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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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(I copied this idea from Samrag in Iceland, with his permission. Thanks!)
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Glow* 12 years ago
thanks,good luck to you too!! :)
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
01Jan2007 Happy New Year! .

Happy New Year!

What better way to start off this 2007 photo journal than with seasonal wishes. Let's all be stars in 2007!

We saw the New Year in on the rock of Areos Pagos, next to the Acropolis, where St. Paul preached to the Athenians, with several hundred festive people from all over the world, drinking champagne and watching the fireworks over the city of Athens. On the way back to our apartment, we passed these street decorations in a side street.
Loca.... 12 years ago
Happy new year to you to
:))
alert chicken [deleted] 12 years ago
Hi Rob! An excellent 07 to you too!
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 5 years ago
Tuesday, 02Jan2007
Acropolis at Sunrise

The Acropolis at Sunrise

I got up earlier today (I also have an exercise resolution), and took a walk up Philopappus Hill, behind our apartment, from where one gets the best view of the Acropolis. I never tire of looking at the Parthenon, its proportions are so perfect, and the light is always different; I have hundreds of pictures taken from this spot, and here is one more taken just before the sun rose over Mount Hymettus to the right, with soft colours in the cloudy sky, to kick off my year of pictures.
PutYourFlareOn PRO 12 years ago
Breathtaking! I would never tire looking at a sight like that either!

Such an amazing place you live in....

-Aimee
PutYourFlareOn's 2007 Daily Photo Journal
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Wednesday, 03Jan2007
Saronic Sunset

Saronic Sunset

I took the dog for a walk at the seaside at Alimos this afternoon. There were dramatic clouds over the Saronic Gulf and the mountains of the Pelopponese, so it was easy to choose today's diary photo.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Thursday, 04Jan2007
Kitchen Calendar

Kitchen Calendar

Every Greek home has one. The varnished cardboard icon is permanent; at New Year one buys a new block of daily calendar leaves, which you glue to the icon. Every day you tear off yesterday's page, to expose valuable information. Not only the day, date and month, but the small print gives you sunrise and sunset times, the phase of the moon, and most importantly, which religious festival or saint's day is being celebrated today, so that you know which of your friends and family you need to call and congratulate on their name day.

Greek people are usually named after a saint, and the name day is far more significant than one's birthday. On your name day the phone rings all day with congratulations, and close friends and family will visit bearing sweets and confectionery.
cherriza 12 years ago
Excellent year so far. I look forward to following the rest of your year.

Better than Last...
alibaba0 12 years ago
Happy new year and congrats for your photos! :-)

alibaba0
Italian Papillon 12 years ago
Happy New Year to you Rob, amazing picture the on of the 2nd jan...Acropolis and the sunrise....WOW!!! Congrats!
Loca.... 12 years ago
Oh that's great. I din't know that. What is your name's day, by the way?
:))
See you tomorrow.

(Loca-Bandoca's 2007 in pics)
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Friday, 05Jan2007

I had real difficulty deciding what to post today. I took my car in for a service early, and on the way home, I got off the bus with my camera, and shot 110 pictures as I walked the rest of the way (until my battery ran out). I shot some interesting billboards, lots of extraordinary street art, I even photographed the bowl of bean soup I had for lunch, to follow up on this thread from yesterday.

In the end, since it is the first Friday of the New Year, I decided to share a litte Athenian neighbourhood street life with you:

Our Friday Street Market

Our Friday Laiiki

Zacharitsa Street in Koukaki, next to our apartment, is transformed every Friday into a giant street market, called the "Laiiki", stretching for over a kilometer. Farmers bring their produce into the city to sell directly to the public. You may also find clothing, frozen goods, fish, cleaning products, you name it.

