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Veels Geluk Vonnyl PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Friday, 20 May 2011 05:24
The small town of Port Nolloth including McDougall's Bay was our final stop before heading north towards Alexander bay and the mighty Richtersveld. Established as a small-vessel harbour and railway junction in 1854 for the copper-mining industry, Port Nolloth’s narrow, shallow entrance makes it unsuitable for ore carriers. It is, instead, a centre for the small-scale diamond recovery and crayfishing industries, and the only resort on the Diamond Coast.
After several days of camping food we were looking forward to some fresh seafood, after all we were on a coastal town but to our surprise every restaurant was out of stock and not because of a sell out but rather the truck from Cape Town hadn't arrived!! We couldn't believe it, the restaurant owner said the only fish they bought locally was Snoek from time to time. We had lunch and decided to explore the town's coast line.



After meeting with some of the locals they said most of the fishing factories had closed down over the years and jobs were few. Tourism been the remaining mayor source of income, I wondered for how long this town could sustain itself especially if the Mining activity up the coast slows.


The Atlantic was cold as always and the coast line rugged with many birds and sea creatures enjoying the warm sunshine. I can only hope that more tourists will make there way to Port Nolloth including McDougall's Bay to support the locals before heading to the Richtersveld.....



As the locals put it ' Veels Geluk Vonnyl '
Cheers.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 07:35
 
The Richtersveld World Heritage Site PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 11:31

The Richtersveld World Heritage Site and Trans-frontier National Park is a place I've always wanted to explore. The 4x4 terrain, rare botanical diversity and amazingly rugged Landscapes, not to mention the Stars is nothing short of breath taking. This National Park provides self catering camping so you need to book in advance and is only open for the parts of the year due to the extreme heat.

The Quiver tree or Kokerboom is a Aloe species Aloe dichotoma and indigenous to Southern Africa, specifically in the Northern Cape and Namibia and gets its name from the San people which practice hollowing out the tubular branches of Aloe to form quivers for their arrows. Planning is crucial and the distances in the park can be far so you don't want to miss out on the unique flora and fauna, get out the car and explore the surroundings other than around your camp site.

Vygies - Root System -  Aloe dichotoma- Quiver Tree

Hand of God

Aloe

Half Mens

We were delighted to spot the Klipspringer and the Springbok from afar but the Hartmann’s mountain zebra and various other small Antelopes also roam the Park.

Unfortunately we didn't spend the night at Kokerboom camp ( image 1 ) which in my opinion is the best camp in the park, high up in the Mountains with Quiver trees everywhere and huge rock formations, a Photographers dream!! Following much debate and some awesome 4x4 roads we headed back down to De Hoop on the Orange River.

This was our final night, the River was running strong and my desire to return was even stronger. If you enjoy Camping and Photography the Richtersveld World Heritage Site and Trans-frontier National Park is a Top destination so book early!

The importance of protecting these lands and the Eco systems that live in them from Mining should be our top priority.

Until next time, enjoy!

Cheers...

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:14
 
Nature takes it back in Kolmanskop PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Saturday, 07 May 2011 09:56

 

 

Kolmanskop is a ghost town in the Southern part of Namibia, situated approx. 20km inland from the sea town of Luderitz.

In 1908 the town of Luderitz was the place to be if you had the capital and crew to mine diamonds. Within 2 years a new town was born complete with hospital, bowling alley, school, casino and some very plush residential accommodation in a sandy and very windy desert.

During the 50's the town was deserted and Nature began to take back what was theirs. Soon solid materials began to rust and disintegrate leaving this town open to the elements and the Ghost Town was born!

Today some of the buildings have been restored and information is displayed about the mining activity and some interesting stories of diamond theft.

Kolmanskop is definitely a place to visit if you in the area. To view some more images of this interesting place go to the Collections section on my site.

Cheers.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2011 18:04
 
Mike and his Mechanics PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 07:08

Following the usual car problems that all of us face from time to time and the exorbitant costs that occur. I was introduced to Mike from the Free State, trading in Eastleigh from a warehouse with no electricity except power from the vehicles battery. Initially I thought the repairs would take forever and while interestingly hanging around and keen to help out where ever possible, Mike was only to happy to explain some of the basics which are always needed if you stuck in the City or the Bush!

 

Needless to say, the job was completed A Sap and I have returned on various occasions for different reasons and got to know the crew. I've realized the importance of artisans in our developing country and more should be done to promote tradesmen in all the specialized fields, I've also realized how much parts actually cost.

The image below was printed for Mike and his Mechanics as appreciation for great service delivery and allowing me to get my hands dirty!

 

 

Thanks Mike!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 09:50
 
Silence is Broken PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Monday, 26 July 2010 07:02

On entry of the vast Central Kalahari Game Reserve in March of 2010, through the eastern point of Xade, we had been on the road for almost a month covering about 5500km of Namibia and Botswana and heading south back to Johannesburg we knew the Great Kalahari had to be seen! Been the second largest Game Reserve in the world and charactirised by the vast open plains, saltpans and the ancient riverbeds, even 3 days was good enough for us. The grass was long and the Wildlife sightings in the beginning were few but the silence was majestically beautiful. Heading towards the Sunday Pans and Deception Valley we spotted large herds of Gemsbok running off into the distance and a Lioness lying and waiting in the road in front of us. I think she missed her moment but in that instant the silence was broken.

