Project 365 Photo a day: 365/156

Sneak Peak at Potsdam and it’s lovely flowers and game

WOW what a eventful day.  My parents and I went to the West Coast National Park and Potsberg to go look at the spring flowers blooming.  But more about the flowers and the day in the park at a later stage….

Something weird happened at one stage I lost the car’s fan belt. Now people I have no idea how or when.

But all the sports started after I had to do a emergency breaking because the man in front of me with his 4×4  just stopped put the bakkie in another gear and cruised on. From there my trouble started. I started struggling to turn the car even the slightest turn I had to put in all my muscle power. At one stage I got out of the car to see if I maybe have a flat tire or something and nothing was wrong.  I send hubby a message telling him I think the there is something wrong with the car’s power steering.

On our way out of the park we had to decide if we are going back the way we came or are we taking a new route. I am soooo glad we chose new route. A few kilometers outside the park the car started overheating and then the battery light came on. I went of the road and parked so that I could see why the car is overheating we did check the water and oil when I filled up the car this morning with diesel at the Langebaan service station. After I stopped and waited for the car to cool down so that I can check the water the car just did not want to start again it was dead nothing happened. So I send hubby a message to say the car broke down. If we had chosen the same route as this morning all of this would have happened in the park and cellphone reception in the park is very poor. Only here and there you will get a signal for a few seconds then it’s gone again.

Well hubby phoned uncle Leon Rall for help and he send two of his mechanics to come and have a look at the car. Petrus and Elvis really took very good care of us. Petrus phoned a man to ask him to find us a fanbelt. Then he went and buy it and came back and tried to fix the car. After they put in the new fan belt and jump started us, they said to play it safe they will follow us home to make sure we got there safe and sound. Ha Ha then the fun began. We drove a few kilometers and the car started boiling. Petrus and Elvis had a look to see what the problem could be. So it went on for the next 48km. It started getting dark and then all of the sudden all of the light in the car started to go on and off and then the Speedo, Ref counter, Clock and temperature just hit 0. I stopped and then poor Petrus who had to home long ago came to our aid again. Now the battery don’t charge…. What next. It was getting dark soon and my nerves were shot because I could not see a thing in the road. I phoned hubby again and told him that the car is dead…

He then told us to go to Malmesbury Police station. At that stage we were about 8km from Malmesbury. So Petrus and Elvis did their magic again and got us safe and sound at Malmesbury Police station.

I never thought that my flower outing would end up to be an 13 and half hour outing….

Even with the car that broke down I still had allot of fun and can not wait to share my flower and landscape photo’s with you all.

Just look here fan belt just missing…. Maybe it loved the scenery so much it decided to elope…

This is where the fan belt is suppose to be…

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 19/52

Bokkomlaan, Velddrif, West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

“Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.” Norman Vincent Peale

Lake Arthur, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Gandhi

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation of personal development.” Peter Shepherd

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

“Long-lasting change starts on the inside. By focusing your attention on things like becoming more honest, bold, or creative, you’ll find that the how-to of achieving your goals gets a whole lot easier.” Cheryl Richardson

Goose, Benoni, Country View, Gauteng, South Africa

“Everyone can think of the one thing that would make life better for them. But people are not so quick to answer the second question: What are you doing to make that change come true?” Catherine Pulsifer

Jacobsbaai, West Coast, South Africa

“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.” W. Clement Stone

Brittania Bay, West Coast, South Africa

“To become proficient in any field you must practice. There is simply no achievement without practice and tho more practice, provided it is none intelligently, the greater will the proficiency be and the sooner will it be attained.” Emmet Fox

My photography Break away August 2011: Part 2 of 5

Normally West Coast fever sets in on the second day of my stay in Brittania Bay and I sleep till about 9 o’clock.  However on 15 August 2011 I could not get out of bed early enough. I was awake form around 5 o’clock that morning.  I checked my camera equipment, made sure all my batteries were fully charged and all my memory cards  were clean. The reason for my excitement was Jackie and I were going to Postberg in the West Coast National park.

When Jackie woke up I was already dressed and ready for action. Ha ha but first we had to have a cup of tea and eat some breakfast. We left around 9 o’clock but had to make 2 stops on our way to the park. First we had to fill up the car and then we had to stop at the shop to fill up on energy bars, cooldrink, chips and whatever one needs to fuel your body.

Let me tell you a little about Postberg. Postberg is a privately owned Nature Reserve within the West Coast National Park. The park is usually closed to the public, but for a few weeks in August and September they open the gates and share the spectacular wall to wall carpet  of  flowers with the public.  But flowers are not the only attraction there are  antelope grazing between the flowers, Zebras, Ostriches,  tortoises, birds the list just go on and on. I also read on one of the many pages about Postberg that one can do whale watching also.

Jackie and I headed straight for Postberg and when we got there we were not disappointed. Flowers everywhere and in the distance there was Springbokkies grazing. I tried to take a photo but my 200mm just were not up to it. Jackie took some photo’s with her 500mm it came out great. We totally got lost in the carpet of flowers. Stopping regularly to take some photo’s. It was awesome and one could only thank our Heavenly Farther for such a spectacular picture.  We saw some Blesbok, Sprinbok and Eland. I also captured two little foxes without even realizing it.

While we were driving we spotted a turtle on its back. Jackie stopped and I got out to help the little tortoise back on it’s four paws.  I walked back to the car and when I looked back again it was gone…. My good deed for the day.

After our visit to Postberg we visited Abraham’s kraal Bird hide and of course a visit to Geelbek for some lovely Cake and tea.

Jackie’s camera’s battery died on her while photographing birds at the Abraham’s Kraal Bird hide. I saw the opportunity to take her 500mm for a test drive.  Hie Hie I got some great shots. But at this stage I will not invest in a 500mm yet. In the future yes. But for now I would like to build on my portrait photography kit.

I enjoyed my visit to Postberg allot and if I am able to do it this year again I would do it. This time I want to take the family out for the day.  It’s only a 90 minute drive from our home.

Here are some of the photo’s I took at Postberg and at the Bird hides.


Thank you for your time. Look out for part 3 of my Photography Break away.