• #539. The Monday Post (19 December 2016)

#539. The Monday Post (19 December 2016)

Not bad is it? The Monday Post (MP) that is.   Recent research has shown that most would-be bloggers give up at post no. 4. Admittedly, there are three of us here at DearSusan, but MP is already on post no. 4, so I’m signing-off on a round of pats-on-the

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  • #460. We take photographs, but we make art

#460. We take photographs, but we make art

On occasion, I’ve been known to resemble Google’s StreetView avatar. Not for my girth – that’s something else entirely – but rather my regular and entirely circular changes of opinion pointing to post processing.   Casually viewing the pages of Flickr, 500px et al will set the tone; photographs of

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#436. A wet day out

#436. A wet day out

  The Interwebs is wonderful. The other day, I discovered that Ceres Rail – a new preservation group, with its base at the old South African Railways sidings at the town from which it gets its name – has just started running weekly scheduled steam hauled trips to the neighbouring

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  • #381. The Spey gives in (after four years)

#381. The Spey gives in (after four years)

  A diaspora usually works in one direction; the population leave in search of fame and fortune elsewhere. My best buddy always joked that the Scottish exodus of the early 20th century was so great that you could go into the bar at the end of the Amazon and be

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# 368. The Skye bit

# 368. The Skye bit

  Lunch was sublime, Cape Town’s best; fresh tuna carpaccio followed by spaghetti vongole for Mrs P and swordfish pasta for me. Washed down with a couple of glasses of more than acceptable local rosé and then, a quick trip to the airport.     Lunch? I’d promised Mrs P

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  • #353. It’s much further than I thought
  • #353. It’s much further than I thought

#353. It’s much further than I thought

I know it now and have done for a few weeks; Selebi Phikwe (SP) is a lot further than 2000km from where I live near Cape Town. And, truth to tell, if I hadn’t paid the deposit before I bothered to work that out, I wouldn’t be doing this.  

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  • #347. Misty sunrise at Theewaterskloof Dam
  • #347. Misty sunrise at Theewaterskloof Dam

#347. Misty sunrise at Theewaterskloof Dam

  Autumn has arrived in the Cape and our warm(ish), wet winter can’t be far behind.     Nestled deep in the Overberg, about thirty kilometres south of Franshhoek and within walking distance of Villiersdorp, Theewaterskloof Dam supplies a large percentage of Cape Town’s water and predictably at the end

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#310. Thorny issues with Flora

#310. Thorny issues with Flora

  Overnight, the temperature has plunged from a mid-afternoon high 30-something Celsius to what I guess is now around 12C – it feels chilly as I shake my clothes and shoes out – a frog sharing your footwear is an unpleasant surprise, something a little more venomous can really spoil

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  • #292. The Police Station at Noup

#292. The Police Station at Noup

If you use Google Maps to find Noup, you might be lucky enough to see a tiny dot on the satellite view, about 15 kilometres north(ish) of Koignaas in the Northern Cape. Six hundred kilometres from Cape Town and even farther away from Johannesburg, the area is arid, semi-desert and

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#277. Fighting off Otus envy.

#277. Fighting off Otus envy.

Zeiss’ 55mm Otus doesn’t stir me much. Of course, I want one; I’m a photographer after all. But I’ve got an ancient 50mm f1.4 manual focus AI Nikkor that delivers fantastic images and I still haven’t learned to get the best out of it yet. Besides which, it was a

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