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Aquarelle10
11-14-2006, 05:38 PM
I wasn't sure whether to continue with adding photos to the first thread or start a new one in case anyone missed the only photo I managed to get of a jazz player. Well one I would wish to paint anyway! :o

So after going up in a cable car,diving with sharks, a sunset cruise in an old sailing boat on choppy seas and visiting the wine region we almost came to the end of our stay in Capetown.

Previous photos are here.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=382507

We decided to visit the waterfront one more time to look around as the atmosphere was so lively there with live music non stop and up until now I hadn't had a chance to take any photogrpahs. I was either shaking from just coming off a boat or from the top of the mountain or seeing sharks so we aimed for one more try.

Our final day was to be the one that was quiet but my husband had just one more tiny little idea that would help make our visit more memorable.

More sightseeing............

In this!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-helicopter!.jpg

This is where the camera should have been focussed on my face! It must have been a picture in itself.

I've flown in a helicopter before over the alps in Switzerland and over Thailand to avoid traffic and landing on a hotel roof before now and as a tourist in New York but not one as tiny as this one.

As we took off I felt my tummy lurch but the views soon took my breath away again.

The harbour didn't look so wonderful from a distance.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-heliharbour.jpg

But we gradually moved further away and the coast line came into view. Table Mountain is in the distance here.

The sea is bright turquoise and we hovered over whales in a more secluded spot.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-heli2.jpg

And this is one of my favourite shots. I have many but I don't want to bore you all.

They say at times a white cloud sits on top of table mountain and it looks just like a white table cloth. Here is my first view of clouds just sitting on top of the mountain.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-Heli1.jpg

I never expected to see them from above. Only from below.

This really was an exciting way to view the area and as much as I was against the idea I loved it when we were in the air!

The harbour and jazz singer next.

Aquarelle10
11-14-2006, 05:45 PM
Finally my feet were on solid ground and yet again I was shaking as we walked around the waterfront but I was thrilled to come across this little guy sunbathing and opening a sleepy eye to watch me before I took his photo.

I think the seals who swim around the area are very used to crowds.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-sealsunbathing2.jpg

He looked so cute and I desperately wanted to stroke him but maybe that wasn't such a great idea!

( I like the photo of the seal.I finally think I'm getting better with my camera just as it's time to come home!:lol: )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-SealSammy.jpg

Another seal playing nearby.

Theres something special about seeing any creature happy in it's natural habitat.

A landmark of the waterfront.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-clock_tower.jpg

I love the colour of the red against that bright blue sky. It hardly looks believable.

Last few photos coming up!

Aquarelle10
11-14-2006, 05:52 PM
My favourite photographs and memories. I love music. I love live music best of all and watching these guys play was terrific.

The sun shone and it was impossible to stand still while this great sound filled the air.

Firstly we turned a corner and came across these guys.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-musicians.jpg

I love the shadow on that drum.The beat was great but the guy playing the gasoline can in the distance gained my attention after this!

My favourite player and anyone is free to use this photograph. I think it has great potential to be turned into many paintings to be honest as the shades are so interesting and shapes too.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-Jazzplayer1.jpg

Here is the group.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-jazzplayer2.jpg

I love the expression on the closest guys face. I wandered around and tried to get candid shots but he kept trying to see where I was so he could grin at me!

Aquarelle10
11-14-2006, 06:13 PM
This isn't the best photo to show the contrast but it seems everywhere in the world you travel you see similar scenes.

When we left the airport on arrival and as we drove back to return home we passed townships. Hundreds of tiny huts reaching out for miles where families lived some in very poor conditions. The cables are linked up for electricity in some luckier homes.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-Townships.jpg

Children played football in the dust and we saw so many youngsters having to share one ball and enjoy their game.

The stark contrast of this area to the wealthier sights is food for thought indeed but everywhere I turned I always saw so many smiling faces. Sometimes I've wondered from travelling if it is the people who have nothing who have so much in this world.They value family, health and friendships while greed , envy and jealousy seem to hit those who already have far too much.

There is so much I didn't have time to see that I desperately want to return for.

I missed Boudlers Bay where you can walk on a beach amongst the penguins,the emotional museum in District Six.

http://www.districtsix.co.za/frames.htm

In fact I could go on but I would love to go back soon for a variety of reasons other than a holiday.

