Good Morning: 20 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful sunny Wednesday.

After doing the cleaning and laundry yesterday, I started feeling very bad. The same tired feeling I had when I had Covid beginning of September. They did say that I will experience some flu like symptoms, but I really felt bad. This morning I am feeling a bit better, but I am going to take it easy today.

As you have noticed over the past few months I have made a few changes here on my blog. I am also busy changing the direction of my photography. I love capturing nature and landscapes, and after I finished my diploma I made a decision to rather focus my talents it. After looking at the photo books of the International Landscape Photographer of the year competition I decided that I am going to enter 4 photos into the 2023 competition. What do I have to loose? It would be a honor just to be published in the book as one of the 101 photos of the year.

But before I can do that I have to focus on my assignment. From November on I will be out on the road a lot to go and capture the photos for my assignment.

I also downloaded an additional weather app called Clear Outside. This App gives me a little more information that I need for my Landscape Photography like the different cloud cover and fog.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely hot sunny day. With a maximum temperature of 29 °C.

YR Weather App
YR Weather App
YR Weather App
Clear Outside Weather App
Clear Outside Weather App

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Edit Stonehill River Lodge📷
  • Gaelic Lesson🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  • Prepare dinner

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 19 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful sunny Tuesday.

Yesterday I got my second vaccination. This morning I can hardly move my arm and I do have light cold symptoms. I will drink something for it after I have finished this post.

I did go and buy myself cross trainers yesterday. Hi-Tec Warrior II Trail. This was the only shoe I could find in black and that has enough grip. In my price range off course. I prefer New Balance or Asics but they did not have what I was looking for. I will only be using these when I go to parks and take Willow for a walk. I will use my Hi-tec Hiking boots for the rest.

Up next on my list for photography shoes is Welly boots, but that I will only need in Winter, for now I am only shopping around.

Today I have a busy day ahead. Laundry and Cleaning is on my list as well as editing.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely hot sunny day. With a maximum temperature of 27 °C.

YR Weather App
Clear Outside Weather App

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Put out the trash ✔
  • Laundry
  • Vacuum home ✔✔
  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Gaelic Lesson🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
  • Prepare dinner

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 18 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful sunny Monday.

I have a busy morning ahead. Going for my vaccine and then I HAVE to go buy my cross trainers. I keep saying I am going to and then when I see the mall is too busy for my liking I just leave it. But today I have to, mine is really coming apart now.

We are not doing laundry today we are going to do it tomorrow when it is a bit warmer.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely wet, windy and cold day. With a maximum temperature of 20 °C. They predicted winds of up to 28km/h during the day.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Go for second Vaccination
  • Go to supermarket for weeks fresh produce.
  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Gaelic Lesson
  • Prepare dinner

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 17 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful cool day.

Last night I decided to go and take photos of a small woodland not far from my home. I asked Morné if he can accompany me because I was not sure if it would be safe. More on this in a post later today.

Today I am taking it easy, going to watch some videos on YouTube. Edit some more photos of my Grand Tour of Scotland.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely wet, windy and cold day. With a maximum temperature of 16 °C. They predicted rain and winds of 22km/h during the day.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Recce Kuils River Corridor
  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Scedule posts
  • Do some research on parks and nature reserves to recce

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 16 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful cool day.

I woke up at 5:40am this morning. I looked outside my window, it was getting lighter but the wind was blowing and it was raining. I went back to bed. I am burning to go to Botterblom Nature Reserve to take some photos.

Today I am taking it easy, going to watch some videos on YouTube. Edit some more photos of my Grand Tour of Scotland and then schedule some posts for the upcoming week.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely wet, windy and cold day. With a maximum temperature of 15 °C. The predicted rain and winds of 32km/h.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Scedule posts
  • Do some research on parks and nature reserves to recce

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

New Photography Project!!!!!

Good morning friends,

I have very exciting news. Well for me it is anyway. I decided to start exploring and photographing the nature reserves and parks within a 100km radius of my home. This project will keep me busy for a few years I think.

