Rare

It’s not often that one arrives home to find something extraordinary happen moments before you arrive. Well, this happened to me a bit earlier today. As I parked my car in the street, I heard a loud sound, and noticed sparks coming from the electrical cables on the lamp post in the street that I needed to walk through on my way home. I rushed around the corner to see what had caused this, and noticed that what is probably a 300 ish year old Oak Tree had collapsed across the street, causing extensive damage to two cars, and at least one house. Thankfully, nobody was injured, as one looked around the enormity of what happened becomes apparent. It was not long before the City’s Disaster Management Teams arrived, to commence the clearing up operations. As darkness descended, the sound of Chain saws permeated the air, as the tree was being carefully cut into smaller pieces for removal, by crane in some instances. I can still hear the chain saws buzzing along as I am typing this. Rare is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the fallen tree, and the subsequent cleanup operation are my response to the prompt.

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Fun

How boring would the World be without diversity. I had to remind myself of this while walking along the Sea Point Promenade, a wide paved promenade that winds its way along the Atlantic Coastline, with magnificient views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Robben Island amongst many others. Frequented by Joggers, Cyclists, Walkers, Parents with children and strollers, Whale watchers, Ice cream sellers, Paragliders and others all just having fun and enjoying the space. Recently, they have been joined by another group, who, as it appears, are not interested in the beautiful environment, but rather the devices in their hands, Pokemon hunters!! The latest craze to arrive in Cape Town. Gathered in groups, some tethered to one another with multiple devices connected to a single powerbank, others isolated on their own, some comparing what was on their devices with one another, but I guess with one common goal, to catch as many Pokemons as possible. Perhaps not my idea of fun, yet this group of young and old people seemed to be having a great time, glued to their devices, while the rest of us, just enjoyed the beautiful environment we were in. Fun is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of these Pokemon hunters is response to the prompt

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Narrow

Cinque Terre in Italy refers to a group of five villages on the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera. This UNESCO World Heritage site, comprises villages that are connected by a network of trails and paths, boats and trains. Vehicular access is extremely limited with almost no vehicular access to most of the Villages. Terraces have been carefully built on the rugged steep slopes, resulting in narrow walkways between buildings and different areas of the village. One wonders how these narrow high buildings on steep slopes get larger items like furniture delivered. Imagine trying to deliver a double bed, or heavy appliances like a fridge or washing machine to one of these areas…. not easy!! Narrow is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of some of these narrow walkways is my response to the prompt.
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Cherry on Top

Cape Sugarbird enjoying the abundance of choice, in its search for the sweetest spot from numerous fully opened, brightly coloured pincushion flowers at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Cherry on top is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the sunbird on the Pincushion Flowers are my response to the prompt.

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Details

Like pearls on a necklace, perhaps lightbulbs on a chandelier, or maybe even lights above a Carousel at a Carnival, dewdrops on a spiders web can conjure up so many different images when you zoom in on the detail….. Detail is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of dewdrops on a spiders web are my response to the prompt…

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Look Up

After a long climb of 463 steps, you finally arrive at a walkway that circles the base of the dome of the Duomo in Florence. From here you are able to get a better look up at the 3600 sq m Fresco that adorns the inside of the dome. Reputed to be amongst the largest paintings in the world, designed and frescoed initially by Giorgio Vasari in the late 1500’s this representation of a large scene of the Last Judgement was later completed by Frederico Zuccari.

Look Up is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images looking up at the frescoes on the dome of Florence’s Duomo are my response to the prompt.

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Opposites

I’ve often heard that a 4×4 offroad type vehicle is a prerequisite for driving on the sandy corrugated roads roads of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Situated in the Northernmost corner of South Africa, this National Park does not have the Luxury of tarred roads like the Kruger National Park and others. Speed is limited to 40km/h and signs requesting that tyre pressures be lowered to prevent further damage to these corrugated roads, and to improve the driving experience are visible at all the camps in the park. On a recent visit to the Park, I had the privilege to witness a Cheetah cross one of these roads ahead of me. I couldn’t help but notice the opposites between the deep tyre tracks of the heavy fuel powered vehicles that had already travelled this road before me, contrasted with the delicate pawprints left behind by the fastest animal in the world as it swiftly made its way across one of these infamous Kgalagadi corrugated roads. Opposites is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the Cheetah crossing the tyre tracks is my response to the prompt.

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