Each neighbourhood of Athens has a similar market on a different day of the week.
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Sorry, Loca-Bandoca, I only noticed your comment now. I am a foreigner, not Orthodox, and not named for a saint (neither am I one), so I tend to celebrate with my wife, whose proper name is Eleftheria (also means "freedom" in Greek) and whose name day is with Agios Eleftherios on December 15. I could also celebrate with all the other unnamed guys on Agias Pandas (All Saints) day, although I still tend to prefer to have a good bottle of champagne on my birthday.
Samrag 12 years ago
- 1.jan: Appropriate way to start the year
- 2.jan: Gosh... to have that at your doorsteps!!! Great photo
- 3.jan: Love this photo, sooo nice, you somehow catch the atmosphere there - and the light is beautiful. And also, it is sooo different from 2.jan :-)
- 4.jan: Love these litle cultural information we are getting all over this group. Hope we will share so many more litle wonderful information throughout the year - about things that are common, and the things that make us different.
- 5.jan: Again, such great look into your life. Looked at your photostream, and the poster photos are great - though I agree with you about posting the market photo here.

Well, bookmarked you now and will be checking up on you ;-)

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow.... your scenery is beautiful!!!
I love the picture of the Acropolis!!!

~ sunshinecity
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 06Jan2007
Epiphany Celebrations at Elefsina

Epiphany at Elefsina

Today we headed off to Nafplion for lunch, a very pleasant and historical old town, about 150km out of Athens. On the way we stopped off at the port of Elefsina, 30km outside of Athens, to observe the celebration of the Feast of Epiphany, a major religious festival observed very strongly in the Orthodox Church. It celebrates the 'shining forth' or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus; also the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist.

Anywhere there is water in Greece, after the Divine Liturgy, a procession takes place to the harbour. From the platform, the priest casts a golden cross into the sea, and young boys dive in to retrieve it. The waters are blessed by the priest, and people take bottles of the blessed water to their homes to ensure good fortune for the New Year. The guy who retrieves the cross is especially blessed by the priest, and devout ladies line up to congratulate the boy and to kiss the cross, which he is allowed to keep in his home for three days.

Above, I have captured the moment when the priest is throwing the cross, attached to a blue ribbon, and the guys are leaping into the cold water to retrieve it. At this point flares are lit on the spectator boats, church bells ring, and sirens and klaxons blare out from every vessel in the harbour.

Similar scenes are enacted in every seaside town, village and island and on lakes and rivers, throughout Greece.

6 January 2007
sunshinecity 12 years ago
wow, is it that warm there still to be able to go swimming??? lucky you!!!
= )

~ sunshinecity
Loca.... Posted 12 years ago. Edited by Loca.... (member) 12 years ago
Haven't read yet your last entry cause I spent my last hour following the links of the previous one and seeing your pics. I just love your entrys you tell a lot and send us to other places with your links.... Great stuff you got on your photostream, will get back later after my kids are in bed...
Jonathan Riverwalker 12 years ago
wowo - thanks rob for that explanation
- i like that four diaries at least (who can read them all) have mentioned swiming - and it's january - i love this tradition - greece is awesome - and im soooo excited to see what you will show us next
no pressure - woohoo
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
@Sunshinecity: outside temperature was 9-12 degrees, bright sunshine and clear blue sky. I think the water was pretty cold, but bearable, and Athens has a great tradition of winter swimmers, who gather on some of the beaches every day and have a great time. I think you have your own madmen in Rome, who dive off bridges into the Tiber on New Year's Day, and must be risking more than just cold water.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Sunday, 07Jan2007
Cute Marble Backsides

Bare Marble Backs

I knew there would be days like this. I had a really lazy Sunday, had no desire to take photos, and apart from a morning walk (without camera), did not leave the house at all. Finally, feeling guilty, and with 15 minutes to go before midnight, I put on my walking shoes, grabbed my camera, and went out into the neighbourhood looking for picture opportunities. This is what I came up with - a row of Aphrodites in a tourist shop window, presenting their shapely behinds to passsersby. That's it - I suppose that makes me a butt man. This was taken at 3 minutes to midnight. I also snapped a cool picture of the floodlit Parthenon at 8 seconds after midnight, which could serve as my pic for today (Monday), if nothing better comes up.
Loca.... 12 years ago
Well, I like the buts.... does that makes me a butt woman??