I got this idea while watching all the YouTube videos of the different photographers I follow. While watching their videos, I got jealous because they have such beautiful landscapes, seascapes and woodlands to photograph. They go out early mornings while it is still dark, hike to the desired location and take the most beautiful photos at sunrise.

Here in South Africa we also have very beautiful locations and hidden gems. Most of our nature reserves only opens from 7:00am and close at 7:00pm. As a result I won’t be able to do a sunrise or sunset shoot in these reserves. The reserves that is open 24 hours a day are not always very safe. I will not be able to go hike and take photos on my own before sunrise or after sunset. Even during the day it is not safe.

But I am not going to let this unfortunate situation stop me from exploring. I have Willow, and I will take her with me to the reserves and parks that do allow dogs when I do my recce visits. At first I am only going to explore the free and safe ones within a radius of 10km from home. I won’t be taking Willow with me every time I go out to take photos though. She is still not fully trained and I won’t be able to concentrate on my compositions and photography if I have to keep an close eye on her the whole time.

I will leave the bigger and unsafe parks and reserves for the weekends when Morné or one of the boys can accompany me.

I am currently using Google maps, the All trails App and different hiking sites to help me compile my Recce list of Nature reserves and parks. According to All Trails there are 198 curated hiking trails to choose from. They are categorized from easy to hard. I will first start with the easy ones and work my way up to the hard ones as my fitness improves.

I am well aware that there are also a lot of small nature reserves and parks that are not on Google Maps or the different sites. As I am driving around I will keep an eye out for these gems and add them to my recce list.

My Recce list so far only includes Nature Reserves less than 10km radius from home.

  • Botterblom Nature Reserve (8 km) Free
  • Uitkamp Wetland Nature Reserve (8.9 km) Free
  • Bracken Nature Reserve (5.9 km) Free
  • Durbanville Nature Reserve (7.8 km) Free

This morning Willow and I went to the first one on my list.

Botterblom Nature Reserve

It is only 8 km from my home. It is not a very big reserve and the route Willow and I walked was only 0.88km.

Even though it is not a big reserve, it is packed with photo opportunities. If I go down low and take the photos at the right angles, you will never even know that it is in the middle of a populated area. I took some photos on my cellphone this morning on our recce visit. I spotted a lot of birdlife, wildflowers and landscapes to photograph. Over the next year I will visit the reserve once a month to capture the changes.

I am very excited, and can’t wait to get started. I want to photograph this location at sunrise and sunset. I will keep a close eye on the weather forecast for next week. I need a cloudy day for some of the photos I have in mind. For the flower and plant life photography I need enough light for the flowers to open and no wind if that is at all possible. My aim is to go before sunrise if I am lucky there won’t be any wind and I can take some awesome reflection photos.

Here are just a few of my favorite photographers on YouTube.

What I learned over the past few weeks watching all these photography videos is that if you don’t go out and look for that perfect photo you will never find it. The only way that you are going to get to know an area is to go out and visit it often. Don’t take all your photos at eye level. If you don’t get a photo it is not the end of the world, enjoy the time outside in nature and take in your surroundings. With the right light conditions a boring photo can be transformed into a fantastic photo.

What is my plan of action for this Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project?

  1. As soon as I identified a Park or Nature Reserve, I will take Willow, if they allow dogs, and we will recce the location.
  2. I will take photos of interesting areas with my cellphone.
  3. If I am happy with the location and see potential photos I will add it to my Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project list.
  4. If possible I would like to visit the locations on my Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project list at least once every 3 months.
  5. Those less than 20km away from home I would like to visit at least once a month.
  6. I will be focusing on documenting the Fauna and Flora in the park or Nature Reserve.
  7. Do some Landscape photography as well as some Abstract Landscape photography.
  8. Edit and share photos and experience.

Well that is it for now friends.

Thank you for your ongoing support and looking forward to share the progress my Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project with you.

Till next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

Good Morning: 15 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful cool day.

I got up just before 6:00am this morning. Willow and I went on a recce outing this morning, but more on this on a separate post later today. All that I can say is that I have a new photography project and I am looking forward to start with it.

