I haven’t taken an HDR shot in ages (since I was in Italy in Oct last year), and the recent debates on digital photo school have raised my interest in it. So when I saw this car in Kalk Bay, it was the perfect opportunity.
Taken about 6 weeks ago at a conference in Pretoria. I love the red sunsets that you get up there on the South African highveld.
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Lakeside from above. Zandvlei in the front, with the Muizenberg mountains in the distance.
From the bottom right, you can see a little of Muizenberg beach, and the exit of the vlei in to the sea.
Towards the back, you can see Marina da Gama on the right, and Zandvlei (the lake) in the middle, with the little village of Zandvlei (where I live) on the left. The Muizenberg village is bottom left.
And finally, Marina da Gama.
I am not sure why, but this building freaks me out a little. It is an old factory in Port Elizabeth that has been converted into offices. However, it looks to me like the sort of place that a Stephen King movie might be set. I don’t think I would be entirely happy working there.
We spent the weekend at Gold Reef City for annual Toastmasters conference. We arrived in a beautifully warn Thursday afternoon, and we had a couple of hours to spare before the formalities started. So what better way to spend it than wondering around the theme park.
The theme park is made to look like and old mining town, complete with mine trucks full of ore, old houses, and mining equipment strewn all over the place. It is a little cheesy, but not too over the top. The theme park is home to the (real) Crown Mines #14 shaft, which stretches over 3500m deep, and it its time was the deepest shaft in the world.
Today, you can travel down the shaft to a depth of about 250m and get a taste of what it is like working in a gold mine. being a theme park, there are the usual set of rides such as roller coasters and ferris wheels.
Ferris wheel, note the soccer balls.
One of the many roller coasters.
Sign for town square. The whole park is laid out to look like Johannesburg around 1900.
There are peacocks wondering around all over the place, in particular around the Protea Hotel where we stayed. The rooms have just been redone, and it is very nice.
Old steam engine.
Gold Reef City is a great place to spend a day, but in honesty, a day is probably long enough, you could probably even get away with 1/2 a day if you were pressed for time.