 


 

 

Following that nice surprise the campsite was no different, we were on numerous occasions interrupted by Lions roaring close to us while cooking our Potjie, and then again waking us up in the early morning walking through the campsite. Looking ahead, contemplating the present and the future in this magical landscape, I remember thinking of the Destiny of our Wildlife and of myself and realizing that destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. I look forward to returning to this amazing land, but for now it's back to Jozi !!

 


Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 09:11
 
Panning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:14

Panning is a technique that can produce amazing results (if you perfect it…. or get lucky) but is also one that can take a lot of practice to get right.

The basic idea behind panning as a technique is that you pan your camera along in time with the moving subject and end up getting a relatively sharp subject but a blurred background.

This gives the shot a feeling of movement and speed. It’s particularly useful in capturing any fast moving subject whether it be a racing car, running wildlife, cyclist etc.

I’ve found that panning seems to work best with moving subjects that are on a relatively straight trajectory which allows you to predict where they’ll be moving to. Objects that are moving side to side are challenging and can result in messy looking shots as the motion blur can be quite erratic.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:22
 
Home away from Home! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Monday, 05 July 2010 15:01

Last weekend i had the opportunity to visit my old home town Cape Town.

We had a long to-do list which obviously included visiting the famous Brass Bell in Kalk Bay with friends and family, climbing Lions Head if the weather permitted and heading to Boulders Beach in Simon's Town to see how the Penguins are doing, to name but a few. So after a delayed flight and not much sleep we finally arrived and realized the weather wasn't as good as we hoped. I hadn't been to Boulders since the reserve was created and i was really happy to see the large amount of bird life together with all the new born Penguins in this protected area. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre.


Unfortunately we where only there for a couple of hours and the cold south east wind came through bringing in the clouds and obscuring the morning light, so we drove around the beautiful Simon's Town and headed to the Bell for some lunch and a cold Castle!

Cape Town has a certain romance about it, with the wild Cape Peninsula flanked by both the Indian and Atlantic oceans,beautiful beaches and panoramic views, I wondered if we should re-locate back to the Stad, I was sooo relaxed! On our last night the weather broke we decided to have sun downers at the Blue Peter, with awesome views across the bay Joburg was the last place i wanted to go back to.

I guess all good things come to a end and it only encourages us to return!

Realizing how beautiful and romantic our South Africa really is.


 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 15:23
 
Giants Castle, the land of the Bearded Vulture PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Monday, 21 June 2010 08:33

 

I had the pleasure in visiting Giants Castle, the land of the Bearded Vulture and many more averian friends, thanks to a fellow Photographer Shem Compion. We got there fairly late on the Friday evening and couldn't wait for the morning to arrive and head to the hide. I had researched the raptors but I had never seen any bird so big in flight before and was told they might not even arrive! Just before sunrise we arrived at one of the best hides i have ever been to. We set up camera, poured a coffee and kept a watchful eye on the sky above. The mountain ahead was covered in fog and not long after we were visited by the Red-winged starlings and some very inquisitive Ravens, and the fun began often forgetting about the Raptors. After much anticipation we finally saw a huge shadow sweeping over the landscape and we new these beautiful creators were in the area.

Unlike most vultures, the Lammergeier does not have a bald head. This huge bird is 95–125 cm (37–49 in) long with a wingspan of 275–308 cm (108–121 in) (10 feet), and is quite unlike most other vultures in flight due to its large, narrow wings and long, wedge-shaped tail feathers. It weighs 4.5–7.5 kg (9.9–17 lb).

The adult has a buff-yellow body and head, the latter with the black moustaches which give this species its alternative name. It may rub mud over its chin, breast and leg feathers, giving these areas a rust-coloured appearance. The tail feathers and wings are grey. The juvenile bird is dark all over, and takes five years to reach full maturity. The Lammergeier is silent, apart from shrill whistles at the breeding crags, and can live up to 40 years in captivity.

Finally they swept past us and with great anxiousness I captured this special moment. I look forward to returning in the future and I will never forget the experience. Have a look at some more images in my Collections..........

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 15:22
 
Lights, Camera & lots of Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:13

 

Lights, Camera and lots of Water

Over the past few days the heavens have definitely opened up over Gauteng Johannesburg, so while most of us were indoors watching t.v. I thought i'd get the old camera out and venture into the street! Water was every where, the thunderous noise from the clouds above and the motor vehicles passing by at speed grabbed my attention. Its never a dull moment, light,color,texture and movement all around us, all we need to do is look!

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 July 2010 15:21
 
GOING PLACES! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Heath   
Monday, 12 April 2010 11:24

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 July 2010 15:24