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Christmas Rock – South Africa


Hi Everyone!

I know it has been years. How are you all doing???

Here is a little post about a place called Christmas Rock on the East Coast of South Africa. Please go easy on me as I am a little “blog” rusty so, I hope that you like it.

PACK THE CAR WE ARE GOING TO THE SEA SIDE!

What a fantastic break! Definitely well worth the 1000 Kilometer drive from Johannesburg to the Eastern Cape. I find with small kids its best to drive at night as much as possible, have breakfast on the way and chill on the first day if possible 🙂

The Christmas Rock itself used to be a caravan park which closed down about 30 years ago. Probably because of it being very secluded and off the beaten track.  The people who owned stands there stuck around and built houses and it became the community it is today. Consisting of lots of friendly old people that have had way too much sun. The village is surrounded by nature reserve there is no room for the community to grow,  get taken over by holiday makers or become commercialized. This is awesome if you want to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle. I simply loved it here.

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My son holding some Starfish and shells he found on rocks

The beaches go on for miles and miles with practically no people in sight. There are also scattered rocky parts that are filled with life and color. We even caught an Octopus!

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Christmas Rock Beach Sunset

It is quite incredible how standing on a quiet beach can give you some perspective.

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Stunning day on the beach lots of Shells in the sand.
Shells on the beach
I told you that there were lots of shells
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Christmas Rock beach from up on the hill

As Always.
Love and respect.
G

South African Big Sky Panorama


Had a little fun with this one. The photos used to construct this “Big Sky Panorama” were taken on top of the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday with my trusty blogging camera and merged together using Photoshop CS4.

I would like to give Don Charisma a shout for always being an inspiration and I believe I got the whole Big Sky idea from his blog. Head over there for loads of brilliant images.

Hope you enjoy…

South African Big Sky Panorama, Taken with a Pentax Optio WG2
South African Big Sky Panorama, Taken with a Pentax Optio WG2

As with all the photos on TherandomG, I am happy to send you the unbranded original to use for any reason whatsoever. (this one is over 8000px wide, nice and big)

As always.
Love and Respect
G

South African Aquarium


I took my family and the trusty point and shoot Pentax to uShaka today. I love it here! So many colors and things to look at. Pity about the no flash rule inside the aquarium but I totally understand the havoc that constant camera flashing would cause with the ecosystems and creatures within Marine World.

Please excuse the quality of these photos, not the best lighting and no real opportunity to set up each shot to get the best effects. Just quick on the trot :point and shoot” fun stuff today.

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The entrance to uShaka Sea World, Pentax Optio WG2
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Dont you just love the colors of marine life under UV? Pentax Optio WG2
The coolest things ever, Huge! Pentax Optio WG2
The coolest things ever, Huge! Pentax Optio WG2
Love this door. Pentax Optio WG2
Love this door. Pentax Optio WG2
Supposed to be the most deadly fish. Pentax Optio WG2
Supposed to be the most deadly fish. Pentax Optio WG2
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More UV Magic Pentax Optio WG2
R20 for a single potato! Pentax Optio WG2
R20 for a single potato! Pentax Optio WG2

As Always.
Love and respect.
G

Pilgrims Rest – Old Car


Have you ever been to Pilgrims Rest in South Africa? It is like the final frontier. I mean, this place is like a museum! A small olden day mining town in the mountainous region of Mpumalanga, formally known as Eastern Transvaal.

Generally the going here is pretty tough and I can’t help but to wonder what it must have been like living during the gold rush that happened in these parts all those years back. Driving vehicles like this and using technology that, well, no – there was no tech back then. 🙂

Take a look at this car, it ran for 20 years or so. How did they get spares to service and maintain for such a long time before it finally gave in to the environment? I think that people must have been pretty tough and resourceful back then.

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Shot with a Pentax WG2 . Pilgrims Rest a fantastic place to spend a day if you are ever in the area.

As always.
Love and respect.
G

South African Poinsettia – Spectacular Leaves.


I saw this while walking around the block today. The Poinsettia Tree or Shrub. Did you know that the requirement for this plant to change colors is 12 hours of darkness for 5 days in a row. This is called Photoperiodism.

Photo taken with a Pentax WG2
Photo taken with a Pentax WG2
Slightly different angle.
Slightly different angle.
Staring directly into the sun. I think this is my favorite of the 3 photos.
Staring directly into the sun. I think this is my favorite of the 3 photos.

As always.
Love and respect
G

South African Spider Web


I suppose these could be from anywhere but for Google’s sake and the fact that I took these photos at the Vaal Dam over the weekend, let’s leave the title as is? These photos were taken with a “point and shoot” Pentax camera and to my surprise I actually had an huge fun playing with it. Thanks LJ 🙂 Continue reading South African Spider Web