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The Urn Plant

We have had an urn plant for a few years and about two years ago after it bloomed, it sprouted and we transplanted these into other pots. Sine then we have watched them grow and nurtured them as best we can and have waited with expectation to see when they will come into bloom. Three of these new urn plants have started their journey to blossom and they are now making their exit to open up and display their wonderful colours, blooming only once in their lifetime.

Aechmea fasciata (silver vase, urn plant) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to Brazil.

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Season of Singing

For many of us, we page through a Bible and don’t take too much notice of the small things. I wanted to find a verse on flowers, so I did a quick search in the app that I use. I remembered a verse that says “See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these” ( Matthew 6 and Luke 12). But here is something that the search revealed which I did not know. In the Old Testament, flowers are referred to as ornaments made for the ancient Jewish Temple in the books of Exodus and Kings. Every other reference to flowers in this app, speaks of how they wither and fade way. Except one. Where the New Testament speaks of “Solomon in all his splendour”, Solomon wrote this amazing verse tucked away near the middle of the Bible.

Song of Solomon 2 verse 11: “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come.”

For those of us who live in Cape Town with a winter rainfall, this is so true.
The season of singing has come.

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Mini Gerbera

Flowers are part of God’s unique creation where no two are alike. They resemble beauty beyond our grasp and we as mere man, can only be in awe of what is displayed for us to see. While passing by a florist, I saw these mini Gerbera’s. They were all bundled according to their colours. “But what if I could make a bundle of my own” I wondered. Wondering turned into question, so I asked the owner if it was possible. While giving me the nod, I had to ask one more question. “Would you mind if I hand selected my bundle, I need to photograph it?”

Giving me another go-ahead, I selected tree bundles of each colour, took them apart and reselect a multicolour bundle just for me. Yes, I know it seems a little selfish, but it was for a good cause and I’m sure you will agree.

Featured here are Rosalin in white, Damar in orange and Showgirl in pink.

 

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Incy Wincy Spider

“Incy wincy spider climbed up the waterspout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out,
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
So Incy wincy spider climbed up the spout again.”

Well…..Incy was not found by the waterspout but was camouflaged on a lavender. What an amazing find by my wife while visiting with friends. I had to bring Incy home and set up some studio lighting to be able to show off her beauty.

Thanks to my friends for helping me to identify Incy. She is known as a Crab Spider. Incy and her friends do not spin webs, but catch their prey with those extra long front legs as they are ambush hunters.

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The Small Things

With a world filled with big ideas, God in His infinite wisdom is filled with small details. The things we pass by and hardly look at, are some of the most beautiful in all creation.

We often look at the stars and say WOW, I know, I do. But today, I’m stopping and looking at the small things. The things that are created to perfection. The things that had to be designed in Heaven and showed on earth. These are the wonders of the small.

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Daily Bread

Something most of us do each day of our lives is to have some bread. Which ever shape or form it takes, bread has become our daily bread. For instance, my father in law always starts his day with a slice of bread and coffee. At home, I make the sandwiches for the kids to take to school. Bread has been the one food source that has stood the test of time. Today, we don’t just bake bread, we make and create bread.

Daily Bread

Shot on location with food editor Arina Du Plessis

A little bit of Retro

While looking for images for another edit, I came across these shots that I did years ago. It would only be right to see them again as this was shot in the beginning of the digital era and software was no where near to what it can do now. So here is a quick edit of old images in new software. Currently using Capture One Pro.

Retro copy

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Strawberry Shoot

It’s 40˚C on the location where I’m shooting today. Lots of water to drink, lots of strawberries to shoot. This is what the shoot with food editor Arina Du Plessis looks like.

Strawberry Shoot

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Clouds

Living in the Cape Town, we often have the most spectacular cloud formations.
These are a few I shot a few days ago.

While having dinner with the family, we noticed a “pink” colouring in the light.
I grabbed my tripod and camera, and set up for these shots.

Obviously, by the time I was done, dinner was cold, but it was worth it.