Like a bird

After the wedding, R&R in the Cederberg…. One form of relaxation, embraced by some of the younger set, was flight – more specifically, taking to the skies with one of South Africa’s top aerobatic pilots, and threading through the valleys of the Cederberg practically at ground level, following the contours, buzzing the camp rooftops and scraping the trees, turning on a dime and roaring back down again. It looked amazing, as these photos taken from the edge of the camp will show you, and judging by the smiles on the dials of the fliers as they trooped back to camp afterwards, amazing it was.

Quite a high, you might say, on which to end the week-long celebrations.

Cederberg

You’ve seen pictures of the wedding – here are some pictures of the Cederberg. In a lovely gesture, Hayley and Jonathan arranged for family and friends to join them for a couple of days in the wild and dramatic setting of the Cederberg Mountains, about two hours up the West Coast from Cape Town, for some R&R and getting-to-know-you. Worked like a charm – wonderful setting, great people, and very special to have time to get to know the ‘other’ side of the family.

I don’t have too many pics of the Cederberg to share, as most of our photos were on the two cameras that were stolen, but here are a couple that will give you just a glimpse of the environment.

This is also a tease: I have some pretty dramatics pics, also, of the incredible aerobatics that burst above our heads each morning, but that is the subject of another blog, and another sequence of photos.

Okay, so what’s all that white stuff?

So … winter hasn’t really put in an appearance this year, right? Not like the last two years, when it hung around forever, nasty and vengeful, like Donald Trump gatecrashing your barbecue. Yuck.

But this winter has been – well, not like winter at all. A few days when the temperature was in the minus twenties, sure, but not many, and if I’ve been out to shovel snow twice it’s been a lot.

Except for last night: last night we had a good, oh, 15-20 cm, I’d say, just enough to show we’re still Canadians down here in the soft south.

Here’s proof – not works of art, merely documents of record.

 

_DSC0011_DSC0001

Stars on Queen Street

Toronto’s Queen Street is one of those endlessly fascinating downtown streets – everything from the people to the graffiti to the shop windows and alley-ways entertain, amuse, and surprise the eye.

From the ‘photo a day’ series on Queen Street West, here are James Dean and Elvis.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Carbon print – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thanks to Mark Lafer for drawing my attention to the Wikipedia entry on carbon printing – and great to see John Bentley’s name listed, the last entry in the chronological history. If reinforcement is needed, the Wiki article surely reinforces the case for collecting John’s work now, while you can! via Carbon print – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Last Colour Carbon Transfer Printer in Canada — Harrowsmith Now

John Bentley makes the rarest and most gorgeous carbon colour prints the eye can imagine – subtle, voluptuous, detailed, expressive – and is surely an undiscovered artist whose time has come. Rob and I are lucky to own one of his extraordinary prints, ‘Miracle of Order,’ which you will see in the video clip in this piece about the man and his work – if you have any interest in fine art, and in photography, do yourself a favour: read the article and watch the video.

In addition to being an artist of huge talent and integrity, John is also a friend and a lovely human being. If you’re interested in his art, and would like to get in touch with him, just let me know. And do refer others to his work, also – I would love to see him getting, finally, the attention and recognition he so hugely deserves.

via The Last Colour Carbon Transfer Printer in Canada — Harrowsmith Now.