Colourful contrasts………..

Yesterday, I posted an unconventional response to the Weekly Photo Challenge topic – Fall. This being my follow up post is going to be somewhat similar, in that its unconventional in its approach, though its also similar in that it also is about a season. I can see you’re wondering what I’m on about?? well, the fact is that while its FALL (or Autumn as we call it here) in the Northern Hemisphere, it is Spring in the Southern hemisphere. So colourful contrasts is about these two diametrically opposite seasons, opposite, yet both filled with colour. The falling leaves during FALL with a wonderfully warm colour palette and amazing light, and on the opposite end the bright vibrant colour palette of Spring with the blooming of new leaves and flowers.
I posted recently about the wild flowers in the Postberg reserve not too far out of Cape Town, and the wildflower displays at this time of the year. I was there a few weeks ago, camera in hand to capture some of the vibrant Spring colours.
Todays images are of the colourful contrasts of the FALL and shows off the arrival of Spring. Look out for pair of the Zebras who joined me in enjoying the splash of colour :-)…………………the journey continues…………..

Weekly Photo Challenge : Fall

Its been a busy week, so this is my first post in a few days……I decided I’m going with the unconventional approach on todays photo challenge – fall. The Iconic Cape Town cooling towers stood large and proud on the outskirts of the City since they were built in the early 50’s. Undoubtedly an Icon, they would have been seen by many vistors to the City as they were located alongside the motorway to and from the City and the Airport. They had been decommissioned a while ago, and remained in place. Numerous options for converting the towers into something different were mooted, but nothing ever materialised. Anyway, the City announced sometime last year that the towers had become structurally unstable, and were destined to be imploded. It was a highly publicised event with thosands arriving to witness the “FALL” of the two towers affectionately known as the “two ladies of Athlone”.

The removal of these towers would obviously change the landscape of the area around it forever, imagine what it would be like if you relied on the towers for orientation, and they were not there anymore. The day of the implosion arrived soon enough and like many others, keen to get some shots of the implosion. Some anticipated the crowds and brought along various items to stand on to get a better view, I even noticed a few ladders.

It was a rather grey overcast day, quite blustery too, and uncomfortably cold, almost as though the weather gods were protesting at the removal of the landmark “ladies”. In a final act of protest, the heavens opened up with a shower of rain literally minutes before the scheduled implosion…….and while everybody scrambled for raincoats, and umbrellas, in the process of jostling for a better position……..there was a bizarre twist…..the implosion was triggered 3.5 minutes earlier……with many missing the moment. Eight seconds later, the “ladies” stood no more, and all that was left was pile of concrete rubble.

A year later, the neighbouring facebrick buildings still stand derelict, visitors to the City still drive past the site, totally oblivious of the fact that a pair of “ladies”  stood there for over 50 years until the City decided they should “FALL”……………the journey continues……………..