The wind was cold and it looked like rain and I did not take any protective clothing with me, not even an umbrella. Willow enjoyed the outing and was very good until we got back to the car. This is a new thing. At home she can’t wait to get in the car. But when we have to go home after our walk she’s like a stubborn donkey and then go lie on the ground like a child when throwing a tantrum. She won’t get into the car. I have to pick her up and put her in the car….

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely cloudy and cool day. With a maximum temperature of 18 °C. The predicted rain and winds of 30km/h.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Recce Botterblom Nature Reserve ✔
  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Go to the Supermarket for the weekends fresh produce.🛒🥩🥛🍅🥔🥒🍄
  • Prepare dinner 🌮🍲

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 14 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this beautiful day.

Yesterday while we had load shedding Willow and I went for a walk at Sonstraaldam. There was a few people walking their dogs and Willow sniffed every tree and and every bin on the route. There was also a dead guinea fowl at the one tree. On our walk Willow did not really worry with the Guinea Fowl on our circle route, She was more into the trees. It was very hot and after 4km I decided it was time to go to the car for some water. Willow was very tired and hot, when we got to the car she went and lay down on the cool grass while I poured water in her bowl. She finished her water and we went home.

Last night the rain came down hard and the wind was blowing like mad. I looked at the tree branches moving with the wind and fell asleep.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely cloudy and cool day. With a maximum temperature of 18 °C.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Take Dad to the bank and Pharmacy
  • Buy myself new cross trainers. (Mine is falling apart, but they are soooo comfortable.)
  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Prepare dinner 🌮🍲

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 13 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this Wonderful Wednesday.

Yesterday we had load shedding and they forgot to turn it back on at 8:30am. They only turned it back on at 11:00. The only downside of having fiber now is when the power goes out we don’t have any internet connection.

I am fine with it, I go outside and work in the garden or clean the house. I don’t need power or the internet to do that. Lian on the other hand needs power and the internet to do his work. Yesterday he had to get out his laptop, luckily it was charged and I borrowed him my phone so that he can use it as hotspot to do his work. The electricity came on just in time, because his laptop battery was on the verge of dying.

Yesterday evening we was supposed to have load shedding from 10:00pm to 12:30am but at 9:24pm everything went dark here in Kraaifontein. Why do they even bother giving us schedules when they just switch it on and off whenever they want to.

Today we have load shedding again at 12:00pm till 2:30pm. I wanted to go to Sonstraaldam this morning with Willow, but decided to rather go during load shedding. I have set my alarm for 1:00pm to pull the car on the driveway.

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely cloudy day. With a maximum temperature of 24 °C. The wind is also going to pick up later in the day.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Prepare dinner 🌮🍲

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen

Good Morning: 12 October 2021

Good morning friends,

Hope you all had a peaceful nights rest and are ready for this fantastic Tuesday.

Clivia is flowering for first time in years.

Yesterday was a very busy day and this morning I feel it in my arms and calves. But it is a good feeling. I am definitely not use to hanging big heavy blankets on my own. I finished my last load of laundry yesterday at 1:30pm. It was such a hot day and everything got dry. Dad had a lot of washing after Miriam worked there over the weekend. Now we only need to wash his curtains. But that we will do when it is warmer.

I did not do much editing yesterday was too busy with laundry and running between my house, dad’s flat and the washing line. Yesterday, I walked around 10 km according to the app on my phone. This excluded the times I forgot my cellphone on my desk. That happens very often. I want to buy myself a watch with step counter and GPS , but need to save up for it first . I used my savings to buy my lens and filters.

We have loadshedding now. Willow and I are taking it easy. The electricity should come on around 8:30am. We did not go on our recce this morning. My garage doors back up batteries need to be replaced and only works with electricity at the moment. I had completely forgotten about loadshedding this morning. We have loadshedding again tonight at 10:00pm till 12:30am

According to the weather forecast we are having a lovely day. With a maximum temperature of 23 °C. The wind is also going to pick up later in the day.

On my To-Do List for today.

  • Take out the trash bin✔️
  • Edit Grand Tour of Scotland 2019 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿📷
  • Prepare dinner 🌮🍲

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and taking the time to look at my posts. I am truly grateful for every view, like and comment I receive.

Have a fabulous day.

🤗Big Virtual Hug 🤗

Coreen