Nice pic of the Parthenon. As you no longer have to feel guilty about not having photos for tomorrow, I guess you will take loads of good ones.
See you.
:))

Yesterday I didn't manage to come back and read the rest of your posts. :(

Loca
sunshinecity 12 years ago
lol you sneaked thepicture in just in time huh??
You're right about the madmen in Rome, btw.... but unfortuantely we get those all year round....
eheheh

your Parthenon picture is gorgeous!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
WOW, the Acropolis is really awesome.
That would never tire me either!
Dang - and that seaside picture!
I think, the spot where you live is one I envy you for :)
Names day is a big celebration here in Hungary too. I didn't know it was that big in Greece. And neither did I know of the calendars :)
And I join you on the birthday thing - I never really liked celebrating my Names day (Nikolaus ;)
Didn't know about the retrieving the cross thing either.
What the Church gets people to do (sorry, had to say that ;)
I can't believe you went out 15 minutes before midnight to take a shot. I would have probably just "lazy me like" snapped my face or the watch ;)

Thanks for all the interesting things I just learned! :D

NicoleB - Share the weirdness with me
Samrag 12 years ago
I sooo get what you mean Rob... I had many days like this in the last four months - if you look over the daily pic result you can see that many are just in my house, or close-ups of ... well.. almost nothing. There will be days like this, days when none of us feel like photographing, posting, chatting or anything. My rule was to just take photo,... any photo, then put the camera away. Sometimes up to 5 days would pass before I would check or post any of my stuff.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)

ps. Like the jumping in the ocean photo ... it is so nice to hear about rituals like this...
and the bottoms of women (even if statues) is always nice as well ;-) I guess that makes me a butt man as well ... eh
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 08Jan2007
Floodlit Parthenon

Floodlit Parthenon

Well, this is getting good reviews, so I will stick with it as the photo of the day. As I said, last week, I never tire of looking at this famous structure. You can see more of the detail at night when it is floodlit.

The street where I took this picture, Dionysiou Areopagitou, used to be a busy, noisy, traffic-filled through-route. Under a program first drawn up in the 1980's when Melina Mercouri was Minister of Culture, and accelerated in 2000 to be ready before Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the entire length of this street, and the adjoining Apostolos Pavlos (Apostle Paul) has been repaved and re-landscaped as a pedestrian walkway, linking the major archeological sites of Athens. And it has been beautifully done, with olive trees and rosemary bushes lining the route, and benches to sit on. The project to continue the Unification of Archaeological Sites continues and has made a huge difference to the liveability of the city.

Related to this effort, and in the same neighbourhood, is the New Acropolis Museum, under construction to be ready this year, and having visited the site, I predict it will be fabulous.
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
Oh, I love zones without any traffic in old cities.
Athens is one city I would love to see.
At least I get some glimpses of it now with your diary :)

The structure is gorgeous at night too!

NicoleB - Share the weirdness with me
Innamorata Crush 12 years ago
lovely structure, it must be magnificent to stand near
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Ancient and Modern


Ancient and Modern

Today, I had to go to the British Embassy in Athens to pick up a new passport, and then do some shopping for my trip, starting on Friday. On leaving the Embassy, I shot this picture of the graceful lines of the ancient Byzantine church, contrasted with the utilitarian concrete rectangles of the Embassy building. I was immediately challenged by one of the lurking security guards, didn't I realise it was illegal to take pictures of the Embassy? I managed to convince him that I was interested only in the church, and he let me go. They have very elaborate security precautions at and surrounding the Embassy. That is probably because their Defence Attache was brutally murdered by the November 17 terrorist organization a few years ago. Although that gang were caught, tried and imprisoned in 2002, there are still some crazy anarchists around who regularly attack embassies and police stations, and hijack peaceful demonstrations, trashing shops and burning cars merrily. We have another big demo coming up tomorrow, against university reforms, and the whole city will shut down.
Heidulius 12 years ago
The Saronic sunset picture is beautiful! :) Very interesting seeing the two buildings together in todays photo.

Thanks for being here - loved looking through your photos.

Heiða D.
Loca.... 12 years ago
Greece looks wonderful in your pictures.
:))

Loca
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
New Year Resolution


New Year Resolution

The longer I have been on Flickr, the more I realise how essential is Photoshop, so I said to myself some time ago that I must buy it and learn it before our new season starts in May.

This morning the mail arrived with the package from Amazon.co.uk, so here we go. Now where is that link to Photoshop tutorials on Flickr that I saw a few days ago?
Samrag 12 years ago
SamRag came by to you!

Great photos, specially Jan 8. You BUYing photoshop... huh... ok. didn't think of that... but like you I am in real need of that software.

