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RobW_ PRO 12:23pm, 31 December 2006
How Do You Do?
Hi there! I am accepting the challenge of producing and posting a picture a day, every day of 2007, starting from tomorrow. I hope I can stick to it, and I hope I produce something of interest, to me and to others. I look forward to following many of your stories, too. I've met a few interesting people already, just from reviewing all these stubs. Good luck all my fellow-voyagers.

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drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
gorgeous! you and Rick, man. gorgeous shots one after the other
*claps
ReeBeckiSupergirl PRO 11 years ago
Beautiful beach..makes me wish I was walking along the beach with you!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Oh my goodness, what a nice invitation - strolling hand-in-hand with Becki on our beach, under the full moon! You'd better come over with Sunshinecity, so that I'm properly chaperoned. You can have Strawberry Daiquiri's at Freddie's Beach Bar to put you in the mood (or would you prefer Sex on the Beach?)

Thanks Glory - I'd better go and take a look at Rick's diary.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 4 May 2007
Spring Vineyards, Zakynthos


May Vineyards

I stopped on the way back from Zante Town this evening (with a load of drinks for the bar), to take some pictures of the olive groves and vineyards, in the same spot where I had taken photos six weeks earlier, on March 15. It is noticeable how much the vines have developed - here is what they looked like six weeks ago. As I pointed out then, these vines produce raisins, or currants, and will be harvested in the hot month of August.

By the way, the hill in the background is called Bochali; Zante Town, the harbour and the sea are on the other side, and hidden behind green pine trees on the crown of the hill are the stone walls of the old Venetian Castle, which covers the entire hilltop.

4 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Saturday, 5 May 2007
Olive Tree in a Rapeseed Field


Olive Tree in a Rape Field

Not too many inspiring photos today; we are really busy, and not everything is going according to plan. This scene did catch my eye as I left our driveway, of a neighbour's empty yellow field with a stunted olive tree in the middle; so I paused to shoot it through the car window.

5 May 2007
Loca.... 11 years ago
Hi Rob
I've been gone for long, come once in a while to update my own diary, but haven't had the time to comment on others. This will change soon, I hope. Today i took a little while to comment on some of you and you're diary makes want to know Greece more and more. It has a lot in common with Portugal, although the differences make me want to know that beautiful country.

Now for some comments on your pictures. I commented already in some of your photos, faved a few, they're great as usuall.

The one's that caught my eye were:
April the 18th: Beautiful Tsilivi flowers;
April 24th: That butterfly with only a good wing makes a real good contrast with the daisies, beautiful;
You're sunrises are great, I think you took them on the 25th;
Sophia, your neighbours little girl is beautiful, has a great smile and has the same age of my little girl Carlota. I think she will be all full of energie as my little girl, today, lateron I'll upload my diary with today's picture of Carlota. She grabed a marker pen and painted all over her face to look like a princess, she said....
Finally, i love that olive tree in a field of small yellow flowers, great picture.

Will come back soon, i hope.
:))

Loca
sunshinecity 11 years ago
*sneeze*... I'm allergic to Olive tree pollen, next time warn me before I walk in
; )

Gorgeous landscapes!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Loca, I saw your comments on my stream, and thanks for investing the time on a Sunday to visit me. As you say, there are many similarities among Mediterranean countries, although sometimes very interesting differences, different histories, different cultures.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
And Sunshine, better delay your trip for a little if you are allergic to springtime olive trees; Zakynthos has 7.5 million olive trees. They are everywhere.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sunday, 6 May 2007
Thomas Cook Incoming


Thomas Cook Incoming

A busy day preparing the bar and the beach to open on Monday morning. There are already a lot of people here, in the first week of the season, and many of our previous customers have been arriving to say hello, and enquire if we are open.

From the beach, I caught this shot of a Thomas Cook charter flight approaching Zakynthos International Airport, and overflying our beach-side advertising board.

6 May 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 4 years ago
Monday, 7 May 2007
View From the Bar


View from Behind the Bar

Freddie's Beach Bar opened for business this morning. Here is the view from behind the bar, looking out over our verandah, our sunbeds and umbrellas, the various craft of Tsilivi Watersports to the Limanaki (small port).

We had a good day, surprisingly busy for so early in the season, despite glitches with equipment, and other stressful episodes. Andy, the new barman, who has been a stalwart helper in the garden in the last 10 days, fell into the routine of the bar immediately, and got on well with the customers, which is a huge relief. Lynne, our gorgeous waitress (doesn't she look a little like Audrey Hepburn?) had her birthday today.

