Time

It’s more than likely that most people will have some recollection of at least a few New Years happenings during their lives, if not most of them (maybe not in chronological order :-) :-) .) Perhaps it was with a special person, or a special place, or a significant moment, or a specific incident, ..whatever it may be, but that single moment in every year when the clock strikes midnight and heralds in the New Year, somehow remains more easily rememberable. (hmmm.. not sure if that’s a word :-) :-) ).

So, do you remember where you were on the most recent New Years Eve? I do :-) I was in Porto overlooking the City, the Douro River and the Ponte Luis I bridge that crosses it, Fireworks lit up the sky as the clock struck midnight, and a New Year had arrived :-). Time is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the New Year fireworks at Porto are my response to the prompt…………

…..the journey continues……………..

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Vibrance

Reflections of the Vibrant colours of moored Fishing Trawlers at Hout Bay Harbour, appear to blend themselves into the ripples of the water. The weekly photo challenge prompt for this week is Vibrant, “to keep the winter gloom at Bay”. The bright sunny days in the Southern Hemisphere, certainly added another dimension to these vibrant reflections.

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Optimistic

I recently stumbled upon an article in the online version of the Daily Mail about the N222 from Peso de Regua to Pinhao in Northern Portugal being voted as the Worlds best road “for it’s location, cutting through the heart of the Douro Valley and the spectacular views it provides of the Valley below.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3052472/The-world-s-best-road-voted-Portugal-s-wine-region.html

So it’s pretty significant when you are from South Africa, some 10 000 km away, and just happen to be on a road trip in the area. So during my trip a few weeks ago, I did a bit more research and decided to organise an itinerary that  include the N222. Travelling in Europe during Winter, one is somewhat prepared for encountering some unpleasant weather, but not necessarily all the time !!. Well, during the two weeks that I was in Northern Portugal, it felt as though the entire winter rainfall happened in 10 consecutive days :-(. Despite this, I tried to remain optimistic, that every now and then, the weather would abate, and there would be an opportunity to shoot some images. Fortunately, some of this optimism came to fruition while driving along the N222. There were short periods of time when the rain would subside and the low level fog would lift to reveal the wonderful terraced landscape, before closing in again minutes later.

Optimistic is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images I shot along  the N222 are my response to the prompt…..

………….the journey continues…………………..

 

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Alphabet

Dancers from the Jazzart Dance group in Cape Town, performing a Dance piece at a Public Square in the inner City during the Infecting the City Arts Festival a while ago. Dancers were clad in outfits overprinted with extracts from local newspapers depicting news at the time. Alphabet is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the performance are my response to the prompt.

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Circles

When you first walk into the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, it takes a few moments to take it all in. The volume of the space, the numerous shapes in the intricate detailing and calligraphy, the diagonal rows in the red carpet, the shape of the columns etc. It is as if all these shapes and compete for your attention. Despite this, it is difficult to not notice the presence of the circles, in the domes,or in the huge chandelier suspended over the space. Truly inspirational.Circles is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Mosque’s interior are my respone to the prompt.

…..the journey continues…..

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Now

Travelling in Europe during South African summer usually requires one to make a serious temperature adjustment. Imagine boarding a plane when it’s 30deg C outside in the shade :-), and arriving at a substantially wet and colder place 15 hours later that is at least 25deg cooler!!. The unusually warmer temperatures in Germany at the moment, made this transition a lot easier, and presented a perfect opportunity to shoot some night images of the Hannover City Hall and the reflections onto the lake in the foreground, without needing numerous layers of clothing, scarves, beanies, gloves etc. Now is the prompt on the weekly photo challenge this week, and images of the Hannover City Hall are my response to the prompt..

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Gathering

With temperatures peaking at 34degC on a recent visit to the Addo Elephant Park near Port Elizabeth, herds of elephants headed towards the few waterholes in the Park. It was intriguing to watch hundreds of Elephants co-ordinate usage of these waterholes. As if by some pre arranged programming, groups of elephants, sometimes as large as 50, would gather in the proximity of a waterhole. Whilst one group was busy drinking and splashing at the waterhole, all the others just grazed ad waited patiently. Then as if by mutual agreement one of these waiting groups, would in a very organised movement, always ensuring that the little ones were protected, slowly make their way towards the waterhole. As they approached the waterhole, the group at the water would slowly start to move away, allowing the approaching group free access to the water. This process continued for hours, with some groups even returning a few times, without any apparent disagreement, or confrontation. Just mutual respect, and a real sense of sharing the valuable resource of water, perhaps a lesson humans can learn form these intelligent animals.

Gathering is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the various gatherings of elephants are my response to the prompt.

………the journey continues,,,,,,,,

 

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