Sam (2007 in Iceland)
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... PS is THE ultimate software... it's a MUST HAVE, in my world! I couldn't live without it!!!

... the church versus the modern embassy building is a very good shot! You are indeed very lucky that you weren't taken away by the guard!

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
Italian Papillon 12 years ago
PS is really great......good luck with the reading of manuals.........!!!:-)
satrina* 12 years ago
So far my favorite shot is the one of the Parthenon at night but I also should say that my envy goes to those Aphroditas 'cause I wish I had a behind with that lovely shape

Good luck with PS, these days it's the only software I have in my comp

Satrina: av meg
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, January 11, 2007
Athens Street Art


Athens Street Art

I went to the bank in our neighbourhood today for some banking formalities, took a few pics on the way there and back, did eenie-meenie-miny-mo, and this is the one that selected itself as my daily photo. As I said last week, if you are into street art, Athens has very rich pickings. Far from persecuting graffiti artists, they seem to be officially sanctioned in some areas. I have a set of Athens Graffiti on my photostream, and I have a number more from the last few weeks yet to be uploaded.

That is my last picture from Athens for a little while. Tomorrow's picture will be from a different European city, and on Saturday I shall be on a different continent. Hope to see you all again on the other side.
Innamorata Crush 12 years ago
yayayayay streetart

amazing how you travel --am jealous
Herdis Sig 12 years ago
I rely love all of the photos from you ;)
Herdís (New Beginning)
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... ooh magnificent shot.... the contrast between the bright graffiti colurs with the rubble... great shot!

Tell me though Rob (I must have missed it if you explained already...) are you greek, or there only for work? How come you travel so much? For work or pleasure?

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Thanks.
Sunshine, I think the best thing I can do is refer you to my Flickr Profile
Italian Papillon 12 years ago
Fantastic..travelling is such a precious gift........I think I'd never could get tired of it! Enjoy! :-)
satrina* 12 years ago
Yep, travel is the best thing to do. We'll be waiting to see your next pics.

Satrina: av meg
sunshinecity 12 years ago
... ehh, wny did't I think of that!!! Sorry, I can be a bit lazy and not use my brain at times!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
ILIGHT 12 years ago
Man. You are making it happen, RobW! Great images. That first Parthenon image is smokin'. It is like travelling in time while standing still, all in one frame! (That settles it, I'm gonna fave it).
I've never been to Greece, so I have to thank you for bring her to me! Kindest Regards (and travel well!).~images& words: 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Friday, 12 January, 2007
My Day in Frankfurt


My Day in Frankfurt with Sabine

So the travelling is over for now. I had a nine-hour stopover in Frankfurt, Germany, time enough to meet a very well-known Flickr photographer, Sabinche, take a photowalk around the city together, have lunch and get to know each other. A great Flickr experience. Thanks, Sabi, it was a pleasure and a privilege. Next time, Flickr@Paris?

Sabi's version is here.

12 January 2007 (9 photos)
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Saturday, 13 January 2007
Table Mountain Greeting


Table Mountain Greeting

Flight SA263 from Frankfurt to Cape Town, on approach to Cape Town International Airport at 5.45am, and among those fortunate to be seated on the right of the aircraft, I am greeted by one of the world's great sights - the "Queen of the Seas", covered with her cloudy tablecloth, the city centre curled up at her feet, looking north.

"The Fairest Cape in all the World", said Sir Francis Drake, and who am I to disagree? For a few weeks, I am home. Watch this space.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
.... lovely desciption of your picture....
interesting view!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
humorous cats [deleted] 12 years ago
really enjoyed your pics from athens concluding with the street art.


blow/up diary
Innamorata Crush 12 years ago
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
I'm sorry I have not been able to comment on any of your diaries the past few days - I am travelling, and don't have regular Internet access. I am in a coffee shop right now, uploading pics from yesterday, checking email, and trying to do as much Flickr as possible. It's going to take time to catch up with all of you!
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Sunday, 14 January, 2007
Soaring Seagull


Seagull Soaring

Taking it easy after the long flight and two nights with no sleep (I am not the Guru, and I need my sleep), I did what thousands of other Capetonians do on a summer Sunday, and went to the beach. I lay around and got a little sunburnt (reminder: buy a cap and some sunblock), took a long walk and lots of pictures, of the famous view, little girls on the beach, bigger girls on the beach, a photographer at work, and I sat on a wall for half an hour trying to capture seagulls in flight, something I have always found difficult. All one needs is time, actually. A nice leisurely seafood lunch with a bottle of fine Cape Chardonnay made the day complete.