7 May 2007
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
I wish I could be there right now. Maybe even for a day or two. Even if there are some stressful times ahead, I envy you for every moment you spend there... maybe envy is not the right word, but ... I still hope you enjoy it as much as I would if I was there. καλή νύχτα.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh, we enjoy it alright! The little frustrations we have (incredible bureaucracy, corruption, equipment malfunction, waiting two weeks for an electrician who never comes, a television set, coffee machine, cash register and lawnmower which are broken and need to be replaced at short notice, etc.), are mere pinpricks next to the satisfaction we have of catering to nice, relaxed, interesting (mostly) people who are on holiday, and just want to relax and have a good time in a clean, friendly place with a nice view and ambience, which we try to provide.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow what wonderful colours from the bar!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Freddie's Bar at Sunset


Freddie's Beach Bar at Sunset

A sunset view of Freddie's Beach Bar with the lights on. It is a magic time of the day, and a perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner cocktail, while watching the sunset colours over the neighbouring island of Kefalonia

8 May 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
Country Shack


Country Shack

Ritsa and I had a number of errands to do today, including picking up a batch of Freddie's Beach Bar T-shirts.

We visited a place outside Zante Town which supplies bulk olive oil for the bar; I parked across the road, next to this vine-covered outbuilding.

Later we got to know some of the other people working in bars in the village for the summer, and observed a couple of Danish girls having an energetic game of beach volleyball. Life is never dull at the beach ;-)

9 May 2007
bunæn PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by bunæn (member) 11 years ago
That shack is so cool.

All of your photos are professional quality.

By the way. Here in the land of PC, those are called "Canola Seeds."
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Rape sounds far more agricultural, doesn't it? (I'm glad I don't live in the land of PC, it is one of my pet hates).
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 6 years ago
Thursday, 10 May 2007
Tsilivi Sunrise


Tsilivi Sunrise, 10 May 2007

The sun rises over the mountains of the Peloponnese at 6:35am, casting a blood-red colour over the sky and sea.

10 May 2007
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
ohhhhhhhhhhhh
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Lovely. I really can't wait to get to Greece. (Sometime next year.) I wonder what it's in like in February--is everything for the tourists closed?

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
February is a great month to visit Greece. The worst of the winter weather is over, it can be beautiful and sunny most days, and it is not crowded with tourists. In Athens certainly, all tourist attractions are open, and all the well-travelled islands also (Paros, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, rhodes etc).
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Friday, 11 May 2007
illy Espresso Cup


Illy Espresso

A study of my coffee cup on the bar counter this afternoon. After a lot of difficulties with our espresso machine, following its winter layoff, we are finally making decent coffee again. I leave it to our Roman friend, Sunshinecity to tell us if illy is a well-respected brand of coffee in Italy.

11 May 2007
Next time I am in Greece, I will be certain to drop in for a coffee.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
That lifesaver handle makes a lot of sense. What happens if you put some other kind of coffee in it? Do they have any kind of DRM?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Any Flickr friends want to visit, the coffee is on me. And Buns, they are really small cups, so you can't serve anything but a single espresso in them (that's why the handle looks so big), and we don't serve any espresso but illy.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - I've been on holiday and missed stopping in...see you have the bar open - business good? Just a quick view today and hellos...good stuff here.

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 6 years ago
Saturday, 12 May 2007
Saturday Night at the Bar


At The Bar

The first Saturday evening of the season, and here is a relaxed picture of Lynne, our lovely waitress, and Ritsa entertaining our most regular customers John and Letitia, a retired English couple who spend three months of every summer in our village, and never miss an evening at Freddie's Beach Bar.

12 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Looking Up


Looking Up

A busy day without many photos; the choice one this view of the blue Greek sky and the tall green poplar trees surrounding our property which provide very welcome shade in the hot summer months.

13 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Monday, 14 May 2007
In The Bar


Freddie's Beach Bar

Not much variety again today, I'm afraid (I really should get out more), so here is a view of the bar area at a quiet period of late afternoon, with Lynne and Andy busy behind the bar.

14 May 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Rob...the bar looks great !!

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Relaxation


Peaceful Scene

Four days of pics loaded, one after the other, and all having something to do with Freddie's Beach Bar, around which our lives revolve in the summer.

It was a gorgeous day today, 35 degrees C (95 Fahrenheit), with a light breeze and very clear sky. The colour of the sea was a beautiful blue as we rode to and from Zante Town to do a few errands, too rushed to take pictures, I'm afraid, I must do it at leisure one day and take a few shots.

