University of Cape Town,
This is my grad School. I am pursuing an MPhil in Urban Infrastructure & Management and its not easy for a newbie dad and husband!
It is made worse by all the steps/Stairs you have to take to and from school … the infamous Jemmie steps!
All Hail UCT Jemmie Steps!!! Keep walking.
I will forever remember these steps!!
Lagoon Beach Hotel Terrace,
Lagoon Beach Hotel is not too far from home so every once in a while my wife and I like to go watch the sunset over the Atlantic ocean here. It is nice to watch the sun go down and the lights come up in the city at the foot of the mountain. The scene changes drastically from light to darkness making it all the more interesting. Having learnt how to shoot a timelapse a few weeks ago ( thanx @truthslinger ) I have attempted a few but today I will only share this 20 seconds or so captured over a period of just under an hour …
For those thinking about visiting Cape Town soon this is a nice place to stay and is worth your hard earned dollars! Meanwhile we shall keep enjoying the ambience and the sunsets! So long folks … the sun is about to set – Shabbat shalom!!
Look out for more Time lapses here soon!
Butterfly outside the office
Foreshore, Cape Town
I see this butterfly flying around over lunch hour but every time I think to get my camera it floats away into thin air. Today I got to take some quick pics of it. While shooting I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky … free! then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?
Then it occurred to me that everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
Beautiful baby born to wonderful parents! Baby Sierra, born to Mercy & Njenga and below ‘Aunty Kui playing ‘cha mama’ 🙂
The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace!
World of Birds
Today is my birthday! Praise God for this far he has brought me.
This reminds me of this day when my brothers and I went out to play with our home made sling-shots hunting for birds, specifically for pigeons. We found a group of boys with their bare bottoms showing through their torn shorts transfixed upon some strange bird perched on a tree. Everyone talked in hushed tones while others were quietly slipping away. One of them turned to us and made a hush sign for us to approach with caution.
“Hii ndeo ni nomaaa!” Kim warned us. Kim was the 1st body of my hood. He was so bad that Bogeyman checked his closet for Kim before he slept. Apparently this bird is probably the most revered, feared, loved and worshipped bird in the history of the world! It was believed that an owl’s hoot brought death. Infact it was an owl that predicted the deaths of both of Julius Ceasar and Agrippa!
I never got to hear the end of that story … neither did my brothers because none of us wanted to be there when and if it did hoot! Kim was left in a cloud of dust staring at our bare bottoms as we fled … fast and furious!!!
2 decades later (obviously that owl never hooted in my hearing) … I encountered this bird again in Cape Town and actually shared a space with it. You can imagine me walking into that cage hand in hand with my wife, palms sweating and still trying to look brave for her! The upside is that this time around I got to shoot the bird, but with very different type of weaponry.
And no …! it didnt hoot this time around!
Am gonna be counting birthdays for a looong loooong time!
World of Birds,
Know of those times when you stand between a rock and a hard place? And then you are reminded “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” … Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. With that mindset I delve into the world of birds |
I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”
And finally for them that seek love, here is something to ponder … “A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?” be wise!
This structure reaches some 60 meters into the open sky and offers a view of the Cape Town harbour and Table Bay, Table Mountain, Cape Town Stadium and most of the city’s congested traffic.
It’s been put there specifically to entertain tourists, following the commercial success of the London and Paris Eyes. Word around the office is that tickets are R70 a pop, which is a total bargain. Even South Africans can afford to save up and ride it once in a life time! 🙂
I live in Century City, one of the nicests places to live in (in my opinion) … very quiet and peaceful. I took this photo of on of our typical streets at dusk and the kind I hope to see in Kenya one day … with all the street lights working!
And below is the Oval, where my wife and I stretch our legs every so often in the quietness of the evenings.