The lovely Sarah from ItsSarahAnn recently nominated me for the 7 Days of Nature Photography Challenge – a blogger tag I’d never seen before, but seemed right up my street. Well… when I say recently, I mean it was almost two months ago… I’m in desperate need of an editorial calendar. *Cough*.
The basic idea of the challenge is that you take a photo every day for seven days. To be honest, I was SO relieved when I saw that Sarah had cheated, because I figured it meant I could cheat too (that’s the rule, right?). What follows is pictures taken on seven different days, but not consecutive ones. I like my fair bit of nature, but seven straight days seemed like a bit too much sunshine and fresh air for me. Personally, I think the challenge worked out better for me to do it this way, because you now get pictures from four different places!
My first pictures from our overnight stay at Warmwaterberg Spa last December. It’s a lovely place just outside of Barrydale. The top picture is from a crazy, boiling hot dust storm we had in the afternoon, and the next picture is from the hail storm that started literally about ten minutes later! It was officially crazy weather.
A few days after Barrydale my sisters and I spent the day in Stellenbosch, and visited the Stellenbosch Museum. This was taken in one of its courtyards. It’s a really interesting place, and quite inexpensive, so I’d definitely recommend a visit. Even if you don’t visit the museum, Stellies is definitely a good place to visit just for the stunning scenery!
My now-boyfriend and I had a picnic in Kini Bay last year, a really cute beach in Port Elizabeth. It’s a bit more rocky and shelly (totally a word) than sandy, and in the shallows I found this patch of amazing green algae.
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were having breakfast at the beachfront Angelo’s when I decided to snap a few quick pictures of the pier from our table. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of Port Elizabeth and one of my favourite places, thanks in no small part to all the delicious food that can be found within viewing distance of it 😉 I know the pier isn’t technically nature, but the beach around it is beautiful.
I was in Hogsback this past weekend and while we arrived too late to see any real snow, there was a little bit of frost left over. I got what are probably some of my favourite pictures I’ve ever taken! I just love how warm and cosy this picture feels, despite the ice. The combination of pine cones, twigs, and frost make me think of my dream rustic white Christmas!
When I visited Cape Town in January, one day I made the great trek from the Waterfront all the way along the coast to Camps Bay. It’s a beautiful walk, and I really recommend it. It’s about 10km and takes roughly 2 hours. My only problem was getting to Camps Bay – exhausted – and not being able to find a single can of Coke to get my blood sugar up! I eventually settled on a Fanta Pineapple which was a delicious blast from the past. Ramble over.
The first picture is taken through the hole in an artwork quite near the beginning of the route. It’s called Morphous, by Lionel Smit, and is two women’s heads joined together. It’s less creepy than it sounds. Cape Town – like Port Elizabeth – can get very windy, and the second picture was taken at a particularly windy moment, when the sea was getting choppy.
Lastly, some pictures from another day when I adventured around Cape Town, this time on a Red Bus. If you’ve never been on the Red Bus Tour I highly recommend it. I think it’s quite good value for money, but definitely get the 2 day pass! One day just isn’t enough to do everything. Next time I take a proper holiday to Cape Town I’m so keen to go again so I can do everything I missed. Let me know if you’d like to read a more in depth post about the Red Bus Tour!
My pictures of the adorable ducks (SO fluffy!) were taken when I stopped at the Company Gardens and wandered through. It’s a beautiful place filled with super sweet birds and stunning flowers.
7 Days of Nature Nominees:
Gabriella from Luna Life Magazine. She recently posted about her newfound love of photography so I think she’d enjoy this. She’s also from Port Elizabeth, and I love seeing PE through the eyes of others!
Bee from Queen Beady because I LOVE her travel and nature shots and I want more.
And just anyone who wants to do it!
What do you think of my pictures? Do you enjoy taking pictures of nature? Drop me a comment if you do this tag. I’d love to see!