Back at the Bar, I captured this shot of some of our guests having a relaxed lunch in the shade next to our fence, with the blue Ionian Sea as backdrop. The land visible across the channel is the Pelopponesian mainland, with the bump at centre left being the 800-year-old Frankish castle of Chlemoutsi

15 May 2007
ItinerArts Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ItinerArts (member) 11 years ago
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
*orders a double
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hey, thanks for your visits, CollardGreens and ItinerArts. Yes, business is good, and thankfully we seem to be over most of the teething problems and equipment malfunctions which plagued us the first few days. Being so close to the sea, and being closed for the winter plays havoc with sensitive machinery, no matter how we try to protect it.. The electrician finally visited to do some adjustments yesterday evening, and we still await the return of one repaired large-screen TV, hopefully in time for the upcoming big football mathes, the English Cup final and the Champions' League Final, both of which attract fairly large audiences. I still have a little gardening to do before sunset, which I should get out and do now. I will check up on your holiday pics a little later.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
*Serves Glory a double. Hope you're not planning to drive home?
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Woooo-hooo! Free coffee for Flickr? What an excuse! I'm there, Rob...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday , 16 May 2007
View of Zante Town


View of Zante Town

So many pictures to choose from today. After a sequence of pictures in and around our Bar (and we still have 5 and a half months to go), I made a point of getting away with my camera, and taking pictures out and about. After visiting the local hospital for blood tests and chest X-Ray, in order to renew my Health Book, I visited a few sites of interest around Zante Town, and landed up with over 200 pictures, of which I uploaded a mere 84, which are all in the outtakes.

My chosen one is this view of Zante Town and the harbour, taken from a secret spot high up on the cliffs out of town, and on the way back to Tsilivi. The most interesting and most relevant of the 84, is this morning's sunrise, the latest in a long series of sunrise shots. Also noteworthy were my repeat visits to the Jewish Cemetery, dating from 1281 (if you are interested, take a good look at that set, and the stories that are linked), and the English Cemetery, dating from the British occupation of 1815-1864. Along the way, I had a leisurely lunch at the harbour, and a cappucino, during which I indulged in a little portraiture of the pretty, slim waitress. I owe her a print of this collage.

I find that the only way I can cope with 7-day weeks of 18-hour days for six long months is by getting right away occasionally, and taking afternoon naps.



16 May 2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
I am loving the bar, and let me tell you... you made an EXCELLENT choice with Illy!! Not only is it a very well respected brand of coffee, it is said to be one of the best, in fact the price tells you so. It's a fairly expensive coffee, but well worth it!

Great choice!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah, thank you - that's the endorsement I was waiting for...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I have heard that the Illy company actually comes around and inspects your coffee machine to be sure it is making express in just the right amount of time and at just the right temp...I love the brand and look for it when taking a pause...

Hope the checkup was ok...

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
They do indeed.

It wasn't really a checkup, just more bureaucracy. Anyone who works with food has to have a Health Book, which needs to be re-issued every five years. Ours are about to expire, so new X-rays and blood tests are required, as they are for all our new staff. As it is the beginning of the season, there is a huge backlog at the hospital.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Blue Evening Colours


Blue, Blue

We have seen this corner before, in very different mood, almost two months ago on March 20. On this windy and cloudy evening, my lens picked up the almost unreal blue colours of the evening light on the calm sea and sky.

17 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Friday, 18 May 2007
Lunchtime Downpour


Pouring

We've had a few days of very unsettled weather, and on Friday a quite intense downpour which thoroughly drenched anyone who happened to be out on the beach, and forced our customers under cover. Rather inconvenient for people on a short holiday, but a risk that they take coming this early in the season. I sometimes feel people accuse us of being responsible for bad weather. Plenty of outtakes, dramatic cloud scenes, storm colours, raindrops on roses, and even a couple of streakers in the rain.

18 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Saturday, 19 May 2007
Cloudy Sunrise


Tsilivi Sunrise 19May2007

Another cloudy, windy day with occasional rain, disruptive to business and irritating to sunseeking holidaymakers. The clouds at sunrise made for dramatic golden highlights on the sea. As always, we had regular guests returning to visit us.

19 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Dramatic Evening Thunderclouds


HDR Cloudscape 19May2007

I used Photomatix software to combine three bracketed exposures into one tone-mapped HDR (High Dynamic Range) image, to enhance the drama of these billowing evening thunderclouds.

