The judge we had last night was from the Benoni/Boksburg club and what an amazing artist. She mostly does alter reality work. Something I would like to start playing with one day. Have a look at her work here, http://www.lkphotography.co.za/

Below is the result from last night.

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Image won: Best of Grade/Best of Junior/Best of Evening

Aperture ƒ/2.2,Camera NIKON D7100,Flash fired no,Focal length 50mm,ISO 250,Shutter speed 1/1000s,

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imageAfter a day of getting lost in the mountains, we decided to take it slow.  Our bodies were complaining and forced us to just take it easy for the day to recover from our getting lost adventure the previous day.  So we decided to spend the morning at Golden Gate Hotel  for breakfast and took in all natures beauty that we living in.  We are the most luckiest human beings to be walking on the soil of Africa.

 

Took a slow drive to see if today we might have some luck to see the bearded vultures, once again all that we found was like my wife called it: “animal grave yard” as all movement we noticed was the bones of carcases moving around from the one day to the next.  Still no vultures but the same mountains that every time you look at the landscape its Africa beauty born all over again. The first day we saw the mountains with clouds that changed the face of the land.  We took more roads into the mountains and I realise my wife needs 4×4 lessons as a small paddle of water she stops the momentum. Wonder who will push and who will steer. Lucky for me she made it through.

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If only we knew what was in store for us today,we might have just stayed in the cottage and enjoy the day there. But in the end it was worth it all. We decide to do one of the short hiking trips that would last about 45 minutes. Maybe do one rest a bit and do another one later the afternoon. We ended up taking a wrong turn and only get of the mountain about 5 hours later and doing a total distance of just over 10kms.

imageIt might sound like short distance for such a long time, but climbing up was the killer. We did the first part of the hike without any issues and it was easy. Had some amazing sightings in the all around. Didn’t take as much images as what I wanted to, for a change. Just wanted to take in what was around us and keep it as a memory.

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We started on the mushroom walk from the camp site in Glen Reenen Rest Camp. It takes you right under an overhang cliff where water drips from the top edges. From here it is down hill back to the main road over a small little stream. We decided instead of heading back to the camp via the road, go back up the path until where it splitted in two paths. There weren’t any markings show which path it is, so we just headed up the mountain on the path. Which looked easy from the bottom up and clearly weren’t. This part took the every bit of energy out of us. It is steep up, almost like climbing stairs with the steps either dug out with poles keep the “stairs” in place or rocks that you had to climb up.

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On day 2 my camera must have felt very lonely as it was a day I spend with my wife. It was our first wedding anniversary and we spend the day in each other’s company. The image above was captured the morning to remember the day and where we were for our first one. We started the day of with a special breakfast at our hut, before we headed of to Clarens. We decided to take it easy and we needed a few things, so we headed out to this little town in the mountains.

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We headed out straight after breakfast into the mystical town. Definitely not one of your typical small towns. It had this artist feeling to it. Might because there where so many galleries in the town of which not one had the same art on display. Now, I am not one that likes shops, but really enjoyed going in and out of each little shop to see what they had on display. Some had jewelry, while others had old furniture that were restored and even a place where you can make your own pocket knife.

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