looking for more and looking to better myself. I am tolerant to a point; I am tough and resilient. I don’t think I am a natural leader not at all, I like to be in the background. Yes, I like to bring beauty into others’ lives with my photography.

According to Playbuzz, I am a Weeping Willow

You are a Weeping Willow! Your leaves hang over your emotions, blocking the view of the inside. Every once and a while, at the right time, you reveal an entrance, and let people see what’s really inside. You are very wise in your choice of friends.

playbuzz.com

I must say this one is also true. I only let a few people in and I do hide my feelings.

But that is enough quizzes for now. I like all of them and I wonder what a Weeping Birch Oak would look like?

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my post.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share, and leave a comment. I read all my comments, and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

How are you changing the world?

I am only a minute piece in the puzzle of the universe. I try to be grateful, positive and respectful. I do try my utmost best to be kind to others and make them smile.

I use my photography to show others the world through my lens and maybe brighten their day.

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my post.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share, and leave a comment. I read all my comments, and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

What is on your music playlist right now?

I love music, all genres really. What I listen to all depends on what mood I am in. For the past few months, I have been listening to Country music. I have a Spotify account and these days I use it to listen to music. The collection of music is fantastic.

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my post.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share, and leave a comment. I read all my comments, and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Where do you go when you need solitude?

I can find solitude anywhere in nature. Even in my garden. But when I really have a big decision to make or I am spinning out of control the best place for me is to go for walk on the beach all by myself until I feel calm.

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my post.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share, and leave a comment. I read all my comments, and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Grand Tour of Scotland: Arrival Day: 11 August 2019

I finally finished up with our first day in Edinburgh and is busy with day 2… I still have not decided how I am going to post it because there are thousands of photos and I would really like to share them all with you…

Now just to let you know, every evening I made notes on my phone about the day we had all the ups and downs all the interesting facts we learned but due to the theft of my phone all that information is gone along with the photo’s of our rooms, decor and selfies of dad and myself. I am just glad I posted a few photos on my blog so you will see some of them again to fill in the gaps of our days.

When we landed in Edinburgh the rain was really coming down hard and I realised that my planning for day 1 won’t be possible… But I was positive that maybe it will stop and we could at least see something on day 1.

Sarah from Nordic Visitor arranged a driver for us from the airport to our Guesthouse. I started stressing when our flight got delayed by nearly an hour. What if the driver had other appointments and had to leave…. But as per usual I stressed for nothing.

After collecting our luggage we head to the arrival hall and there he was. Unfortunately I can’t remember his name lost that information too… Neatly dressed in his black suit, white shirt and black tie. Well this is not something you see in South Africa only if you hire a limousine maybe.

He was really enthusiastic about his city and the history behind it. He asked me what our plans was while staying in Edinburgh I told him all about my research and the places I would like to see. He then said if we are not in a hurry he will show us some of the places and also a few more. I  was overwhelmed hoping I remember all the places and streets. He gave us an information overload and I started taking notes like mad. I have a good memory but between the information, traffic rules and beautiful buildings I knew I would forget some of it.

Funny how a person’s memory works, While I am busy editing some information comes back and some  I just can’t seem to remember.

Our driver dropped us off at Ben Cruachan Guesthouse and we were received by our hostess…. Oops I forgot her name now….  Well hopefully it will come back to me.

This would be our home away from home for 2 nights. Well our room was so beautiful and had a nice view of the garden. It was really coming down and dad and I first had some coffee and relaxed before we decided to go for a walk in the rain in Edinburgh.

 

We put on our rain jackets, took the umbrella and of course I took my camera…. We changed our plans a bit we were just going to explore some of the streets around the Guest House….

While walking and taking photos it started raining very hard and we saw a Pub that is open and we headed in for a nice dinner and hopefully it will have stopped raining when we were finished.

Bushwick Pub and Grill was very cozy but not very busy. The waiter gave us a window seat. I think he saw the camera and knew that I would like to take some photos. Dad ordered a draft and I ordered a Banana Milkshake….. When the waiter put down the milkshake in front of my my jaw dropped I did not expect a mega mega Milkshake…. I could not even finished it… So sad though it was delicious and I will definitely go there again if I am ever in Edinburgh again. That is if they are still there of course. We also ordered a burger and chips and when the waiter put it down in front of us dad and I just looked at each other and right there we decided that the people at Bushwick don’t believe in normal they go big…..

Well needless to say I could not finish my dinner. I ate my chips and drank my milkshake as far as I could. I asked if they can put my burger in a takeaway container so that I can enjoy it a bit later.

It stopped raining and dad I headed back to the guesthouse I took some more photos and when we got “home” I took a nice hot shower and had a glass of sherry to keep me warm.  After my shower I tackled my burger and I could not finish it….

We were very tired after the flight and went to bed just after 10 pm.

Thank you for exploring Scotland with us. I hope you enjoyed our first day just as much as we did.

 

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

 

 

 

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…..

Was it just coincidence?

