Star Wars The Wedding

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We’ve all heard of Star Wars the movie. How about Star Wars the wedding?
“So for all you Star Wars fans, this ones for you” Little Blue Lemon

The intrepid couple pictured here commissioned Toronto-based Little Blue Lemon to create a very special wedding photo – being chased down the street by a terrifying squadron of Star Wars Imperial AT-AT Walkers. As can be seen from the pics that follow they really threw themselves into the role with enthusiasm. Continue reading “Star Wars The Wedding”

Sunset on The Bot River Estuary #6

It’s 17:53pm as the sun dips behind the Kogelberg mountain range. The windless and warm conditions and the absolute silence magnify the beauty of the Bot River Estuary.

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The sun dips behind the Kogelberg mountains at sunset on the Bot River Estuary — click to enlarge

This estuarine system lies on the eastern border of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve on the Southern tip of Africa.

Alexis Bester Local Artist Based In Tulbach South Africa

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I recently came accross the work of Alexis Bester, a full-time local artist, who lives and works on a farm near Tulbagh at the foot of the Witzenberg Mountains.

According to the website Kunste Huijs, his medium is mainly oil paint on either board or canvas. He draws his composition in charcoal and adds preliminary shades and colour by mixing paint and turpentine. The painting is then allowed to dry before he starts to work through the painting, applying paint only and mixing colours as needed. Alexis primarily uses flat brushes, but also uses round brushes, pallet knives and his fingers. Continue reading “Alexis Bester Local Artist Based In Tulbach South Africa”

Martha Graham Dancing The Hidden Language of the Soul

Dance icon Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 — April 1, 1991) was an influential American dancer and choreographer whose career spanned over seventy years.

During her distinguished career she was the first dancer to perform at the White House and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ryan Jeremy Woodward was commissioned by Google to do a logo, an animated sequence (18 seconds), in celebration of what would have been the great dancer’s 117th birthday. Continue reading “Martha Graham Dancing The Hidden Language of the Soul”

Dramatic Changes On The Banks Of The Bot River Estuary

It’s amazing to see the changes that have taken place in the last six months, on the the Bot River Estuary.

Everywhere the banks of the estuary are taking on a more beach-like appearance. On clean white sand, sea shells, sea weed, red-bait and cuttlefish are in evidence. The water tastes salty and it’s not unusual to see large shoals of tiny fish being preyed upon by diving sea birds, kestrels and duikers. Continue reading “Dramatic Changes On The Banks Of The Bot River Estuary”

Hebrew of the Torah and the Christian Bible

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The Christian Bible is founded on the Torah, the body of scripture known to non-Jews as the Old Testament, the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses.

Students of the Bible who lack experience of the Hebrew language and culture, may struggle to reach a proper understanding of the Holy Scriptures. It follows that a knowledge of Hebrew is fundamental to a proper understanding, considering that the contemporary Christian Bible is a product of many translations and modifications. Continue reading “Hebrew of the Torah and the Christian Bible”

Local Hermanus Artist Alyson Guy

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Among the foremost attractions of Hermanus, on the Southern tip of Africa, is the industrious and talented community of artists and writers that live and work in this beautiful coastal town.

After matriculating, with a Senior Certificate in Art History and Practical, Alyson trained as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. She specialised in histopathology, working in South Africa and London until her semi-retirement in 1994.

Her artworks are on display at her studio and around Volmoed, a Retreat and Conference Centre, where she lives and works. Continue reading “Local Hermanus Artist Alyson Guy”

Mandela: 15 Pearls of Wisdom

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Mr. Mandela is one of the most politically gifted individuals of all time and one of the most admired men in history. Together with other brave South Africans, he helped engineer the first peaceful, non-violent revolution in the history of the world.

“In Africa there is a concept known as ‘ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others.” -— Nelson Mandela, 2008. Continue reading “Mandela: 15 Pearls of Wisdom”

Local South African Artist Hannetjie de Clercq

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Recently I came across fabulous local South African artist Hannetjie De Clercq. She lives and works in the quiet and peace of Riebeek-Kasteel, a rural town in the Western Cape of South Africa just 85 kilometres (53 miles) north-east of Cape Town. Take the N7 highway to get there.

Hannetjie De Clercq finds herself in the company of renowned South African Artists such as Walter Battis, Gregiore Boonzaier, Frans Claerhout, Robert Hodgins, Gordon Vorster and Louis Jansen van Vuuren, all of whom are featured along with Hannetjie de Clercq in the distinguished Sasol Art Collection. Continue reading “Local South African Artist Hannetjie de Clercq”

Sunset On The Bot River Estuary

Just minutes after sunset and two hours after high tide, the skiff in the middle distance lies in shallow water about 50 meters (165 feet) off the shore line.

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Sunset on the Bot River Estuary — click to enlarge

The estuary mouth is on the horizon to the left. Another beautiful sunset in paradise! The Bot River Estuary lies on the southern coast of South Africa, in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, 160 kilometers (100 miles) north-east of Cape Town.