14 January 2007
Loca.... 12 years ago
You had a very nice day. Your seagull is great. And you're wright, with time we can shot good pictures.
Have a nice day today.
:))

Loca
sunshinecity 12 years ago
stunning shot! How do you make it so still? How do you manage to capture the movement, yet not make it blurred?
I need to know your secret!
; )

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Fast shutter speed, I think. Plus, you've got to follow the bird in flight, and try to get it centered in the viewfinder (do they call it "tracking?). Mostly patience, as I have said above, and be prepared to waste a lot of shots - not a problem with digital!
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Monday, 15 January, 2007
Cosmos Flower


Cosmos Flower

On Monday, I did a lot of rushing around, visiting and shopping, without camera. Thank goodness I had taken a walk around my sister's garden after breakfast, and shot some of her flowers. Including this Cosmos, which is a wild flower which proliferates along roadsides in this country in summer, and also, I learnt last year on Flickr, in Texas.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007
Cape Town Waterfront


Cape Town Waterfront

I have had desperate trouble in the last two days finding a reliable wi-fi hotspot in Cape Town in order to upload and maintain photos on Flickr. Let's face it, without broadband you are dead in this game. In two days I ran out of my free allowance (5 hours), and then hit a brick wall in trying to buy additional minutes. The website crashed, time after time, and I spent hours on a cellphone to dumb tech support guys and accounting departments trying to work out whether my credit card had been billed or not, and why I could not buy more time.

So, I came down here, to the Cape Town Waterfront, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (ask me why), to an old favourite restaurant, Primi Piatti, which has a wi-fi service, and finally cracked it. I had a very nice seared tuna steak, with creamed spinach, and an outstanding bottle of Chardonnay, made by an old friend of mine. And, for my daily photograph, I stepped out onto the balcony and shot this photo of one of Cape Town's prime tourist attractions.

I must run, I will be late for dinner with my brother and his family. See you tomorrow. Sorry, I have had time for little other than a glimpse of your diaries, no comments, but I shall be there one of these days.

16 January 2007
sunshinecity 12 years ago
that flower picture is just stunning!!!
I miss summer!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Just look at those lips and tongue! I can't help licking mine while I look at that icon. Hot pink!
Loca.... 12 years ago
Great flower shot.
What did you have for dinner? Everybody speaks of food, always making me hungry.... going for a snack now.
:))

Loca
sunshinecity 12 years ago
ahahahah, you're gonna make me blush!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
cautious range [deleted] 12 years ago
I love the contrast between that ugly embassy building and that old one. Beautiful shot!

Good luck with learning Photoshop!

Oh, Frankfurt looks really nice on those pictures. I never could really stand it :)
I hope to meet some flickrites on my next trip around too :)

Take care out there and have fun :)!

NicoleB
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Wednesday, 17 January 2007
Hydro Sunset


Hydro Sunset

I am sorry to offer you yet another view of Table Mountain, this one from the side, and 50km away. I am spending a week at the High Rustenberg Hydro, outside of the wine town of Stellenbosch, where the vintage is currently under way. This sunset view is taken from the lawn outside of my room.

I spend a week here every year, recharging my batteries, being pampered. I love it, and it does me good. Also very close to some wonderful wine estates. They keep one fairly busy with treatments, activities and evening lectures, so not much time to post, and it is a dial-up line, so time-consuming. I hope to catch up on 3 days here before retiring to bed.

17 January 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Thursday, 18 January, 2007
Water Drops


Arrested Fountain

I took a lot of shots on Thursday, of flowers and landscapes, but for a change, I chose this one of some water from this fountain, caught at the top of the arc, before falling to the ground. It was my first day of treatments; a morning walk, followed by hydrotherapy and a full-body massage. Lots of relaxation and reading.
dda1605 12 years ago
It is BEAUTIFUL......

