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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”

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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,
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


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


where’er I turn my eye


I am surrounded by water. The sight and sound of it is therapeutic and so we spend a lot of time by the seaside. Often, like Nicole C. Mullen I wonder who told the ocean you can only come this far?” In the crushing waves I see the almighty power of God … that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies… Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye …

Indian Ocean- Garden route
Western Cape

And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne
I Sing the Mighty Power of God (Isaac Watts, pub.1715)


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 a 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 goin back there 🙂 … awesome for honeymooners for all yeah looking for honeymoon destinations 🙂 …naked and unashamed was taken here.

Wilderness beach,
Wilderness

Railway pass, near Kaaiman’s river
Wilderness