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Swan Lake Abstract

Dazzling golden light

Dances on the lake,

Golden swan lake copy

While the swan

Sails majestically on ripples.

Golden ripples copy

As the sun sets and twilight descends,

Lake and swan

Become a beautiful abstract.

(Summer is a gorgeous time in ‘my’ backyard!)

I’m selling these shots as prints, posters, photos, bags and cushions on my Red Bubble site. * End of shameless self-marketing*

Abstract swan copy

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Ruby rain

Purple drama

On the horizon,

Purple drama

Turning into

Ruby rain.

Rain passing

All we can do is stand

Humbled and awed

Before the power of nature.

Red rain

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The gift

One warm afternoon last year,

I was walking in an unexplored forest

And taking photos of Oscar.

Oscar_sitting

Suddenly, I looked up to see a deer

Gazing peacefully at me.

Deer face on copy

Our eyes locked for what felt like ages.

I felt the deer was trying to tell me something:

That you can find gifts in the most unexpected of places.

Running deer

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Swan, bedazzled

Serene

On a carpet of burnished gold

Silhouette

Swims a swan

In the dancing light

Of a shimmering sunset.

Dazzling copy

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Taste of Africa

This weekend we drove two hours to get to a charming placed called Taste of Africa –

Hidden in an out-of-the-way farm.

Taste shop

Apart from a shop and a café, the main experience here

Is cooking food together with others over outdoor fires

In true South African tradition.

Bread

Delicious bread

I was assigned to cook the main meal – a Cape Malay curry - for us vegetarians.

The food is cooked in cast-iron pots called potjie.

Potjie

Luckily, it was impossible to burn the food (my speciality)

And the curry was delicious. (Yes, I’m sure you’re as surprised as I was!)

I did see a sign that would be very appropriate in my own kitchen, however!

Survival

The food was delicious – as was the company -

And we enjoyed it under a canopy of clouds, rain

And dancing figures.

Dancing figures

It was a great way to meet new friends

And enrich the South African heritage of the kids.

Just had to throw in one of my favourite photographs of the anklebiters (taken a couple of years ago)…

Hammock copy

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Golden glow

Sometimes

All you need to see

Is the fiery golden glow of a sunset

To realize how magnificent life really is.

Glowing sunset dog copy

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Viking surprise

Every year, a replica of a Viking boat

Suddenly appears on our lake.

Boat reflected

It looked very pretty

As it rested in the sunlight.

Boat in sun

A man and his son make the boats by hand

And sail them too – even as far away as to Finland and Russia (from Sweden).

viking_sailing_away_Snapseed

I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

Details copy

The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

And – yes! – that’s Oscar checking the boat out.

Oscar and boat

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Dawn’s sigh

Early morning

Starts with a glow

Dawn glow

While ribbons of cloud

Sigh

Dawn's sigh

And sink into

Reflected beauty.

Ribbons copy

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May postcard

May is the time of birdsong and golden light.

A visitor dropped by – flew straight into the kitchen

And demanded coffee with a merry song.

Goldfinch

As the sun sets later and later,

Its golden light paints everything

With honeyed tones

Glittering jetty

And is the perfect background

For a friend’s dog shaking herself dry

After an evening dip.

Shake it copy

As for Oscar — he loves contemplating

A May sunset …

But no prizes for guessing

What he did next.

Yes – he went for a swim. After all, who could resist?

Sun dog

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Golden bowl

A magical May sunset

Dazzles,

Golden sunset

Embracing water and duck

In glitter,

Bright sunset

And the golden bowl of the sun

Is caught in a fiery net of trees.

Caught copy

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