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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
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

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”

Groot Constantia; Old bath

Architecture — South Africa — 18th century
Historic buildings; Groot Constantia Old Bath/swimming pool

Cape Dutch architecture
18th century

Swimming in the forest,
Surrounded by monkeys; that must have been lots of fun

The land dispossession of black South Africans

The Land Act of 1913 formalised the land dispossession of black South Africans. It limited African land ownership to ‘native reserves’, with communal land tenure administered by traditional leaders. Other laws prevented Africans from owning land in white farming areas and prevented white farmers from leasing land to black tenants and share croppers* … almost 100yrs later … has anything really changed on the ground for the black South African?!

Beautiful farm,
Durbanville, South Africa

I hope one day this will read “The Land Act of 2013 formalised the land dispossession of white ‘South Africans’ … Other laws prevented Europeans from owning land in farming areas and prevented African farmers from leasing land to European tenants and share croppers
Nb: Africans by colonization doesn’t count
*Government programmes and policies/Land Reform

Mountain Splendour

This week I have shared Route 62 with you and it has been a real pleasure seeing all your comments and appreciation for ‘my Kenya in South Africa’.
I end the route 62 posts with one of the beautifully scenic mountain reserves that are in abundance in the Western cape. The mountains are supreme recreational areas, and most are accessible by extensive but discreet footpaths. They are a paradise for rock-climbers, adventure lovers and backpackers.

Mountain Splendour,
Route 62 Winelands

And there was evening, and morning
The 6th day

Capetonians doing what capetonians do ... watch sunsets!

Live here. Work there!

Driving down the 600km stretch of the wine route, it was impossible not to notice a pattern/trend; SMALL TOWN (coffee shops & cellars) followed by a LOOONG STRETCH OF WINE FARMS, then a run down WORKERS VILLAGE on a lonely stretch 😦 These workers put food on the nation’s tables, but the nation turns a blind eye to their living and working conditions. They lack decent housing, proper sanitation, access to clean water, electricity and often suffer inhumane evictions from farms … ya!

Workers village,
Route 62

Wine farms,
Montagu Springs

A little Wine is good for the soul?

I traced the usage of the word “wine” backward, from English, to Latin, Greek and finally to Hebrew. The survey shows that the four related words—wine in English, vinum in Latin, oinos in Greek and yayin in Hebrew—have been used historically to refer to the juice of the grape, whether fermented or unfermented. The Bible knows both fermented wine, which it disapproves, and unfermented grape juice, which it approves … according to Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D., Andrews University … And on that note I recommend INAH– good wine 🙂

Stellenbosch: Wine Capital of South Africa
Wine barrels