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Textures

I’ve noticed that I’ve got quite a lot of shots of ‘nothing’.

Some of you might know what I mean by that without an explanation, but for those of you who don’t – Β I’ve taken shots of things that I thought might make an interesting shot, but then it didn’t, or it only sort of did. And it falls under no category like ‘family’, or ‘landscapes’, or ‘ cattle’. Β All of this happens of course, while exploring the limits of my abilities and creativity. Oh, and those of my camera… πŸ™‚

So I thought what I’d do is bore you all to tears with some of these pictures of absolutely nothing. And fill up some space while doing so.

My straw hat. I’m supposed to wear this on the farm, to protect my skin…but I forget it most of the time. πŸ™‚ (One of my very first random shots with new camera)

 

Concrete sleepers. I took this pic 2 days ago when I went off looking for things to photograph. (Playing, in other words…) πŸ™‚

 

 

This was taken with my Samsung, quite some time ago. It is a dried up mud hole, which I imagined at the time to be interesting.

 

We had some very old roof trusses sanded down, and we were quite pleased with the result. We’re not sure yet what we’re going to use them for.

 

Sand and stones, also taken some time ago with the little Samsung.

I could find a lot more, but I hear you yawning, so I’ll stop right here!!! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Framed

Today is a holiday in South Africa – Heritage Day, so we are all taking it easy and relaxing, or having a ‘braai’ -( barbecue).

So, without saying a lot more, I’m off to do some more ‘chilling’ for the day!

 

I went off the day before yesterday to take some pictures. I found a delightful old ruin, and took quite a few pictures of it. More of those later, for today this one will have to do.

Happy Monday to all!!!! πŸ™‚

Newsflash II: a dream come true

Remember a while ago I said that I’ve got so much to tell you? And then I told you the first bit of news? Well, it’s time for the second bit of news…

I’m sorry, but I can’t tell you softly:

WE ARE GOING TO EUROPE FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

I am just SO excited, I can’t find the words to describe it. It was my SO’s idea. We both love travelling, and we both haven’t done any travelling for a very long time, so he decided that we must see if we can have a White Christmas.

We haven’t got the whole trip planned yet, since we’re going to be driving ourselves and we want to be free to chop and change and go where we feel, when we feel like it.

We are flying to Frankfurt, and from there we’re driving down to meet my daughter in Munich, and from there we’ll probably go through Austria, down to the north of Italy, and through Switzerland back to Germany. We have booked a lovely place (we hope!) for Christmas – It is high up in the Swiss Alps, with gorgeous views, and we’re really hoping our dream of a White Christmas will come true. If it doesn’t, that’s also OK, I mean how can it not be?

These are of course not pictures I took, I had to ‘borrow’ them from the guesthouse’s site, just to give you an idea of where we’ll be Christmas!

 

The guesthouse in the mountains.

 

 

The View.

So there you have it! The final bit of my big news. πŸ™‚

 

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I’ve had a busy couple of weeks. And I find myself once again trying to catch up on all your posts. If it seems as if I’ve disappeared off the face of the earth, I haven’t, and I’ll try my best to catch up!

AND FINALLY, SOMETHING BRIGHT TO WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY WEEKEND!!!!! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ode to Trees

I think you allΒ know by now how much I love taking pictures of trees, dead or alive. I took a lot of tree photographs again last week, and when I browsed through them now, this one jumped out at me. It was a weird day, weather wise. Very cloudy without being cold, windy without being unpleasant, dark clouds all over, but sun shining from somewhere to light up random areas. As I was driving down the fence between us and the neighbour’s farm, the way the sun lit up the area in front of the tree, with the dark clouds behind, just seemed to beg for a photograph.

This picture stands on our neighbour’s farm, but pic taken from our farm.

 

“I hear the wind among the trees

Playing the celestial symphonies;

I see the branches downward bent,

Like keys of some great instrument.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I hope you all have a blessed, peaceful Sunday! πŸ™‚

Mellow Yellow

On Wednesday and Thursday, I took my new camera with to the farm in the late afternoon, to see if I could get an opportunity to take some pictures. I’ve been ‘playing’ with the camera to familiarize myself with it, and I’ve also tried to take a few serious pictures. Not a single one came out ‘wow! I have to share this!’, but I’m going to share a few in a series anyway, because I need the feedback.

On my drive around the farm, I saw this pretty tree. At first nothing amazing, just a tree with a pretty shape. When I got closer, though, I noticed that this tree was covered in the most beautiful yellow flowers! It was a happy tree, so I thought I’d try and capture some of it’s beauty.

