The arrival of the New Year sparks off a Celebration wherever you happen to be in the World. Theres excitement all around, the mood is festive and the atmosphere is Jubilant. In Cape Town, the Minstrels Carnival procession starts at midnight and makes its way through the streets lined with crowds of onlookers, cheering and enjoying the spectacle.

On 2nd January, the procession hits the streets again, and the party continues as though it never finished. Jubilant is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Cape Town Minstrels Carnival, are my response to the prompt…

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2016 FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN – Glimpses

Cape Town 12 One Run, a celebration of Cape Town itself, the Culture, the People, the City, the Landmarks, all wrapped into one road race, 12 km from Milnerton to the City Centre. Thousands of runners took to the road, and in true Cape Town spirit, enjoyed every step of the way. Here are some glimpses of runners making their way through the City Centre en route to the finish.

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Walking in the area around the Stadsaal Caves in the Cederberg Wilderness area not far from Cape Town is like walking in what was once a Giants Playground. Huge rocks or boulders, I suppose, some as high as two or three storey buildings appear to have been carefully piled on top of another, as part of a Giants “lego” type game. Others just appear to have been rolled along the ground until they were just left standing where they still are now. Along the way you encounter various caves with small and large openings, huge in terms of human scale, eroded by wind, rain and time. It’s easy to imagine Giants living and roaming here:-). Just another great wonder of our amazing Planet.
Earth is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, and images of this Giants Playground are my response to the prompt…………..

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Like liquid Grafitti, colourful reflections from Fishing boats docked at Kalk Bay Harbour dance on the surface of the water. Influenced by tidal movement or passing boats the reflections transform the water surface into a continuous array of colourful patterns, of varying shapes sizes. Abstract is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and abstract images of the reflections are my response to the prompt.

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As the Sun descends towards the horizon, visitors on game drives in the Kgalagadi National Park start heading back to the Camps to ensure they get there before the gates close. The desolate camps are suddenly a hive of activity as everybody starts preparing dinner. More than likely this will be a open fire braai outside the chalet or tent as may be the case. Shortly after Dinner, the camp is quiet again as everybody gets some well deserved sleep, prior to waking up at the crack of dawn to head out for game drives as the next day dawns. Dinnertime is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the activity around the campsite at this time are my response to the prompt.

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The recent rains in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park have turned the semi arid Park into a Park that provides an abundance of feeding for its numerous animals. Healthy looking, well fed animals can be seen everywhere, both amongst the predators and the prey. I had an opportunity to photograph some of the youngsters, parents of future generations of their spcecies, assuming they can stay away from the numerous predators in the Park. Future is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of some younger generations of prey are my response to the prompt……….

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Storm clouds gather over the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, bringing promise of some welcome rain. During my recent visit to the Park, temperatures raced from a mere 9 degrees before sunrise to beyond 30 degrees within hours.
Situated in the Northernmost corner of the Northern Cape, and incorporating area within Botswana and Namibia, this arid to semi arid climate receives it’s rarely more than 100mm per annum of rainfall in summer, mostly falling during heavy thunderstorms.
It wasn’t long before the dramatic clouds were joined by thunder and lighting, and the inevitable rainstorm. Before long it was all over and transformed the arid landscape into one what appeared like a wetland with wonderful reflections of the 180deg rainbow overhead.
Landscape is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images before and after the storm are my response to the prompt.

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