(Didier 2007 )
sunshinecity 12 years ago
WOW.please don't apologize! This shot is amazing, those colours... I've never seen such an interesting sky!!!
I am in awe!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Friday, 19January, 2007
Raindrops on a Flower


Raindrops

We had some rain, more like a misty drizzle, actually, overnight, and when I emerged for the morning walk, this is how the flowers looked. I think it is an Iris?
lramiro520 12 years ago
A very nice collection of photos! I especially like the silhouette of Table Mountain from the 17th. I hope to make it to S. Africa within the next 2 yrs. I have friends there and can't wait to visit!

The Other Side Of The Fence
dda1605 12 years ago
What a funny egg.........

(Didier 2007 )
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
One of the most interesting things about that sky is that somewhere up there is a comet, Comet McNaught the brightest for 30 years, which is strongly visible in the western sky just after sunset. I have not been in a suitable place to see it or photograph since it first appeared 3 days ago, but I photographed the picture in this morning's newspaper.
satrina* 12 years ago
Love the seagull pic, is just awesome the contrast between the blue sky and the white feathers.

And this last pic, at first I thought it was an egg :P

Oh, I heard on the news about this comet, hope you'll be able to take a photograph

Satrina: av meg
ebilflindas 12 years ago
Yes, that is an iris, I love macro!

I've seen a photo of the comet on someone else's diary--someone from Seattle, I think, but I can't recall who...
_____
ebilflindas: Everyday Dad
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
I did a search on "Comet McNaught", and got over 12000 hits. I also managed to get a shot on Saturday evening, which will show up when I manage to do some uploading.
James KEZMAN Photo PRO 12 years ago
No need to apologize for beautiful images! Nice work!!


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Light Image Truth by J. M. Kezman
sunshinecity 12 years ago
these last two shots are spectacular!
Well done!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Saturday, 20 January 2007
Comet McNaught


Why, thank you for the compliments, guys. Here is Saturday's picture - I finally managed to capture the comet in all its glory - a once in a lifetime capture, since this particular comet will not be back. And we had a very good view of it from the lawn directly in front of my room:

Comet McNaught

Regarding the rest of the day, in addition to the regular daily treatments, hydrotherapy and massage, I had a wonderful session of reflexology, which really got me buzzing. In the afternoon, I came down off the mountain, and drove down to the False Bay coast at The Strand for a little beach therapy, and beach photography. Unfortunately, it was a little too windy to be pleasant, so I took a short walk and a few pics, a swim in the surf, and back in time for "dinner" (just fruit). Then a bit of comet-watching and chatting with fellow-guests, then an early night.

20 January 2007 (16 photos Uploaded)
satrina* 12 years ago
Sounds like a great saturday specially the daily treatments! Thanks for the comet pic!

Satrina: av meg
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Sunday, 21 January, 2007
Pleased to See Me


Are These Girls Pleased To See Me?

I went out on Sunday, since there are no treatments at the Hydro on a Sunday. I drove 80 kilometers up the coast and over the mountains to the Compagnie's Drift Farm at Bot River, home of the Beaumont family and their successful winery business, who were having their Open Day for friends and customers.

As I parked my car, I met two friends, Bets and Etna who had arrived at the same time. Since we haven't seen each other for nearly a year, it was a joyful meeting. Etna's husband, Pianoman Ben was providing the background music, and I joined their picnic under the oaks, although I was not able to partake of the food, or the wine, in order not to compromise my detox diet. I returned to Stellenbosch via an upcountry route, through the mountains to the beautiful village of Franschhoek (the French Corner, or Le Quartier Francaise), settled by Fremch Huguenots fleeing oppression in France in 1688. I invite you to check my stream to see how this village trades on its French heritage.

21 January 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Monday, 22 January, 2007
Red Hot Pokers and Agapanthus


Red Hot Pokers and Agapanthus

I had a very busy day of treatments on Monday, including four forms of massage: the regular full-body massage, which we have every day, lymph drainage massage, a thalassotherapy treatment including a seaweed bath and massage, and finally, an aromatherapy massage. All delivered by lovely young girls, who pampered and stroked me until I purred. I fell in love at least twice also.

