Drought stricken forests, Newlands, Cape Town

A morning walk up the side of Table Mountain into Newlands Forest, just a day after some rain finally hit the drought stricken Cape Town. Our hope was that there would be some water in the small streams that flow through the forests, but the rivers were mostly dry, with very little water in those that did have. We’re down to the last dregs of the supply dams, desperate for the arrival of some winter rain.

An old wall from the canal to the woodcutters shed.
The mid section of the stream on Woodcutters path. No water in this section or above.
Sentinels guard the river bed waiting for the rain.
Felled pines lie forgotten by the cutters, but not by nature.
Roots growing around and over rocks. The immovable become encased, trapped.
Every which way one can go.

More New Zealand, a different view

Paths through the forest. One of the best things about New Zealand’s North Island is the forests. One could spend a lifetime just exploring them. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f8 12mm 1/80 ISO3200) 
La Rotisserie, the best roast duck I’ve ever had! Wellington, New Zealand
Tangles in the forest. Kapiti Island off the North Island west coast. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 60mm 1/30 ISO3200)
The Kūkupa (New Zealand wood pigeon), Kapiti island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f5.6 150mm 1/320 ISO800)
Forest path along the Pohangina river, North Island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 13mm 15s ISO200)
Water flows over the rivers rocks. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 36mm 3.2s ISO200)

New Zealand. Forests and rivers.

Torn between hunting trout and chasing light. The Hutt river, North Island, New Zealand. 


Sunset on Milnerton beach, Cape Town,  South Africa. What a place to live.

f5.6 1.6″ iso200 @14mm (ND1000+ND8)

Playing around, harbours and 10 stop mountains

So the day was spent relaxing and moving around different areas of Hout Bay, Cape Town. We started with a boat ride out to Duiker island so my daughter could see the seals. It’s a fun ride, the sea calm and none of the usual icy cold wind.

After that we wondered around the harbour. I was amazed to find 4 sunken trawlers lying in shallow water along the piers. This is a small harbour, and I could not figure out why these hulks were just left there, like drowned reminders of some past.

From there I took advantage of Chapman’s peak drive to find a piece of escarpment to photograph. I’ve just bought a Cambriox ND1000 filter to add to my bag, so was keen to try it out. 

I found that even 10 stops were too little, but then again it was midday. So I stacked a little (yes I know…bad bad bad) – CPL+ND1000+ND8 = 2+10+3 stops = 48s @iso200, f14. I’m rather pleased with the result. Looking in Lightroom6, there was no colour cast, and only slight vignetting from the stacking, which was easily fixed in post. 

The full scene taken with a Huawei P9, just to show the vista. I want/need a 10 or 12 mm wide angle!!!

Till next time


There’s more to an island than it’s isolation.

Living in Cape Town means being within a short ferry ride to Robben Island. This historical island was home to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, a trio of decommissioned World War II 9inch naval guns as well as a handful of ship wrecks that litter it’s coast. 

Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles peak out over a fog bank Cape Town.  (f18 20mm 60″ ISO200)

Hartlaubs gulls take to the air. ( f10 14mm 1/200 ISO200)

Trees on the horizon, clouds in the sky.

(f18 14mm 10″ ISO200)

One of the wrecks, facing towards the sea from which it came. (f18 28mm 20″ ISO 200)

As the Sun sets, the moon becomes visible. (f16 14mm 15″ ISO200)

Stars above. The Southern Cross above what’s left of a fishing trawler. (f3.5 14mm 33″ ISO200)

The journey back to the mainland aboard the ferry, the Susan Kruger.
All in all, an interesting time spent on the island. Till next time. Cheers.

Sun, sea, but no clouds

So, my 14-42mm is still at the repair centre. Rather irritating, but makes one think a bit more when looking for scenes to capture.

Went down to the seashore at Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, this evening hoping to get some images of the sunset. The beach is quite a popular one, so a lot of people around, making a clean people free image a challenge. Eventually I managed an ok picture, but I find it funny that even when people see you are trying to take a picture, they will either walk in front or just stand in the way. Strange. 

Could have done with some clouds in the sunset, but we can’t always have what we want. 

2″ @ 40mm f5.6 ISO200
Till next time.