KwaZulu-Natal scenes in black & white

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Towards the end of May I spent a week in KwaZulu-Natal for work. All in all, since I was sick and we were really busy in took some spectacularly average photos that I stuck in a folder on my desktop and left for a month. Yesterday, on the flight to Nairobi, I had four hours to kill – the perfect opportunity to go through them and see if anything could be salvaged. This is the result – one of these, the very empty landscape, was actually taken from a moving car. I really love editing in black and white – it is pretty amazing how it can transform a very bland photo taken in poor light, because it is the shape and composition which takes precedence of color and light quality.

Autumn comes to Johannesburg

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The best thing about Durban is that it is always warm. The downside of that is that you don’t really have seasons…and while I am no fan of winter, I really do enjoy autumn/fall (depending where you come from). You still have warm sunny days, but no unbearable heat (who am I kidding, I love unbearable heat) and the leaves turn such beautiful colours. On Thursday and Friday this week the weather in Jozi cooled down and it rained, making it the perfect cuddle weather – even though I had no one to cuddle.
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Going down to Durban town

In just a few hours I will be hopping on to a plane and flying down to Durban to visit my family. I am unsually excited about this, but I guess over the past two years I haven’t spent much time in the city that I grew up in, and absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Enough negativity though, I wanted to post about the things I love most about visiting Durban.

1. The sea – I was born by the sea and grew up by the sea. I like just being able to see it every day, to smell it, to hear the waves crashing. I love the way the sun reflects off it. I love counting the ships waiting to come in.

2. The beach – yes the sea and the beach go together but you can enjoy the sea without stepping foot on the beach.

3. Seeing my mom and my Moo.

4. The general chaos of my parent’s house – my house in Joburg is so quiet and ordered. I can leave anything without worrying that some critter (usually Koko the African Grey) will destroy it within minutes. In small doses the chaos is quite entertaining.

This is Koko, destroyer of all things.

5. John and Joanna’s cooking – my sister and her boyfriend and amazing cooks. I love that I don’t have to come anywhere near the kitchen while I am in Durban. And all the meals are better-than-restaurant quality.

This was John and Joanna making 'Zulu' sushi - with fillet steak in place of fish. It was amazing.