Kenyan in and around Cape Town

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Untamed


Last Sabbath my family and I spent the afternoon at the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town. At the gardens there is this nice architectural piece that is playing host to an exhibition dubbed ‘untamed’ … a collaborative project exploring the lost balance between humankind and nature. You can find out more here if you are interested

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Retail Therapy


If you are married or have a galfriend that takes you shopping you probably can do shopfront design for a living 🙂 I have come to terms with what am told is an old concept known as “Retail therapy”- shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer’s mood or disposition (at the husbands expense). Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as “comfort buys” …

I have since learnt to appreciate shopfronts and different store concepts – this one here is a small mall at the clock tower (V&A Waterfront)


The Clock Tower


The Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower has always been an icon of old docks. Situated near the site of the original Bertie’s Landing Restaurant, the Waterfront Clock Tower acted as the original Port Captain’s office. Construction of the Clock Tower was completed in 1882.

Restoration of the Clock Tower was completed in 1997, and is now an important focal point in the V&As Waterfront’s urban design.


Rondebosch United church


Driving on Belmont Road, Rondebosch I saw this church that was built in 1953 … yet still as strong and imposing as ever …


This poem is found on the Rondebosch United church homepage;
Those parts of us which seem out of character.
Let us be boldly and gladly out of character.
Let us be creatures of paradox and variety:
creatures of contrast;
of light and shade:
creatures of faith.
God be our constant.
Let us step out of character into the unknown,
to struggle and love and do what we will.

Michael Leunig


Little red riding hood


This little red car park outside our gate … the background wasn’t so great and so I decided to give it … well no background


Abandoned!


Abandoned motor vehicle,
Ratanga Junction

Abandoned motor vehicle 2,
Ratanga Junction


Abandoned Lorry,
Ratanga Junction


2 boats and a bridge


I think we live in the coolest neighbourhood in South Africa. It has lots to offer for everyone…. alot will come from my escapades within and around Century City; Here are the boats that take you around Intaka Island, Century City!
Intaka Island,
Century City

Intaka Island,
Century City

Behind Knights bridge apartments,
Century City


Nikita 100 [04 of 4]


I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 3rd of 4 posts:

[13] All I need is 1 mic… 1 mic
Cape Town Jazz Festival,
Green Market square

[14] This train is bound for glory
Ysterplaat Air base,
Opposite Ratanga Junction

[15] Rolling landscape
Durbanville,
Western Cape

[16] yellow yellows
Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright. Its as though flowers have a soul! Sometimes I imagine flowers smelling us back while we enjoy their fragrance …

Company Gardens,
Cape Town


Nikita 100 [03 of 4]


I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love! this is the 3rd of 4 posts:

[09] Nyama! Nyamaa! Nyamaaa!
One day mankind will look back in horror at the carnivorous and murderous habits of its predecessors. The eating of animals and other living creatures will seem as barbaric and disgusting to future man as the eating of human meat now seems to the average person. Animal-eating is only one step below cannibalism. But thanks to ya’ll Bougain Villas animal-eaters for a wonderful evening!!

“NYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMA !!!! My taste buds are crying-out-loud hehehe !!!” jenny

[10] I gotta get a truck
Sometimes my wife and I just drive around looking for interesting subjects to photograph. Yesterday we came across this abandoned truck that read ‘photograph me’ all over it Someday I hope to live on a farm and drive down dusty roads carrying our harvest on one such track …

The photos are great, but the track looks terrible… Wes

[11] Shut your beak
I came across these two birds fighting (I assume …I really donno what birds do in this position) and instinctively took out my AK47 and shot what seemed like a ‘beaten to submission’ position … well more like “stay put and “SHUT UR BEAK!!” position (Like Arsenal ….

“I told you what I would do if you mentioned that Royal Wedding once more”!!!! great picture. Expression

[12] A little wine

Elseba Onyango-Oballah: hii ni?
Ans: yu know how yu set up for dinner, candles, wine … and the candle lights u the bottle in a magical way … thts wat u see here


Nikita 100 [01 of 4]


I recently published my 100th image on my ‘Nikita Chronicles’ album and for the rest of this week I will blog my 16 favourite images from that album; Thanks to all yea who have inspired me thus far and continue to do so through your comments, criticism, models etc 1 love!

[01] Someday when am 90
My wife and I have had so many great moments this past few months looking for places to photograph, enjoying sunsets and sometimes just enjoying God’s wonderful creation. I had one such moment on sabbath in Sedgefield watching this lake, and it occurred to me that I’m an old-fashioned guy… someday when am 90, I want to be sitting on a porch, rocking chair, big cup of tea in hand, my wife knitting sweaters beside me looking at some lake … … somewhat like the old man in Legends of the Fall … thinking to myself “honey we made it! we grew old together”

Swartvlei, Sedgefield,
Garden route

[02] Wilderness beach
Off the route 62 on the wine route is the small seaside town of Wilderness or Wildernis in afrikaans. Wilderness is renowned for it tranquil sea and beaches which stretch on forever, and has become an Internationally sought after holiday resort. Wilderness is also surrounded by many rivers and natural lakes and lagoons. This makes it a great spot for water sport enthusiasts, who flock there regularly! definitely going back there … awesome for honeymooners for all yeah looking for honeymoon destinations …naked and unashamed was taken here.

Wilderness beach,
Wilderness

[03] A bird in hand …
Growing up we ‘hunted’ pigeons for fun. My neighbor was sick one Sunday and so could not come with us. So after a succesful hunt we did the honorable thing; we packed a ‘dush’ drumstick in a matchbox for him (after roasting the rest of the bird of cos)! Company gardens would have been like heaven for us … pigeons feed off the palm of your hand. Back then I shot with a ‘feya’ (slingshot), now I shoot with a Camera

Company gardens,
Cape Town CBD


‘what a wonderful picture….’Judy Muigai
‘With this, my friend, you just killed it! Love the blog posting even more. Keep up!’ Mutahi Chiira

[04]Here ends another day
“Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?”
Ahhhh Bliss, this is beautiful. I will be dusting off my lens and trying to give you compe….Judy Muigai

‘Wow, very nice…I love the warmth, clarity of the silhouettes and composition. In other words, the photo came out really well!! and I second Mutua on that excursion vibe ;-)’ Njeri Gakuo