New Zealand. Forests and rivers.

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

Sunset 

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

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Cape Hangclip and Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Sunday saw a early start, driving out to Cape Hangklip, on the far side on False Bay, South Africa.

We left home at 4am to get there before the sunrise, driving along the coast road. This is possibly the most scenic road in false bay, where one is able to see right across to Cape Point on a clear day. Also a great place to whale watch in the August/September whale season. Awesome place to take photos, of waves and rocks and plenty of opportunities to explore along the route as well. I would say this is one the sunset side of the bay – that is best light at sunset.

Cape Hangkip sits at the East end of False Bay, just outside Pringle Bay. This is where the land end turns towards the east. So sunrise becomes the best light of day, although I will be checking out sunsets on this stretch as well in the future.

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The Cape Hangklip lighthouse

Unfortunately the skies at sunrise were not very interesting, with just a smudge of cloud. The waves however were not disappointing!

After the sun was well above the horizon, focus switched to the waves!! I love these in Black&White.

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Rene taking an image of the waves breaking over the rocks
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Waves and rocks
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Incoming waves striking the rocks.

From there it was off to Kogelberg Nature Reserve to take images of the river as it meanders through the mountains. Got there midday, so not the best in terms of light, but such as beautiful environment cannot be overlooked.

In the flow

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Into the Kogelberg Reserve. Such beautiful mountain waiting to be explored

That’s it for now – time to plan the next outing. More to learn, more to see, more to shoot.

A mixed day, of beaches and forests, rivers and rock

An early start on the rocky shores, and a day ended in the mountain forest. 

Harsh light and clear skies greeted us on the beach, with howling winds and spray clouding our eyes and lenses. 

And forests struggling to drink as the drought sets in its teeth, what little water there is spent between the living and the sunsets heat. 

End of the line. Rails to the edge. The tracks used to launch fishing vessels down the slipway.

Rocks in turbulent seas. 

What’s left of the river of life, cutting through the forest, quenching what thirsts it can before becoming a river of sand and rock.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…🎶🎶

Should have listened. The drought in South Africa has dropped the water levels in the streams to a very sad level. Lowest I’ve seen them in 15 years. Still beautiful to photograph.