My Visit at Sonstraaldam in the rain…

For a while now I wanted to go and visit Sonstraaldam. It’s a dam only a few kilometers away from my home and it is rich with bird life. The day I decided to go I took my student so that she could capture the different lines in photo’s. I of course spend my time capturing mostly the bird life. It was raining, cloudy and cold and allot of the birds I spotted on my previous visits was not to be seen. I want to go back when it’s sunny and a bit warmer. Preferably early morning. Here are some of the photo’s I took on my visit

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Blacksmith Lapwing
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Egyptian Goose Landing
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Egyptian Goose Landing
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Hadeda Ibis
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Hadeda Ibis

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Egyptian Goose
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Egyptian Goose
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Egyptian Geese

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Common Moorhen

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Spur-winged Goose
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Spur-winged Goose
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Crowned Cormorant
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Crowned Cormorant

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Reed Cormorant

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Egyptian Goose

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Reed Cormorant
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Reed Cormorant, Blacksmith Lapwing

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My Photo’s Someone’s Quotes: Day 145

“Great minds discuss Ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Aug23

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 126

Aug4

 

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.”

 Reba McEntire

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 29/52

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa,2010

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.” Henry David Thoreau

Country View Estate, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa,2012

“Four very powerful words to say to your child: I Believe in you.” Kevin Heath

Kraaifontein, Western Cape, South Africa, 2012

“Dreams are necessary to life.” Anais Nin

Potsberg, West Coast National Park, West Coast, Western Cape,South Africa,2012

“By constant self-discipline and self-control you can develop greatness of character.” Grenville Kleiser

Blaauwberg, Western Cape, South Africa,2012

” You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.” Zig Ziglar

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2010

“The more you care, the stronger you can be.”  Jim Rohn

On Route to Bloemfontein, South Africa,2012

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 26/52

Natal National Heritage Park, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2012

 

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” Native American Proverb

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 2010

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” Bruce Lee

Alpine Heath, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2012

“Go forth, under the open sky, and listen to Nature’s teachings.” William Cullen Bryant

West Coast National Park, West Coast, South Africa, 2012

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” Henry David Thoreau

 

Benoni, Country View, Gauteng, South Africa, 2012

“Nothing is an obstacle unless you say it is.” Wally Amos

West Coast National Park, West Coast, South Africa, 2012

“You can choose to focus on the difficult or on the joy, but when you concentrate on the special delights, the little heart-melting moments of raising a child, you realize what a magnificent path you have chosen.” Judy Ford

Country View, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa, 2012

“One of the most satisfying experiences in life is a deep appreciation of Nature.” Dorothea Kopplin

 

 

 

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 20/52

Zebra, Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” Denis Waitley

Table Mountain from Blaauwberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

” Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.” William Osler

Geese, Benoni, Country View, Gauteng, South Africa

“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.”  Anthony Robbins

Ground Squirrel, Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.”  Wally Amos

Karroo, South Africa

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” Mahummad Ali

Springbok, Mountain Zebra Mountain Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“The true test in life does not occur when all is going well.  The true test takes place when we are faced with challenges.” Catherine Pulsifer

Orange River, Free State, South Africa

“The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.” Joseph Addison

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/87

What a lovely winters day did we have. The sun was shining and we just had a light breeze here in Benoni.

Ronald, the boys and I went down to the lake again. I hoped to capture some close ups of the little Coot chicks but they were to far and the rest was between the reeds.

Yesterday we walked only to the one side and today we went in the opposite direction. We got to a spot where the geese was bathing and I spotted a LBJ with one long beak.  Just when I had it in my sight and pressed the shutter button it flew off… So before Friday I want a photo of that specific LBJ.  We were very lucky to see the Geese bathing and I got some lovely shots of  them spreading their wings.

Yesterday Hubby saw a blue bird and today we saw it again at the same spot. It was a Kingfisher I did get some shots of it but once again I want to get closer so tomorrow morning I’m waiting for it. It’s times like these that I wish I had a 500mm lens…

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/86

What a lazy day we had today. Watched some movies and this afternoon we went to the conservation area about 5 minutes walk from our friends house.

The wind was ice cold but we went anyway. One can’t just sit and do nothing the whole time even if you are on holiday.  At the lake we saw Coot’s, Ducks, Geese, Gulls and allot of LBJ’s.

I want to go down to the lake again tomorrow. There are little  Coot chicks  and want to see if I can get closer  and get a better shot of them.