Our return to UK was not without a surprise. I picked these flowers from my garden the day I came home.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Nov-2006/71657-RosesNovember.jpg

Can you believe I still have roses here in November? And Penstemon too. Its incredible.

Now I need to prepare for my trip to Asia with a little teaching and painting in between!

I hope you liked the photographs and please let me know if you paint the jazz guy. I'd love it if anyone did!

Jean.

ameliajordan
11-14-2006, 06:37 PM
Jean thanks so for all the photos - the ones of the band players are great and I had no idea how magnificant the geography!!!!!

Clara McArthur
11-14-2006, 06:42 PM
I loved the photographs. thank you for sharing them.

jaydiva
11-14-2006, 06:43 PM
Oh that cloud on the mountain is fantastic!!!!
Beautiful photos, Jean :)
YES i love the musicians but my all time favorite is still the SEAL!!! They have the neatest shape and look so smoooooooooth.

:clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for taking us on this trip with you :)

Aquarelle10
11-14-2006, 07:27 PM
Jutta I wish you could have really been on the trip with me. I might have been able to keep my feet on solid ground for longer with you on my side making the decisions! I love the seal too!

Clara you are welcome and thank you for adding a comment.

Hi Amelia, I honestly had no idea how marvellous the gepgraphy was either. I'll add more aerial views when I can to give you a better idea of the Cape which is really wonderful to see on land,by sea or by air. I think we just about covered the lot!

Jean.

Uschi
11-14-2006, 07:29 PM
Excellent trip Jeand and thank you so much for takinbg us along - photos are quite wonderful as is your narrative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Uschi

YY?
11-15-2006, 02:04 AM
What Uschi said ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Jim

Aquarelle10
11-15-2006, 02:31 AM
Thank you Uschi and Jim! I was beginning to wonder what I'd done wrong as I thought folks might like the jazz player!

I know my photographs are bad but I had no idea they were THAT bad!!!!!!!:o

Jean.:lol: ;)

YYcat
11-15-2006, 02:39 AM
Thanks Jean for letting us trafel with you on screen. Beautiful pictures. :thumbsup:

stephie20
11-15-2006, 03:05 AM
Jean...these are just excellent.:envy: :envy: :envy: ....who said you couldn't use that camera...

Bob(2)
11-15-2006, 06:18 AM
Jean, great pictures, looks like your trip was exciting, and thrilling with all the stuff you did.. BTW, your camera work is fine. Bet your dogs were glad to see you when you got back!

plec
11-15-2006, 07:24 AM
Jean I bet you are pleased to be back for a rest from your holiday, it seems to have been non stop.
Regards Ken..

pasta
11-15-2006, 08:41 AM
Jean
What a dream of a trip -- love your photos. Every one of them a painting in my mind. And that seal is adorable. Welcome back!
Tina

jaytee
11-15-2006, 05:48 PM
Jean.... nothing to straighten here............;) ( Ive tweaked a few in the other thread for you... we can now see in the dark :D) Marvellous ariel shots ... and I LOVE those musicians...........maybe one day ????????

That surely was a trip to remember :) Thankyou for sharing it here.....

Little Old Lady
11-15-2006, 05:52 PM
Love the Jazz players. Was wondering why you didn't get nire "people" pictures.
JoAnn

Starsprite
11-15-2006, 11:25 PM
There's more?!!! Dang!! When you go on vacation....YOU GO ON VACATION!! :D I bet the jazz players music was great, did you dance? I loved the white blanket cloud you got to view OVER the mountain from the hellicopter! That would scare me too I think! Great pics Jean! :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:

Aquarelle10
11-17-2006, 11:43 AM
Love the Jazz players. Was wondering why you didn't get nire "people" pictures.
JoAnn

JoAnn I wish I had managed more time to take far more people pictures but we seemed to roll from one adventure to the next and I'm lucky to have managed any shots at all minus shaking hands!

Jaytee thank you so much for showing me what can be done to correct shots. Now I'm definitely going to see how much I can learn from here on in.

My dogs were definitely happy to see us home and haven't left my side much other than when I was teaching. Bailey races to the door each time I move in case I'm planning on going anywhere without him!

Ken its been all go this week with hardly any time to rest but I'm beginning to think thats what my life is permanently becoming!

The rain here all day is making me long to be back in South Africa!!!!!!

Stephie there is no way these are a patch on your fantastic skills. You definitely inspire me to get better and it was fascinating watching you yesterday.

I'll keep trying and learning hopefully!

Jean.