Monthly Archives: May 2007

Which Famous Photographer Are You?

Which famous photographer are you?

Ansel Adams: Known for large scale silver gelatin landscapes especially of Yosemite National Park

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.”

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Berea Sunset

Berea Sunset

This was taken in Berea, Johannesburg sometime during 1985 or possibly early 1986. Shot with a Pentax Spotmatic-F.

Musical Fountain

Musical Fountain

This is the musical fountain at Wemmer Pan in Johannesburg, which is sadly no longer in operation. This photograph was taken during the late 1980s with a Pentax Spotmatic-F camera.

Electric Bug

Electric Bug

This started off as a zoom shot of the beach front lights of Strand. I couple of quick manipulations turned it into something quite different.

Not So Proudly South African

Trash 3I live in Strand, near Cape Town, a mere one to two hundred metres from the Lourens River, a small river that is little more than a stream unless it’s in spate. I don’t often go for walks by the river, preferring the beach, but today I decided near sunset to go for a walk by the river with Bonnie, our dog. Of course I took my camera along and was able to record the disgusting state of the river course.
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There are plastic bags, bottles, tins, food wrappers, etc., festooning the trees and rocks in the course, where they have been deposited by flood waters, after being swept downstream. Whether these have been discarded by the bergies (homeless people) that live along the river banks at various points, or simply thrown away indiscriminately by people as they finish their food or drink I can’t say.

Trash 2Other things I saw seem more deliberately discarded, like this purple plastic framework of a broken toy. Things like this are probably left by the bergies who move around the area, particularly on garbage day, collecting rubbish that they can sell to recycling companies. They have a disturbing tendency of smashing things they find to remove parts with a value and simply leaving the rest lying wherever they are. While I don’t begrudge these people the right to make a living, and am impressed by the way they organise themselves with different people handling different types of recyclables, it would be really nice if they would be a little less careless about the mess they leave behind.
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The worst things I saw though are things like this pile of newspapers, neatly bundled and packaged up into bags, before being dumped by the river. Sadly dumping like this can’t be blamed on those who may litter because of poverty or an upbringing where care for the environment was never a factor. These, and the piles of garden refuse are dumped by residents of the neighbourhood, the very people who should care most about the cleanliness of the local environment. It seems though that people care so little for the environment that they will simply dump their trash anywhere as long as it is out of sight of their property. I hope the moron that dumped those newspapers reads this post. Do you realise that you could have gotten rid of these newspapers by leaving them outside your house where they would have been collected by the bergies, who would not only remove them for you but earn a little money in the process?

Is Your Sister Hot

Yesterday, just before leaving work, I heard a ruckus on the other side of the office. Passing by there on my way out the door I discovered it was WeZ and Stilks debating whether it is possible for a guy to tell whether his sister is hot or not. Stilks says not but WeZ and the others around them all said it was possible. Liv was there to give a female perspective and sided with the others. Stilks seems to think that it is unnatural to even consider whether your sibling is hot or not. I think it is quite possible for anyone to recognise and acknowledge the beauty and sexiness of a sibling, or even a parent or child, without actually feeling sexual attraction towards them. What do you think?

Licensing Department – The Joy and the Sorrow

With all the woes of the new eNaTIS system implementation, it’s pleasing to note that not everyone is experiencing the problems that many are. Michelle had a great experience the other day; Nic on the other hand, not so much.

Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball

Flu Season Is Upon Us

I think I’m coming down with my first dose of flu for the year. Was feeling really tired yesterday and just managed to stay awake through CSI last night, then went to bed at 10h00. Never even touched my computer. Woke up vomiting around 00h40; but it wasn’t serious, here comes last night’s dinner kind of vomiting, but just a small amount of clear, acid fluid. I’m guessing it was probably phlegm from a post nasal drip or perhaps some kind of gastric reflux. I eventually dragged myself out of bed at 06h50 this morning with a sore throat and still feeling tired. By the time I’d had a shower and eaten some breakfast the throat was feeling better so I took an Advil for the stuffy head and brought a bottle of Andolex throat spray to work with me lest the sore throat return. I suspect that this will get worse over the next few days. The rest of the family seem to have some kind of bug too, and with all the benefits of central air conditioning at work, this will undoubtedly be shared with my colleagues; mind you that might be where it came from in the first place.

Pink Geranium

Pink Geranium

This is one of the first photos I’ve taken with my new camera.