If you go back a few posts I talked about visiting The Two Oceans Aquarium in the Victoria Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Well I am busy editing the photos, yes I know it’s been a while back but life is very busy on this end…

I came across these photos of the octopus and remembered how it moved along with my boyfriend. When he stood closer to the glass the Octopus also moved towards the glass. He then started moving his finger around against the glass the Octopus followed his finger with his one tentacle. It was very entertaining. When we moved on to the next exhibit we were talking about it and I am still wondering if it was a coincidence….

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.

First attempt making cabbage stew

For a while now I was crawing cabbage stew, but had no clue in how to make it or so I told myself.

Mom used to make it and I think I was afraid mine would not be as delicious as hers was. Over the weekend I decided to give it a go and see if I could do my mom proud.

I bought all the ingredients and yesterday I made my first pot of Cabbage stew. I got the recipe out of a Cookbook my mom gave to me when I started cooking in Highschool.

It came out delicious and dad asked me if he could have a bowl of cabbage stew for lunch.

I still wanted to freeze some for another day, but I could only freeze one meal for dad for that days that I can’t cook to make sure he has a hearty meal.

Cabbage, onions and potatoes. Taken with my Huawei P10

The end result. Taken with my Huawei P10.

All that is left over… Taken with my Huawei P10

Wet second day of spring…

It’s raining cats and dogs outside on this lazy Sunday afternoon.

I wanted to work on my website, but my boyfriend and I decided to take it easy today. Need to rest up for the busy week ahead.

Taken with my Huawei P10

Springtime!!!

I don’t know why I thought that today will be any different than yesterday…

Took Armand to maths class this morning and when I got outside it is overcast and cold… Not sunny and warm as I imagined it would be…

But it is 1 September, spring is here. This month I have a lot going on and looking forward to a very busy September 2018.

Busy on working on my website giving it a spring clean and streamlining it. Been neglecting it for far too long. My aim is to launch it within the next two weeks…

It is Matric Farewell season and I have a very interesting shoot coming up next Friday. Must say I am very excited about it.

I am also planning a day out with my dad on 13 September. We are going to the Westcoast National Park. Every year since 2009 I went to the park at least twice a year to take photos. Then my parents and I started making a day of it in 2011. But since my mother passed away in 2015 I/we haven’t been to the park again. While busy working on my website I went through my photos and I got the urge to go to the park again. So I went to my dad and asked if he would join me for the day. The best of all we are going in Sanparks week that means entry to the park is free from 10 to 14 September 2018.

Clivia from our garden. Taken with my Huawei P10.

Spring cleaning Coreen Kuhn Photography website

 

Just like we spring clean and declutter our houses I have decided that my website also needs a spring clean and declutter.

Over the next few weeks I will be working on my site and will also be posting some long overdue blog posts.

It’s been a while…..

Good day everyone,

Well I am back….  It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for me since October 2015.  But I am in a good place now.

Over the past few weeks I started editing photo’s of the last holiday my Mother went with us. Must admit I still get very emotional when I  work on the photo’s. Miss her so much but I know she is watching over me every single day.

Here are just a few of the over 4000 photo’s I took on our trip to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in July 2015. Believe me there is still allot on it’s way.

 

My Photo someones Quote: #187

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

Matteus 7:12

199

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #186

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

Peter Strup

195

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #185

The truth is more important than the facts.

Frank Lloyd Wright
188

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #183

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell187

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #184

Goals help you overcome short-term problems.

Hannah More186

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #182

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem
185

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #181

The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.

Denis Waitley184

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #180

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher183

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #179

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success..

Henry Ward Beecher182

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #178

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot181

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #177

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway180

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

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….
Garden_4961 Garden_4966 Garden_4968

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 2

Garden_4830 Garden_4832 Garden_4837 Garden_4840 Garden_4842 Garden_4848 Garden_4849 Garden_4851 Garden_4854 Garden_4886 Garden_4909 Garden_4932 Garden_4937 Garden_4950 Garden_4951

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

Garden_3751 Garden_3759 Garden_3761 Garden_3764 Garden_3768 Garden_3769 Garden_3771 Garden_3772 Garden_3773 Garden_3777 Garden_3783 Garden_3789 Garden_3792 Garden_3819 Garden_3821 Garden_3825 Garden_3846 Garden_3848

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.

My Photo someones Quote: #176

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer179

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #175

Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese…

178

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #174

To live you must experiment, to experiment you must have confidence, to have confidence you must be loved, to be loved you must love…
177

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #173

When there is more gratitude, there is less distrust.

Cheng Yen175

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #172

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

the author & perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy set before him endured the cross.

Heb 12:2174

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #171

Never lie to someone who trusts you, and never trust someone who lies to you.176

This is something that lies very close to my heart. Being lied to by my so called best friend for how many years. I trusted her with my deepest secrets just to find out she had a hidden agenda and pretended to be my friend…

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #170

The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.

Helen Keller173

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #169

Every scar has a story. Don’t be afraid to tell it.

172

Thanks for stopping by.

Coreen