Bishop Bird Nature Area – 5 November 2013

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I visited the Bishop Bird Nature Area on Tuesday morning (5 Nov 2013). I am always looking out for new places with good photo opportunities.

However, I was somewhat disappointed about this spot. The bush and trees are very thick and the chances of seeing a bird clearly are quite slim.

There are several little single path excursions from the main trail, which should rather be avoided as they just end up in dead-ends or the bush becomes too thick to go any further.

There are four blesbucks. I tried to get close to them, but they kept on running this way and that way.

So, if you are looking for animal life, this is perhaps not the place to visit.

GPS: 25°52’38.48″S – 28° 8’33.72″E

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Rietvlei Nature Reserve – 2 November 2013

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This past weekend I once again visited the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, just a few kilometres south from where I live. Although entrance is not free here, it is only R40 (about $4) for an adult, R20 ($2) for children 6-16 years, and R5 ($0.50) for children younger than that. GPS coordinates are 25°52’59.26″S – 28°15’49.95″E.

There are about 60Km of trail to ride on. Unfortunately, you have to remain in your car, and may only get out at designated areas. However, there are day or weekend hikes with the accompaniment of a game ranger. This is going to be my next endeavour at Rietvlei. This time the whole family must go together.

Moreletakloof Nature Reserve – 30 Oct 2013

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Just a few kilometres from where I live, in the neighbouring suburb of Moreleta Park, there is a little gem of a nature reserve called The Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Entrance at this reserve is also free. GPS coordinates are 25°49’0.68″S – 28°17’28.16″E. The entrance is on the corner of Helios St and Palmiet St in Moreleta Park.

There are all kinds of animals here, but nothing dangerous. There is a total of about 7.5Km of trails to hike on and there are a few bird hides.

If you arrive early, within the first hour or so of the day, then you will find most of these animals close to the main entrance.

June: club photographic judging

Last month was a bit of a shock to me in the sense that before last month’s club meeting I had entered 5 photographs the previous months and all were awarded gold awards. Then came last month and I entered 4 photos of which 3 got silver awards and only one gold.

So, with a new challenge for this month’s judging at the club I thought I’d try again! The Set Subject for this month was Mono Abstract. That is apart from all the other normal categories like Nature, Mono, Sport, etc.

I walked away there very surprised tonight since at my 1 Star level I won three categories and in the fourth I got a silver, which I kind of expected.

So, here are the pics:

Wired Up. Mono Abstract 1 Star category winner.

Stripes. Mono 1 Star category winner.

Seed Bearing. Nature 1 Star category winner.

Water Baby.

With Water Baby I had a feeling that it would only get a silver. However, I still hoped that because there was water and movement involved that somehow it could get a gold. But alas, no! I actually told my wife when I chose the photograph that I would probably only get a silver.

I really enjoy the monthly meeting at the photographic club. We get to chat with other photographers and we get to listen to the judges’ comments and so learn through what they have to say.