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Saturday, July 15, 2017

View of the Wolfberg Cracks in the Cederberg

On our way from Kromrivier, we saw this beautiful view of the Sanddrift valley and the Wolfberg Cracks in the far distance.  The last time we were here, these mountains were covered in snow.

This mountain in the background was ravished by a wild fire in December 2016, which made it inaccessible for the hiking community.  We look forward to return next year same time.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Hiking the Maltese Cross in the Cederberg

Our main aim on this hiking holiday was to hike the Wolfberg Arch, but unfortunately the route was closed due to a recent fire that ravaged the area in December 2016.

There are many other beautiful routes to hike in the Cederberg and the Maltese Cross (Dwarsrivier) is one not to be missed.



In the image above is our first stop since we left our cars at the start of the hike.  If you look carefully you can see the path and a white spot in the image, which is where we parked our cars.   The entire route is easy and no scrambling takes place.
Team Photo to celebrate finding this iconic destination at the Maltese Cross (taken by a friendly stranger)


Our second stop en route was for a quick snack to fuel up for the last stretch to the top.



This iconic destination is a must for any person visiting this area.  The entire return route was about 8 km far and took us 3-4 hours to complete.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hohenort Wine Estate's Camphor Champion Trees

Exploring the 9,5 acre gardens of Hohenort Wine Estate, encompasses a vineyard, flower tunnels and secret walkways, an enchanted forest that’s home to South Africa’s second oldest camphor trees (which have been granted Champion tree status), and so much more. Not to mention the friendly resident ducks and chameleons.

Something for all ages to enjoy, take a leisurely stroll in utter scenic tranquility then unwind afterwards over freshly baked scones and tea.

Here’s another sneak peek of what to expect. (source : The Collection)


Sunrise in the Cederberg

My attempt to do a time-lapse of the sun rising was rather fun and successful, but here is one of the ones that was my favourite moment in the time-lapse sequence.  Look out for the video to be made soon which will feature the sunrise at Kromrivier Tourist Park.  This is one of the many hidden gems for the area.


Friday, June 9, 2017

Video Cape Town Storm Chasers having some family fun

We headed over to Cape Town CBD on 7 June 2017 to go and view the spectacular waves hitting the shores.  The wave swell was 11m during it's peak and the wind gusted over 50 knots.

Hope you enjoy our video footage of the storm in this post!





Click here if you cant view the video below : Cape Town Storm Chasers Video

Cape Town Storm Chasers June 2017 from Alex Aitkenhead on Vimeo.




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sante Hotel and Wellness Spa in the Paarl Valley

After receiving an email from one of the investors at Sante Health & Spa Resort, we were commissioned to take some more photographs of the beautiful surrounding environment.  In general this location is picture perfect, however the wind and dry weather can make it a more challenging shoot.

On the day of our shoot for the client it happened to be one of the windiest days of the year, even the worlds largest time trial, The Cape Town Cycle Tour was cancelled on this specific day of our shoot.

Regardless of the wind and the weather, we managed to capture some lovely moments and also added a few from a photo shoot a few years ago. 

An evening star for another awesome setting of the Sante Hotel and Wellness Spa.
Looking at the iconic Simonsberg Mountain is probably the most photographed mountain in this special valley home to many of the best wine estates in the world.
The full moon rising on a wind still moment had us running around trying to capture the moment.
The architecture of the hotel allows one to capture some amazing images.

Private residents on the estate.

After the photograph was taken in 2012, we returned in 2017 and it was very sad to see this Willow Tree chopped down.  It could have died and they simply removed it.  Another post card image looking across the mirroring water of the Cape Fold mountain range.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Champion Tree River Red Gum Stellenbosch

The Eucalyptus camaldulensis, known as a River Red Gum in Stellenbosch is listed as an official Champion Tree of South Africa, located at the local Bergzicht Market.
This beautiful specimen was planted in 1880.

Champion Tree Lombary Poplar in Aukland Park Johannsburg

Populus nigra. (Lombardy poplar) Rush Fischer Tree. Lothbury Avenue Aukland Park, Johannesburg 



Beautiful beaches of Cape Town - Big Bay

Big Bay Beach is known to be one of the many beautiful beaches around Cape Town.  It is located on the West Coast of Africa and is known as a blue flag beach.  This status has however been criticised by the local community due to the excessive pollution that is out of control and should be under control by the local government.  It is one of the top 10 destinations for kite surfing and wind surfing in the world.  Having said this, this beach is a very popular surfing beach too.
Every now and again you get pre-frontal fleece clouds that sweep in from the north creating dramatic skies assisting any landscape photo.
Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, earning it's rightful place.