Just so you know – my main aim was to play with focus. I was trying to get the bits I wanted to photograph in focus, and not the bits around it. It didn’t work all the time, but some came out OK. (I was trying manual focus.) The other thing was that the flowers were quite high up the tree, so I had to aim upwards all the time. Not an excuse, I know! πŸ™‚ Once I’m more comfortable with the camera I’m sure this will be a breeze! Talking of breezes, there was quite a strong breeze blowing, so I needed to get my timing right as well.

So, here goes!

Nothing much at first sight, I know!

Some of the first flower attempts.

A bit closer.

A pretty leaf cluster that caught my eye.

More fresh leaves and some berries (unopened flowers?)

While standing there trying to capture some flower pics, I heard a buzzing, and realized that there were hundreds of bees flying around. They were going crazy trying to sip at all the flowers, and it seemed that they were racing to see who could get to the most flowers in the shortest time. I’ve seen some of your amazing bee photos, and I tried to just catch one in a picture. I don’t have to tell you that it’s not easy! πŸ™‚ I have quite a few bee pictures – all out of focus! With the second to last attempt, I managed to get the bee more or less in focus, but the rest…well, not so much! πŸ™‚

Bees feasting.

Oi vey! I have a lot to learn yet! But, that’s fine by me, it’s a fun journey. πŸ™‚

After Wednesday’s adventure with the cow mama, I am feeling a lot better today. Thanks to all for your concern, I really appreciate it!

And that’s another week gone! Happy Friday to you, and enjoy the weekend! πŸ™‚

Lost, and found

I had an eventful day yesterday.

I had to treat the cattle for ticks. That involved getting them into the ‘kraal’, and then into the chute, so I could pour a special solution onto their backs that would kill off the ticks. Loooooong story short, the new momma took exception to me getting too close to her and the calf in the ‘kraal’, and she charged me. Yip, she made me fly like Superman…

I landed flat on my back, with her snorting down into my face. I can’t remember too much of the episode, though. All I remember is the charge, and me on my back with her over me. When I got up, my pants were ripped to shreds, and I could feel where my head hit the ground.

Today I’m feeling sore all over, and because I cannot remember much, I can’t for the life of me figure out why my hip feels like it is out of joint, or why it feels like someone kicked me on the inside of my knee… I think she butted me with her head too, because my shoulder, neck and jaw hurt like hell.

And today, I can laugh about it. Can you just picture it? This wannabe farmer on her back, screaming at the cow to go away? Hilarious. πŸ™‚

Since it was a physical impossibility for me to grab my camera and take pictures of this little comedy, I thought I’d post this very simple picture of a feather that a guinea fowl lost next to the road on the farm. I was walking along there a few days ago, when I found this pretty feather lying there in the grass, and I couldn’t resist taking a pic. (This was taken with my little Samsung.)

Guinea fowl lost it, I was lucky enough to find it! :0

I’m taking photographs with my new camera, and I’ll soon start using more and more of them on the blog – as soon as I’ve got a few that doesn’t look too much like ‘practice shots’!!! πŸ™‚

Chain saw massacre.

I spent two days in my ‘home town’ last week, partly to sort out some stuff with my house (always ‘stuff’ when you live far away from your property), and partly to spend some time with my friends as I miss them terribly. I don’t see them very often anymore since it’s a two hour drive to get there, and we don’t even talk on the phone that often anymore, as everybody has very busy lives.

On my way, on one of the roads close to Hartbeespoort, I had a huge shock. At first, my mind couldn’t take in what my eyes were seeing, but I stopped, turned around and took some photos, so I could share them with you.

At a bend in the road, there used to be a whole forest of blue gum trees – huge, old trees. And now, there are none. No trees. No wait, there are a few left, but looking at the carnage, the few standing will soon also fall victim to some chain saw swinging crazy person.

I know that they are not indigenous to South Africa. I know that they are being rooted out because they suck up a huge amount of water, water that other, local plants could rather use. But they’ve been there for ages. Long before all of us. So I’m upset that someone could make the decision to chop them off. Cut them down.Destroy the forest.

Slain trees.

Huge tree trunks

The radius of this next tree stump is at least 2m!!! 😦

A fallen giant.

Still standing…for now.

Am I stupid to be upset? They are seen as ‘unwanted aliens’, after all! πŸ™‚

On a more positive note. I came back home on Saturday afternoon, and on Sunday morning my SO and myself went to the farm to see that the cattle has water. This is what we found:

YES, another brand new baby girl!!!!!!

Sweetie pie having a drink!!!! πŸ™‚

On that positive, happy note, until we chat again, be blessed!!! πŸ™‚