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Lady’s Slipper Sunset Photograpy Outing

Our photography club outing for this month was a trip to Lady Slipper to try and get a shot of the sunset. Unfortunately the weather did not play fair and was really cloudy and miserable! I only got one decent shot on this trip and I am really proud of it.

Lady Slipper Sunset

The second picture is a shot I took a year ago when the weather was a little better.

Lady Slipper Sunset

 

If you get the opportunity to visit Lady’s Slipper, don’t turn it down.  It is really an awesome place.
Both these photos were taken with a Canon 7D camera using 3 photos merged in LuminanceHDR software to give the dynamic effects.

Limestone Sugarbush – Protea obtusifolia

The Protea obtusifolia or the Limestone Sugarbush belongs to the Proteaceae family. Other names for this include the Bredasdorp protea, limestone protea and limestone sugarbush. This is the white form of this Protea and they vary from white to vivid shades of red. The leaves on the rest of the plant are dark green, elongated and leathery. They grow upwards of two to four meters in height and usually takes the form of a large, roundish shrub.

Protea obtusifolia

Protea obtusifolia is a vigorous, robust species forming a rounded shrub and is easily raised from seeds. It  is a relatively long-lived, large bushy evergreen shrub and does well as a screening or informal hedge plant. It produces beautiful, long-lasting cut flowers during the winter months, still looking good after 20 years. Unlike most proteas it thrives in clay and alkaline soils. It is equally at home in acidic ‘fynbos’ soils. It is also tolerant of coastal conditions and withstands salt-laden winds. It is drought tolerant and requires little supplementary watering when established. It requires protection from frost.

Photo taken at the van Stadens Flower Reserve near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

References: http://www.plantzafrica.com

 

 

Crowned Plover (Lapwing)

A beautiful bird, this Crowned Plover, taken at Cape St. Francis Resort.  This was one of the two guarding a nest next to a public sidewalk. They get really agitated when anyone walks by with hi pitched, noisy and loud ‘kreep kreep kreep’ sounds. They also fly at people and pets that get to close to their nest. The Crown Plovers’ diet consists mainly of beetles, termites, grasshoppers and other small invertebrates. The female will lay 2-3 eggs at a time, but on a rare occasion 4 eggs. They are a common resident in open country, short grasslands and fields. Scientific Name is vanellus coronatus. The Afrikaans name for this is Kroonkiewiet.
Cape st. Francis is located in the Eastern Cape, near Port Elizabeth, in South Africa.

Crowned Plover

 

Storm Approaching Koffylaagte Game Lodge

Once again, I have been playing around with the HDR effect. This picture was taken out at Koffylaagte Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape. There was a storm approaching, but completely fizzled out to a drizzle on getting there. We enjoyed the game drives, the quad biking and also the delicious food that they had on offer. The kids also enjoyed a swim in the pool and had fun on the horses. All in all, this place was a magnificent place to stay for the weekend and a good time had by all.

There are a number of programs you can use to do HDR, namely : Photomatix (paid for), Picturenaut and a few other free ones. Also search Google for HDR Tutorials and start learning this fun technique.

Storm Approaching Koffylaagte

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

The Brown Hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon Albiventris) is a species of bird in the Halcyonidae family and is distinguished from other red billed kingfishers by its brownish colored head, with black streaks. Its habitat is non-aquatic, thornveld, coastal forests and is also common to gardens and parks. The adults size is about 19 to 20 cm. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This picture was taken in a nearby bush in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Afrikaans name for this is Bruinkopvisvanger.

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

Spotted Thick Knee

The Spotted Thick-knee is commonly known as the Dikkop in South Africa. It’s scientific name is Burhinus Capensis. It is a common resident in any open country area, including parks and fields. They are often found in pairs and are masters of camouflage. They can remain absolutely still such that they will not be noticed, but will fly immediately when a predator or a threat is too close. Their diet consists mainly of termites, locusts, beetles, other bugs and sometimes small reptiles. This picture was taken at a place called The Island near Seaview Lion Park, outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Spotted Thick Knee

Spotted Thick Knee

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A Google Map on the location of The Island

View The Island in a larger map

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly

These dragonflies are from the family Libellulidae. This particular specimen is Trithemis Arteriosa. They are widespread and common with a wingspan of around 58mm. This one is a dull orange colour probably indicating that it is a female. The males are typically red bodied with red leading wings. Their food mainly consists of passing insects.

Red Veined Dropwing DragonFly