20 May 2007
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
really like the sunrise picture
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
like i needed another excuse to visit Greece - free coffee - woot - life looks very good from where you're at - at first i thought maybe you were a spy hiding out with his millions - it seems that is how all the good heist movies end - but then it would be a little silly to post on flickr about it - unless this is somekind if reverse pyschology....

ah... more coffee please?
sunshinecity Posted 11 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 11 years ago
These last two shots are so beautiful!! Well done!
sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
love the 19th - anyway to see a copy of the menu?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah Jonathan, if only I had the millions....
And, I'm working on an update of the menu right now, taking lots of flak from the missus whenever I take a break to look at Flickr. Reminds me, I have not taken any pics today, and, like you, I'm proud of the fact that I have mainly stuck to the rules of this project, posted every day, a picture taken (or processed) on that day, apart from the few days when I was in ICU in February, even when I have not been particularly happy about what I have taken; we can't be on song every day. So, time to grab my camera, and take a walk. When the new menu is complete, we'll see how I can feature it here.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks again Roman Sunshine, your pics of your beautiful city are an inspiration, and sbfaren, I'll have to track your diary down, I see from a brief glimpse of your photostream that you are also a lover of sunrises. Now, where are my walking shoes and camera?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Monday, 21 May 2007
Abandoned Fishing Boat


Abandoned Fishing Boat

On my evening walk, this abandoned fishing craft is a new feature of the coastline next to the small boat harbour, the limanaki.

21 May 2007
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
oohhh i love that - the stuff dreams are made of - ohhh so nice
to hell with the menu - need another gardener?
i have planter hands like in chrysanthemums by steinbeck - honest i do
Jonathan W PRO 11 years ago
I really like the abandoned boat makes me want to know its story and sets the mind off wandering,
ItinerArts 11 years ago
If no one moves the boat, it'll be interesting to photograph it as it weathers and ages over the years.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
dda1605 11 years ago
Beautiful......and sad. I Tried to imagine the guy that abandoned his boat and the story behind it. Great picture.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Reminds me that the 2 happiest days in a boat owners life...the day he acquires the boat and the day he is rid of it. I imagine another tale from Hemmingway...this one the fish gets away !

Rob - flak from the missus...this is the stuff of love !!

Mr Riverman...Greece is the place of a million legends and if you ever have the chance to go - GO! You may never be the same again !

Good stuff here ! CollardGreens: Oops!
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
i was there 20 yrs ago - well corfu only - 1 week - when i returned to NS i told my friends that i could quite happily die - im sure i will return
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Thanks guys, seems as if I have unlocked a romantic seafaring streak in a few of you. I often wonder what stories these battered old boats could tell. This is the kind of battering it is going to get in its present position when the wind blows later in the summer and during winter, so I'll have to get back and capture it as it weathers and ages like this one, around the corner and up the road.

As the slightly clumsy advertising slogan of last year has it: "Live your myth in Greece".
Jonathan Riverwalker 11 years ago
Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or not having been at sea. -SJ
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 7 years ago
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
The Search for Madeleine


The Search for Madeleine

This afternoon, the parents of the missing Madeleine McCann had a press conference, broadcast live on Sky News. Instantly everyone in the bar was on their feet to listen and watch. I'm a little cynical about the way the media are saturating this story, but one cannot deny the sympathy, concern and emotion it evokes among people.

22 May 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Still Waters


Still Waters

Slightly lacking in inspiration, I give you this picture of the placid water of Tsilivi Beach on a calm, windless evening, with a hint of sunset blush on the water.

23 May2007
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow, love the fishing boat!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Thursday 24 May 2007
Storm-Lashed Limanaki


Storm Over Tsilivi

We've had a week or more of foul weather, which is bad for business and irritates our visitors. Here is a picture of the wind and rain lashiing the Limanaki, so different to the same scene, a few days earlier, and to yesterday's peaceful shot.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 25 May 2007
Tsilivi Beach


Tsilivi Beach

The sun is shining again, people are back on the beach, and here is the view of Tsilivi Beach, looking south, from the lawn in front of Freddie's Beach Bar.

More Photos from 25 May 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Rob...As we stare at our grey skies this morning it makes us wish for a beach morning like yours. Well done. By the way - do you know the long / lat of your beach bar location ? I would be interested. Good stuff here...

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I have geotagged that photo, and according to the map which comes up, the coordinates are 37°49' 05" N, 20°52' 08" E
dda1605 Posted 11 years ago. Edited by dda1605 (member) 11 years ago
I can easily imagine myself, sitting in a restaurant on this beach, with some grilled fish, a greek salad and a cold Ouzo. Rob, I envy you....

(Didier 2007 )
barb howe 11 years ago
what a nice beach. I would like to go someday to greece. I keep saying I'm going to go to Spain one day and I never do. I really like the boat pic on the 21st!

