Sunday, July 31, 2011


Bush fire in the Cradle of Mankind. Derrick, Canon EOS-1Ds Mk2, 135mm f2 L

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fence Walkers

The Cradle of Mankind area.
Merle.  5D Canon Mk2.  Canon 100-400mm L.


Merle. 5D Canon Mk2.  Canon 100-400mm L.

A Dry Winter

Merle.  5D Canon Mk 2.  Canon 100-400mm L


I bought Mira as a tiny kitten of just six weeks old from a pet shop in November 2009.  We struggled to name her and after about four months ended up with 'Mira' after the star with the same name which we can see from our patio in the Summer!
Merle.  5D Canon Mk 2.  Canon 100-400mm L

Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Rose called 'Spiced Coffee'

Merle.  Canon 5D Mk 11.  Macro 100mm

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Father's Day Morning

Silently floating over a smokey countryside early one Sunday morning (which happened to be Father's Day!) we were pleasantly surprised to see two balloons coming towards us.  There was absolutely no wind and we noticed the closer balloon getting lower and lower.  At one stage we thought it would get tangled in the telephone wires but then it moved on towards the Eskom power lines and finally landed out of sight.
The higher one floated right over where we were standing and we could see the lucky  passengers looking down at us.
Off it went forming a blue silhouette against the smokey morning sky.
Airplanes from various countries were flying over on their way to OR Tambo Intl Airport, this one however is South African airways.
Merle. Canon 5D Mk11.  100-400mm L.

~I Have Found a Resting Place~

A silvery new moon 'resting' on the Magaliesberg Mountains north of Johannnesburg.  The star on the left is Castor, twin to Pollux further up, in the constellation of Gemini.
Merle. Canon 5D Mk11. 100-400mm L.

The Landing

Merle. Canon 5D Mk11. 100-400mm L.

One year later - The 2010 Soccer World Cup

On the 11 June, we took a drive past the now famous Soccer City which hosted the first game of the World Cup in 2010.  Although we only qualified because we were the host nation, we scored the first goal in our game against Mexico to kick off the event.
Although the game ended in a draw we still went on to beat one of the favourites, France 2-1, which really raised the spirits of the home crowd.
Instead of the sounds of vuvuzellas and the many cheering fans, it was.... silent.  In the quietness of the late afternoon, if you closed your eyes and let your imagination take you back to that day a year ago, you could just maybe make out 'those sounds' floating on the evening breeze....
Merle. Canon 5D Mk11.  28-80mm L

Total Lunar Eclipse 15 June 2011

During the time that the moon was at it's darkest it was near impossible to focus!  A total eclipse is quite a rare event so we were fortunate that it took place during our Winter when we have crystal clear skies.  When the silver edge of the moon began to emerge it didn't take long for our shadow to move away and show a bright full moon.  I packed up after taking this last picture.
Merle.  Canon 5D Mk 11.  100-400mm L