Hi, I'm Andrew and I'm a photographer in Durban, South Africa. I work as a travel, commercial and event photographer, also offering portraiture, food, architectural and wedding photography. I also enjoy taking abstract, landscape and wildlife images. Please take a look at my portfolio, or contact me about doing a photo shoot.

Images from a road trip

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by andrewrhb No Comments

I recently took two weeks out to do something I’ve always wanted to do….. a roadtrip through Namaqualand, the West Coast and part of the Karoo… it wasn’t nearly long enough, I guess there is never enough time when travelling…. but I saw places I have always wanted to see…

One or two were disappointing, but the vast majority entralled and excited me… the weather wasn’t good, gee, I hit one of the biggest cold fronts to hit the Cape this year, and mud, snow, hail and torrential rain all played their parts…

I started in Cape Town, met up with some old friends, and took it from there… My first image that I really like is this one of a ship in Table Bay, lit up by a ray of light…. taken from the breakwater at the V&A Waterfront..

I have tried to put the images in chronological (?) order as I travelled… the next image is one of an Olive Thrush, taken in a friends garden in the Durbanville area… (that was before the party, afterwards for at least a day and a half I just couldn’t focus, either myself or the camera)

From here I travelled through to Montagu, via Robertson and Mcgregor…. I loved Montagu, and could quite easily move there, failing which visit it again and spend a week in the area. I stayed at the Vineyard, a delightful Country House hosted by Lauren and Louise…. awesome and I recommend it to anybody intending to spend time in Montagu….

The following images are all from the trip to and my stay in Montagu…

 

The old saying “red sky at night, shepherds delight… red sky at dawn, shepherds warn” played on my mind when I awoke in Montagu and saw the colour of the sky.. and it turned out to be fairly prophetic…

From Montagu I headed north, Sutherland and the SALT telescope my intended destination. Driving through some incredibly picturesque, and green country, I could see the first clouds of the cold front following me.. snow on the Swartberg and a chilly breeze. I stopped at Matjiesfontein (my first time ever) to take in history, haunting, and a welcome cuppa coffee before heading north into the Karoo and to Sutherland… the following images taken on the road and at Sutherland.. which incidentally seems to be as miserable as the winter temps it gets… the only happy, smiling and friendly person there eventually turned out to come from Robertson..

 

A bigger disappointment was that I couldn’t do the evening tour of the observatory and telescopes due to the extremely high windspeed (+70kph) which meant they were all shut. The one redeeming aspect of Sutherland is that it is ideal for B&W photography.

From Sutherland, my next stop was the Tankwa Karoo National Park, where I stayed at Gannaga Lodge on top of Gannage pass… dirt roads and some rain made the trip there through Middelpos a tad entertaining, but nothing like I was due to experience later on in the week. The roads are all dirt in that area, and should one decide to go in the rainy season, a 4×4 is recommended.

For all that I really enjoyed the park, driving up and down the pass when it is dry is great. Apparently the flower display and succulents put on one of their best displays in years. I didn’t see much in wildlife, with only one acceptable photo of a chanting goshawk captured. The lodge itself is magic and run by Johan, a character of note and serious teller of stories. he kept us guests entertained with many tales of the area and the people who lived there.. definitely worth the stay…

The trip next day to Calvinia was something to remember a little hired car, going through heavy rain, axel deep mud, overflowing drifts… eish… four and half hours to travel 130kms… and we had to use a hosepipe to see what colour the car was when I arrived..

Unfortunately the cold front has settled in seriously and that ruled out seeing any of the flowers for which Niewoudtville is renowned. So I visited the waterfall and kokerboom forests instead, thinking in my naivity that I would see them next day…

Alas, cold rain and, as I was enjoying a stunning breakfast at my B&B, snow… ensured no flowers were going to poke their heads out. So I left, my next target, hopefully too far North to be badly affected by the front… Port Nolloth.. At least I had tarred roads all the way, as snow, hail, sleet, torrential rain and as I got closer to Springbok, more snow made for an entertaining and slowish journey. BTW, if one ever wants to draw cash from an ATM in Springbok, try not to do it after midday on a Friday… eish, the queues …..

Finally, I got my sun, on the last section of the trip, heading down and westwards to Port Nolloth…. a quiet town, with not much apparently happening and unfortunately the diamond dive boats didn’t go out whilst I was there, the seas were waaayyyy to heavy and dangerous… however, it has a charm of it’s own and there are some incredibly interesting folk living there….so enjoy the images from Portn Nolloth and my little sojourn up to Alexander Bay… which is a total dump… it appears to have been neglected by De Beers, Alexcor and the Northern Cape government… and to add salt to that, the Orange river was at it’s lowest level in many years… sigh…

A slow return down the West Coast saw me stopping at Kamieskroon and then Skilpads nature reserve to look at flowers and more nature… before I drove to a somewhat drenched Vredendal… the Olifants river was flooded…

My base for two days as I visited Vanrhynsdorp and the Gifberg, and to those who have never been there, please make an effort to visit the Gifberg, yup dirt roads up the Gifberg pass and down the Ouberg pass. The flowers, stopping at a holiday resort in which I hiked to a hole in the ceiling waterfall along a potholed river, bushman paintings and the lunch at the resort made it all worth it. Topped with a visit to an amazing waterfall on the way back (unnamed as far as I can see) this easily 300m high waterfall was spectacular with the recent rains have raised a trickling stream to a fairly large river..

For those who love plants and succulents… the biggest succulent nursery in Africa (it might even be the planet, but I’m not putting money on that) is a must see in Vanrhynsdorp…. awesome to see and visit…

 

Alas, time was moving on, and another (smaller) cold front hit the night before I moved on to Lamberts Bay…. a cloudy and wet drive to Clanwilliam, followed by an awesome breakfast at some place whose name totally escapes me.. then saw me moving westerly again, and I arrived at Lamberts bay as the cloud started lifting. This allowed me to go onto bird island and try to photograph the gannet population…

From here a shortish drive to Elands Bay where I had time to drive around the cliffs and then get some bird photography on the Velorenvlei….

My final stop for two wonderfully relaxing days was the Beach Camp at Cape Columbine… relaxed, chilled and with some awesome walks through the nature reserve and to Paternoster… the drive down saw many birds making the most of the excess water from the rains, and the flowers were beginning to spring up all over the place… my host at the Beach Camp took time out to show me many interesting plants, rock formations and was a fountain of local knowledge.. the bar isn’t too bad there either and my second day started with a notable hangover… and the place was quiet!!! Eish….

Enjoy the final selection of images…

and to finish off, a single B&W

I hope you enjoyed the images and the journey, and please feel free to contact me for pricing on prints/canvasses ect should you wish to purchase any image seen here… or else where on my site for that matter..

Thank you for joining me..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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