So, I was a little drained and not much in the mood for creative photography. I strolled around the gardens before dinner (I have now graduated from fruit to salads), and shot a few flowers and plants. Here are two plants known all over the world, but which are indigenous to this region of South Africa, the Fynbos Kingdom. I thought the blue and red-orange colours combined nicely.
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Tuesday, 23 January, 2007
After My Facial


After My Facial

Here I am with the lovely Petronella, who has just given me my Men's Facial (with eyelash tint), a treatment I never miss on my annual visits to the Hydro. Absolute bliss, and good for my neglected skin also.
Loca.... 12 years ago
Just came to catch up on you. Great photos you have, love the one of the water and your flowers are great. Don't apologize for your photos, they are very very good. Always like to come here and see them.

About the comet, I'm just jealous we can't see it here in Portugal. Some friends of mine in Brasil are so pleased with it.
:))

Loca
sunshinecity 12 years ago
well don't you look lovely and refreshed!! Doesn't it feel good to be pampered??

The scenery where you are, the landscapes and the wildlife, look all so beautiful! I must come visit!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 8 years ago
Wednesday, 24 January 2007
Sizzling Du ToitsKloof Mountains


Du Toit's Kloof Mountains

These are the Du Toits Kloof Mountains, between the towns of Paarl and Worcester, after leaving Stellenbosch, where I had spent the previous week at the Spa. I have just emerged from the 11km Huguenot Tunnel through the mountains, and I am heading for the Breede River Valley, a fertile plain between two mountain ranges, watered by the broad river Breede (which is what the name means), where deciduous fruit is farmed for export, racehorses are bred, and many, many famous wine estates are situated.

It is in the middle of a heat wave, temperatures are up to 45 degrees Celsius, and when I step out of the airconditioned car to take these photos, a strong, hot wind is blowing out of the interior towards the ocean, and it is like stepping into a convection oven.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Thursday, 25 January 2007
Friendly Fraai Uitsig Horses


Smiling Farewell

I am staying at a lovely guest farm in the Breede River Valley, called Fraai Uitsig (Dutch for "beautiful view"). The farm was founded in 1798, it produces deciduous and citrus fruit, and wine, it has rustic accommodation and a famous restaurant.

I get up early to take a one-hour walk around the farm, and I come across these friendly grey horses in a beautiful green paddock. They are very interested in me and my camera. After stroking and chatting, I eventually have to leave to get back for breakfast, and they smile farewell to me. In the background, the mist is lifting over the Langeberg mountains to the north.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 7 years ago
Friday, 26 January 2007
Breakfast in a Garden


Breakfast in a Garden

My last breakfast at Fraai Uitsig guest farm (I'll be back here with my wife Ritsa for Valentine's Day) before resuming my travels. Wouldn't anyone enjoy their breakfast in this environment?
CollardGreens PRO 12 years ago
First time visitor here - and what do I find ?? le cap...Cape Town in all it's glory. I love this place - I come here 2-3 times per year as it is part of my territory. Beautiful shots - love the water in midair above and table mountain. Thanks. Good job - I'll be back.

Professional Vagabond -
CollardGreens: Oops
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Well hi! I'll be in the Cape another 4 weeks. Will we overlap?
CollardGreens PRO 12 years ago
Afraid not this time - perhaps you'll be in Libya !?!

Looking at your photos - you move quite a bit...don't see you here, where do you call home?

CollardGreens: Oops
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Saturday, 27 January 2007
Watery Fun


Watery Fun

I am in Hermanus, a famous holiday resort, retirement destination, famous for its champagne air, its bounteous fishing, shark cage-diving, and some of the best whale-watching opportunities in the world.

I was sitting on a bench overlooking the Old Whaling Harbour, after a good seafood lunch, and watching a bunch of local kids splashing around in the shallow water, one of my favourite subjects.

Shortly thereafter, my attention was drawn to some local wildlife, and to the view of the cliff path which traverses the coast for several kilometers, and facilitates whale-watching in the winter and spring, when the Southern Right Whales, with new-born calfs, disport themselves right under the cliffs below you.
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Sunday, 28 January 2007
The Hemel en Aarde Valley


The Hemel en Aarde Valley

This is the Hemel en Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth), so named by early Dutch settlers. I took this picture from the top of the mountain overlooking Hermanus, which has a beautiful drive through the Fynbos reserve.

