Kenyan in and around Cape Town

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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,

[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


Brewing a storm

Astronomers are greatly disappointed when, having traveled halfway around the world to see an eclipse, clouds prevent a sight of it; and yet a sense of relief accompanies the disappointment. Wednesday night was no different for me. Just when the moon was changing color 😦 a biiiiig dark cloud just covered it (so much for an eclipse tht lasted over 100 minutes!!). And for that reason I dedicate todays post to ‘clouds!’ in protest!!

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

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

Winter Sunsets [Sable Square]

Winter is upon us. Sun rays, let alone sunsets are rare. The sun is distant and as the winter months approach ,it will become scarce. Clouds are heavy, everyone is gloomy and heavily dressed and generally the happiness is gone. I tend to think Capetonians are solar powered. I will therefore stop at nothing (even traffic) to shoot a glorious sunset when it does show. Maybe it will brighten someones day.

Wednesday May 11, 5.45pm
Sable Square, Cape Town

Maybe we will get some of this back 🙂
Someday, Last summer in Bloubergstrand

Sea wall to save village from waves

According to the Daily Nation, Ngomeni villagers have joined hands in building a sea wall to protect themselves from strong waves.The work they were contracted to do involves digging trenches and filling them with stones. Over the years, the coastal village, 160 kilometres north of Mombasa town and 20 kilometres from Malindi town, has been battling with the effects of rising sea levels.

The (proudly South African) solution: dolosse
A dolos (plural dolosse) is a concrete block in a complex geometric shape weighing up to 20 tons, used in great numbers to protect harbour walls from the erosive force of ocean waves. They were developed in East London, a port city in South Africa, in 1963 and are found in millions around the world. Is it too hard for the Kenyan government to do this for Ngomeni villagers?!

Robben Island, Cape Town

Pingo- Pingu’s Body guard

After interrogating Pingu and Pinga our investigations team have found Pingo who is a friend of Pingu and Pinga. He is a bit of a daredevil and often persuades Pingu to do wild & silly things. We caught him flexing his muscles … maybe for Pingi? The last of the Pingu series (for now) …

Pingo- Flexing his muscles,
Boulders Beach, Simonstown

Pingi … Pingu’s Galfriend

Pingi is Pingu’s love interest and Pinga’s friend. Pinga is sometimes jealous of Pingi because Pingu pays more attention to Pingi than to her …
You will have to come to Cape Town to see for yourself! This was my “back in the day” moment over the weekend 🙂

Pingu & Pingi,
Boulders Beach- Somonstown

Pingu & Pinga- found them!

Remember growing up watching Pingu the penguin who frequently went on adventures with his little sister Pinga & often got into mischief with his best friend Robby the Seal? And all dialogue was in a honking “penguin language”? Well I found them … but I couldnt tell which one was pingu or panga.

Penguin Colony,
Boulders beach, Simonstown

Pingu and Pinga taking a stroll,
Boulders beach