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Rain Spider

Rain Spider

Rain Spider – Macro Photography I got the fright of my life when I closed the bedroom door and found a pretty large rain spider behind it. I’m not typically scared of spiders, but let’s just say it was unexpected 😉 At first I thought that it was a dead spider, but after having done a bit of research, I found out that spiders, like snakes, crabs and a lot of other creepy crawlies, have to “shed” their skins through a process called “Molting”. It is a very interesting and complex process. Read more here: http://www.pettarantulaworld.com/spider-facts/how-do-spiders-shed-their-skin/ And here: http://moreletakloof.co.za/2009/05/03/rain-spiders/ Now for all practical reasons, rain spiders are perfectly harmless to us humans. People tend to fear them mainly because of their big size (these guys do get to be very large indeed!) and the fact that they so often wander into our homes. They also put up quite a show when provoked, raising their front legs and exposing their fangs, often running towards and attempting to bite anything brought close to them. Unfortunately, this usually ends in the poor spider simply being killed – either suffering a prolonged death by being sprayed with insecticide not made for anything nearly as large as a rain spider, or by simply being squashed. It is so sad that people in this day and age still do not realise that the rain spider means them no harm and if left alone will most likely find its own way out again, to where it will not be disturbed by lights and people. The most ironic thing is probably killing one of nature’s best pest... read more
Kite Surfing Cannon Rocks

Kite Surfing Cannon Rocks

Canon Rocks is a premium kite surfing destination in the Eastern Cape. It is also the home of the Cannon Rocks kiteboarding Classic . I spent a couple of days there and was lucky enough to grab a couple of shots while the guys were out practising:                                                        ... read more
Last Wedding of the Year

Last Wedding of the Year

I had the opportunity to shoot Clarissa and Michael’s Wedding a couple of weeks ago. Even though it was a very short notice booking, I met them on their wedding day, I am really happy with the results. The wedding took place at Karmanel Function Venue  and the formal (couple shoot) was done at Wijnland Auto Museum. Here are a couple of my favorites:        ... read more
Flower from Monstera Deliciosa (Delicious Monster)

Flower from Monstera Deliciosa (Delicious Monster)

Monstera Deliciosa The specific epithet deliciosa means “delicious”, referring to the edible fruit, while monstera means “monstrous,” in reference to the sheer size that this plant can grow to–over 30 feet in many cases. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstera_deliciosa I took a stroll through the garden this afternoon and came upon this beauty! I can’t wait for it to ripen, so we can taste the delicious fruit from this beautiful plant. Update.. I thought this was a delicious monster but four hours later it looked like the second image! I’ve read up a bit on it and if I understand it correctly, the second image is now the “flower” that needs to be fertilised. If you know more about this, please drop me a line. 😉 Enjoy the photos!       Save Save Save Save... read more
Boknes

Boknes

Boknes is a small coastal village in the Eastern Cape, usually associated with a retirement village. 😉 I’m not slanting the town, it’s a good thing! Light and air pollution is at a very low level and the super clean beaches and sand dunes go on for ever! During my visit I experimented with long exposures and night time photography, things I don’t normaly have the opportunity to do.. Here are a coupe of examples from may stay there: The night skies are... read more