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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.
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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

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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

Praying Mantis


This is the biggest one that I have ever seen. Totally deserves a quick post.

Are you ready for one of the funniest words ever? In Afrikaans, which is the second language spoken here in South Africa. A Praying Mantis is called a “HOTTENTOTSGOT”. How cool is that? I wish I was involved in naming some stuff 🙂 No wait, I wish I could hear you trying to say that out loud. LOL.

These photos were taken in a hurry so please don’t expect too much.
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This one was actually quite friendly and was totally unfazed with me picking it up and looking at it.
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Named Praying Mantis due to its praying like stance or more likely for it’s deadly hunting style. You decide?
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On a happy note. After mating the female bites the males head off. I suppose that is one way to keep a guy faithful.

As always.
Love and respect.
G

A dry river bed in Namibia


I took these on the road between Rosh Pinah and Swakopmund in Namibia. It is quite a long uneventful drive that mainly consists of sand and dust. It is hot and dry with temperatures going as high as 40 degrees Celsius. This is an unforgiving place. A breakdown here could put you in serious danger of dehydration and over exposure to heat.
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After hours of nothing, the road gets a little bumpy and there is a sudden bend. Around the corner I find myself surrounded by color and the sounds of Cicada Beetles and birds. Totally AWESOME!
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What an awesome place to have a pit stop. There is a cool breeze blowing that makes the heat bearable. No people for miles, quite an incredible feeling. The feeling that all my money, stuff, contacts and loved ones are in this moment totally irrelevant. I have no cell phone signal and I am truly alone. All I have are memories and stories and a longing to be home that is constantly with me.
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On the road again.

As always.
Love and Respect
G