The Hemel and Aarde valley is a rich agricultural area, and here can be found some of South Africa's finest wine estates, and perhaps the best examples of Pinot Noir wines in the country.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Monday, 29 January, 2007
Spotted Dikkop


Plover

It was raining as I drove up Siffie Crescent, Vermont (near Hermanus, where I am staying at the moment). I slowed as I saw two birds in the road ahead, a pair of Spotted Dikkops (thickheads, scientific name Burhinus Capensis). One came to the side of the road on a brick driveway, and gave me several excellent shots through the window of the car, trying not to get the camera wet..
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 7 years ago
Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Frangipani (Plumeria)


Frangipani

On Tuesday, I left early to drive into Cape Town (110km), for an 8.30am appointment. Since I had to deal with peak hour traffic, I had to allow plenty of time, and left soon after 6am. I then had a whole sequence of meetings and other things to accomplish, spent an hour with my mother, attended a Rotary meeting, and drove back to Vermont/Hermanus, arriving at 11pm. So, not much time for taking pictures. You are probably not interested in a picture of my mum, so here is a nice tropical frangipani flower, growing on a sidewalk in Rondebosch, Cape Town, snapped while waiting for someone to open his gate.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Wednesday, 31 January 2007
Animal-Friendly Road Sign


Animals Have Priority

This is a genuine road sign, of which one sees several, in the coastal village of Vermont, near Hermanus in the Western Cape, where I have been staying with friends for the last week. Although there has been terrific growth in the last 10-15 years, which continues today, the village is still pleasantly rural, with many green belts, thick bush all around, and there is still a lot of wild life, in fact, we saw all three species pictured this morning at breakfast on the balcony next to a green belt. I think it is perfectly charming.

By the way, lest some of you may be wondering where the name comes from, Vermont (10km outside Hermanus, 110km from Cape Town) is not named after an American state, but takes its name from the green mountains which tower over the village to the north. The township was actually laid out in 1905, although most growth has taken place in the last 20 years. Vermont, and the adjoining village of Onrus River has been home to many well-known writers and artists.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 6 years ago
Thursday, 1 February 2007
Main Street, Stanford


Small Town SA

This is such a typically South African scene, the stereotype of a small SA town, with the tall steeple of the Dutch Reformed Church dominating the skyline, wide, tree-lined streets and gracious old houses. I dropped into Stanford earlier today, 20km east of Hermanus, on the way to Gansbaai, 20km further south.

I was in this area exactly a year ago, while a major runaway bush fire was burning, and took a number of photographs during and after the fire. It was a scene of utter devastation. Today, I took photographs of the same places, and the transformation is astonishing. The Cape fynbos has an amazing ability to regenerate itself, and in fact relies on fire as part of its natural life cycle.

So, while many buildings and livelihoods were badly damaged, nature looks after itself, and restores its bounty.
RobW_ PRO Posted 12 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 12 years ago
Thank God I'm up-to-date (except for some pictures from Christmas still to be uploaded), and maybe if I get some Internet time tomorrow, I can get around to reading some of YOUR diaries that I have been missing. I notice no-one is commenting on mine recently, and that is understandable; if I'm not visiting you, you are not going to be highly motivated to visit me.
sunshinecity 12 years ago
omgoodness what have I missed??? You didn't tell me you lived in Paradise Rob!!! So much spectacular splendor in that area!!!

I love all your shots, can't even begin to pick a fav! I have to say though that the Frangipani are just so beautiful! Do you know if they come in other colours, I am only recently starting to get to know this flower...

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
RobW_ PRO 12 years ago
Thank you, thank you! Yes, you do get other colours of frangipani, I shot a pink one yesterday.
Loca.... 12 years ago
I was here yesterday but went to see that pink frangipani and then got lost on your fabulous photostream. I've added you as my contact just to be easy to find your pictures. Loved it, love your diary and lately unfortunatly I just don't have the time to go through the diarys, so I'll be stopping by at least once a week to catch up on your news.
:))

Loca
sunshinecity Posted 12 years ago. Edited by sunshinecity (member) 12 years ago
wow, how awesome, they are becoming my new fav!!!

~ sunshinecity,
a picture, a story
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