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Tall chick with a big ass


Cape Point,
South Western most tip of Africa!

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke,” and turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?” “I’ll have the same,” says the ostrich. A short time later the waitress returns with the order. “That will be R9.40 please.” The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.

The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke.” The ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.” Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change. This becomes routine until the two enter again. “The usual asks the waitress?” “No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad,” says the man. “Same,” says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, “That will be R32.62.” Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.

The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?” “Well,” says the man, “several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.” “That’s brilliant!” says the waitress. “Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!” “That’s right…Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there,” says the man.

The waitress asks, “What’s with the ostrich?” The man sighs, pauses and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick with a big ass and long legs who agrees with everything I say..”

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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 [02 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 2nd of 4 posts:

[05]Naked and Unashamed
At creation, Adam and Eve “were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Before their sin, Like little kids, they made no connection between nudity and sexuality. However, because of their transgression they became aware of their own nakedness. Their sin and sense of shame caused them to think differently about their bodies.

Little Children
Wilderness Beach, Western Cape

“Aaaawww…cute! Such innocence…..makes me want mine back” kbaab
“sweeeeeeet kids! at wilderness beach..” Wangeci Gathua
Roger Gachago, Jackie Pepeno and Jean Githaiga like this.

[06] Higher Learning
If you ever studied at the University of Cape Town, Jammie steps were your everyday exercise. 100 or so steps everyday to get to class in pursuit of a higher education (And all the health freaks said “Oo yeaaah!!”) Seeing all these students … future architects, engineers, artists, politicians, fraudsters, hackers etc … carrying bag-loads of books going up makes for a scene pregnant with potential (and all the latest trends in fashion). Everyone wants to study here, and esp lots of Kenyans do their Masters and PHDs here …

Any journey starts with a small step in the right direction…For those in UCT, the library couldn’t have been placed at a better position. Keep stepping!!! da gud doc.

[07] Someday when am 90 (part 2)
… then again sometimes you don’t want to grow old. You want to be the boy in the lake

Swartvlei,
Sedgefield- Garden route


“I like the posts, simple yet captivating with a story to tell. keep up the good work dude!” Kerrix

[08] The Cobra at sunset
Ratanga Junction: More than 30 attractions including 24 rides ranging from kiddie rides to family rides and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers. One of the most challenging of the rides is The Cobra, a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 34m along 910m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. This ride is not for the faint-hearted (like me) … but I can take pictures of it

The Cobra,
Ratanga Junction


“Awesome shot man. I would ride that thing first then shoot it down #teamAdrenalinerush”


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


A rat with a cuter outfit!


Remember Company gardens? The place with the pigeons and yellow yellows? Another common phenomena here is the squirrel. Their life purpose is to search, collect, stockpile, and eat nuts and to avoid being run over by cars. While shooting these squirrels I had this fear that I would scare the wrong squirrel into making a distress call, find myself surrounded and subsequently attacked by an army of squirrels.


I can envision it now, this attack of the squirrels…I’m innocently walking about the gardens, taking pictures … probably daydreaming, when all of a sudden I tramp unacceptably close to this overreacting squirrel, and I am suddenly in the midst of a squirrel army.Gray-coated platoons of nut-bearing squirrels align themselves in the branches of the surrounding trees. Others have come to rescue their defenseless nut-gathering ally and encircle me by land. I have the accidental army on all sides.


Then the General Squirrel gives the command to aim and fire. I am then bombarded by acorn after acorn. They pelt me with these little makeshift bullets as the land army rushes in to reclaim the fired missiles and restock their supply.

I have no idea how to escape this type of situation. So, now that I think of it, I should probably develop a strategy … After gaining all this education, I now possess and have the ability to pass on a little squirrel wisdom: “You can’t be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit”


What colour is your sky?


Molecules and small particles in the atmosphere change the direction of light rays, causing them to scatter and resulting in colorful sunsets. If the path is long enough, all of the blue and violet light scatters out of your line of sight. The other colors continue on their way to your eyes. This is why sunsets are often yellow, orange, and red

Pink Sky,
Sable Square, Milnerton

Boyz in the hood,
Blouberg Strand



Sunset beach,
Blouberg strand beach


Kakapo Shipwreck of 1900


The Kakapo left Cape Town for Sydney on a misty night.Captain Nicolaysen saw Chapman’s Peak and thought it was Cape Point. Thinking he had rounded the point, the Captain turned his ship to port (left), and headed straight for Noordhoek Beach. It came as a terrible surprise when, with the help of a strong tail wind and furnaces at full steam ahead, he hit the beach and wedged the Kakapo high and dry onto the soft sand. As day dawned, all twenty crewmen were able to disembark without even getting their feet wet. Capt. Nicholayson was so embarrassed at having beached this brand new steamship on its maiden voyage from Britain to Australia that he refused to get off or answer any questions.

Kakapo Shipwreck
Nordhoek beach


Kakapo Shipwreck
Nordhoek beach


Kakapo Shipwreck
Nordhoek beach


How did you die?


How Did You Die?
Did you tackle that trouble that came your way with a resolute heart and cheerful? Or hide your face from the light of day with a craven soul and fearful? Did you bury your head in the sand and suffocated to death or did you just grow old and weathered away, unable to move? Were you sickly and frail that no one could eat you? Did they leave you to die by yourself and watched as your feathers fell off one by one? Did the ants start eating you before you breathed your last? How did you die?

Dead bird stuck in the sand,
Nordhoek Beach


The Cobra at Sunset


Ratanga Junction: More than 30 attractions including 24 rides ranging from kiddie rides to family rides and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers. One of the most challenging of the rides is The Cobra, a suspended looping coaster which catapults riders from a height of 34m along 910m of track at up to four times the force of gravity and speeds of close to 100km per hour. Adding to the thrill of the ride is the suspension of riders beneath the track, feet flying free. This ride is not for the faint-hearted (like me) … but I can take pictures of it 🙂

The Cobra,
Ratanga Junction

Ysterplaat Air base,
Opposite Ratanga Junction

Watchtower,
Ysterplaat Air base


Half expected to be shot at taking this 🙂


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

Yellow Yellow,
Company gardens


People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us