--barb
(my dpd, my photostream)
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
greece is on my list too, LWG! ireland is my heart's desire though. rural ireland, not urban ireland. gimme rolling hills and rainy cliffs
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Found you on the maps - nice location !!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Looks like we're going to have quite a party here sometime. Mr Collard Greens will show you all the way. Didier, I'll personally grill the fish for you, and it shall be chilled ouzo all round, on me.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Saturday, 26 May 2007
Sunset Sky


Sunset Sky

I left it late to get a daily photo today, so here is the sky at sunset, with a soft pink glow all around. A nice, relaxing time of the day, after a fiercely busy Saturday.

26 May 2007
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
Just came back to your thread. I am glad the weather improved. And I like to see what it looks like there in Greece. Very nice, and I wish I could be there.

I am still hoping you're enjoying yourself there as much as I would if I was there.
MarySesami 11 years ago
Beautiful sunset!
MarySesami's 2007
bunæn PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by bunæn (member) 11 years ago
I like these Greek skies, Rob.

My uncle Newell was a greek. He arrived in the suburbs of Athens in 1948 after a stint in Missouri and then Palestine. He never left.

Here he is with my mom and my aunts in about 1960.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
It was a difficult time in Greece in 1948, following the Nazi Occupation and during the Civil War. Glad he stuck it out, though. it is a very different country now, different even from my first encounter in 1970.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 6 years ago
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Cactus Flowers


Cactus Flowers

Our son-in-law-to-be Rory was given this cactus plant for his 21st birthday a few years ago. After a couple of years in a pot, it was planted out in two different places before finding its permanent home in our rock garden, where it thrives, getting bigger and bigger every year and producing masses of these beautiful yellow flowers.

Not much else to show you today, apart from Freddie getting a haircut (I had one, too).

27 May2007
karinga 11 years ago
Beautiful cactus flowers, they always amaze me. Reminds of the ones I saw in Barcelona last week.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh, your Barcelona one is more impressive; I will have to come and see more of your Barcelona pics, a beautiful city. You remind me that when I was on holiday earlier in the year, I visited an amazing cactus farm in the Breede River Valley, South Africa. I managed to restrain myself to only uploading 20 pictures.
karinga 11 years ago
Those were amazing photos! I had to restrain myself not to leave wow on each of them :o)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Wow I really love those cactus flowers!

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
28 May 2007
Love Bugs


Humping Ladybirds

Two tiny ladybirds observed in an, um, intimate moment on a tabletop at Freddie's Beach Bar.

28 May2007
noxious bulb [deleted] 11 years ago
Tee hee...
Jissy 11 years ago
lol that's a stunning -peak- i mean capture! now i found your diary... will need to spend some time catching up this w-end ;-)
drab chicken [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by drab chicken (member) 11 years ago
i'd like to see lovebugs do it missionary style with their legs all a-tangle
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Surf Babe


Surfer Babe

Lots of good candidates for shot of the day today; by a short head, this is the one I chose, of a cute little surfer girl with cool sunglasses having breakfast with her parents this morning.

29 May 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Welcome Jissy, have a look at my pics of Cape Town, back in Feb. My set is probably a good place to start. Also, since you are fresh from the Kruger Park, have a look at this stunning video a friend referred me to:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM Battle At Kruger.

(Other wildlife fans, feel free to click also).

Glory, too dangerous - what if one snapped off?
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
*coughs
well... uh... everything involves a level of risk
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Well, whatever you're doing, keep an eye out for the crocodiles.
barb howe 11 years ago
oh what a cutie, this little girl. great sunglasses!

--barb
(my dpd, my photostream)
sunshinecity 11 years ago
hahahah those two love bugs are just adorable!
I can hear the song "Oui je t'aime..." in the background, know which one I mean?
LOL

What a cute little girl!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
she's soooo cute

eelend's 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, 30 May 2007
Agapanthus Bud


Agapanthus Bud

Last summer, I followed the life-cycle of a single agapanthus flower in our garden, from the bud stage like this, through all the phases of its evolution. Today, the cycle starts all over again, as tends to happen in Nature, reminding us that life is cyclical.

30 May 2007

(PS. Happy Birthday, Natasha).
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yow Rob ! Always something good here ! From bumpin bugs to cute little surfer girls...and no one would doubt the winner of the Battle at Kruger ! Thanks for the entertainment.

CollardGreens: Oops!
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Variety is what I try to provide here. Not easy when we are in the same place, day after day. But, variety is the spice of life.

Thanks for taking time out to view that (long, but worthy) video clip, CG. I know you like to move at lightning speed through as many diaries as you can; several must have missed you this evening. Ooops!
Last photo is just terribly beautiful. Great job. (All the others are wonderful too, of course).

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
very good one
i can't wait to see the flower

eelend's 2007
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
If you want to take a sneak peek at last year's, see here.
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