Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 5

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

I just love Aloe’s and the orange and yellow went so well with the background.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 4

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 3

I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After I visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took me to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 2

I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took me to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 1

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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My Photo someone’s Quote: Day 25

 

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too”

Mark Twain

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My Photo someone’s Quote: Day 24

“How often we miss our life by focusing on the past or yearning for the future.”

Anne Wilson Schaef

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My Photo someone’s Quote: Day 22

“The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.”

Ben Stein

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My Photo someone’s Quote: Day 21

 

“Earth laughs in flowers.”  Ralph Waldo EmersonRenosterveld_9713 21

Renosterveld 2011

In August 2010 I was introduced to a Private Nature Reserve on one of the farms just around the corner from us. The Renosterveld  is split into many little Reserve’s on witch one is on Mooiplaas on the Bottelary Road. In 2010 I visited it 3 times. That was before I got so busy with photo shoots and editing.

I visited again in September 2011 but due to my workload never finished up editing the photo’s. I edited the photo’s as I needed one for my project My photo’s everyone’s/someone’s quotes. Today while waiting for my clients to arrive I decided to finish up the last 79 photo’s and free up some space on my hard drive.

These photo’s were still taken with my Canon EOS 500D with my EF 18-200mm 1:3.5-5:6 IS. I must be honest I still love my 500D it takes awesome photo’s but I really need to get my shutter button fixed. Sometimes it will focus when pressed halfway sometimes not. But here he was still working perfectly.

When I started editing the photo’s I had flower books all around me looking up names of the flowers and typing it in on my photo’s file name but as my workload increased I just edited. Hopefully one day I’ll have time to do the rest of my name searching. Well I have to if I want to make a book about all my flower photo’s of the Renosterveld. Maybe I must just take my photo’s to Tielman Roos of Mooiplaas and owner of the Private Nature Reserve to help me identify the photo’s. Who knows some of these beautiful flowers and plants may just be weeds…..

Here are just a few collages I compiled of the flowers that bloom in September in the Renosterveld….

One day I’ll write a proper article about the Renosterveld and share some more photo’s.

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Project 365 Photo a day: 365/176 – Wildebeest

Clara Anna Fontein

On our Bike trip to Blaauwberg we passed Clara Anna Fontein a stone throw away from our home. Clara Anna Fontein is a Private Game Reserve.  Well on our way to Blaauwberg I saw the Wildebeest in the field I tried to get hubbies attention but it did not work. When we stopped at Blaauwberg I asked him what route he was planning to take home. He asked me if I saw something and I said yes the Wildebeest at Clara Anna Fontein.  On our way back hubby took the turn off into Clara Anna Fontein so that I could take some photo’s of the Wildebeest. 

I have never been to Clara Anna Fontein but I hope to go visit there in the near future.  

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 23/52

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

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.
Dalai Lama

“If we couldn’t  laugh we would all go insane.” Robert Frost

Potsberg Private Nature Reserve, West Coast National Park, West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa, 2012

“Happiness is a state of mind not what’s in your wallet.” Byron Pulsifer

Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State, South Africa, 2012

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” Vince Lombardi

Potsberg Private Nature Reserve, West Coast National Park, West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa, 2012

“If daily you feel a sense of gratitude for the blessings of this life it will be a cushion & buffer when challenges arise.” Rose W-T

On route to Bloemfontein, Groot Karroo, South Africa, 2012

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a wife, a friend, a child, or a parent.” Barbara Bush

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

“Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark somber skies  blanket our thoughts.”  Dodinsky

Weekly Photo Challenge: Near and Far

Seeberg View Point, West Coast National Park, West Coast, South Africa

The rock and water puddle’s are near and the Mountains are far on the other side.

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The Flowers are near and the horizon of the ocean are far….

 

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 4/52

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“Like a morning dream, life becomes more and more bright the longer we live, and the reason of everything appears more clear. What has puzzled us before seems less mysterious, and the crooked paths look straighter as we approach the end.” – Jean Paul Richter

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“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

Renosterveld Private Nature Reserve on Mooiplaas, Brackenfell

“Earth is crammed with Heaven.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Renosterveld Private Nature Reserve on Mooiplaas, Brackenfell

“Each day offers us a new opportunity to take steps in the right direction, steps that enlighten, enrich or improve us and others.” Margaret Fishback

Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape - Springbok

“Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man, But sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who thinks he can.” – Vince Lombardi

Mountain Zebra National Park. Eastern Cape - Red Hartebeest

“All things come round to him who will but wait.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Mountain Zebra National Park. Eastern Cape - Zebra and Springbok

“Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.” – Richard Bach