Mtshabezi Dam…

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Built in a long narrow valley, Mtshabezi Dam is long and deep. These two photos are taken in the bright overhead sunlight, in the mid day.

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It was a bit later, when I took this one:

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Fishermen, who brave the road with their boats, launch just in front of where I was standing.

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I really like this rock (above)with the trees growing out of them. I tried to line it up with another interesting rock in the foreground, but it just didn’t gel. I’ll try again when I get the boat into the water.

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The trees are beginning to shed their leaves and that orange, is actually leaves, not flowers.

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I liked the stark white of this dead tree – taken in the late afternoon light. Im thinking someone good at manipulating RAW images might have fun with it.

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These last images were taken with fading light.

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Cain…

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I took this photo (above) in Esigodini – I don’t want to say much about this man – too often we have opinions of other’s dress/life-choices/houses and probably shouldn’t, cos we don’t walk in their shoes.

 

Esigodini…

Is a little village about fifty kilometres from Bulawayo heading south towards Johannesburg. The town and buildings have changed since I grew up there, but the surrounding countryside is much the same.P1280921

And that’s about it in the main street! The Why Not Hotel’s paint job is a little garish next to the post office’s more traditional one!

And then we leave the town for the countryside…

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I chose to avoid a $2.00 toll gate and took this road! (Heading South west.)

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Looking south and late in the evening, is an unusual view of the Matopos (although one I’ve posted here before, but taken in the morning.)

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OK, so this is a bit of a cheat! I didn’t HAVE to go on this road to avoid the toll! But I did in order to follow the sunset! You know, I think taking photos is sort of like surfing. Like a surfer, waiting for that perfect wave, I sit around in the freezing evenings, or walk up just one more hill, or drive my poor car down roads like this one above – looking for that perfect shot! Always just around the corner!

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The sunset was worth driving home in the dark (I don’t have the best night sight!)

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It’s cold now (temperatures are just over 0 degrees C)

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This last pic is taken on the main Johannesburg road – and it was eina cold!

Art in the Park…

Is held at the Hillside Dams every year, around about this time. Anyone can exhibit and this year, colourful tents added to the very colourful paintings (and other artwork.)

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Luckily the wind didn’t come up this year! Large canvases act as sails in high wind!

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Wonderful bright paintings…

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So nice to meet up with old friends too.

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These awesome wire pieces are interesting.

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And this last one (below) is interesting. Its a pity the light was just too strong – but I still like it, and especially in black and white.

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