After a long winter and wet spring, those of us in the photographic trade know we live in photographers heaven. In some ways it is too easy.
At the start of what was already turning out to be a week I would rather forget, Sheila and I managed to get away on Sunday in glorious sunshine to drive along the N1 and Agter Paarl to Tulbach, where we stopped for a roadside lunch.
We were already suffering from the euphoria of wide open spaces and majestic mountains capped with snow against the blue of a Western Cape sky.
It was the absolute model of European agricultural prosperity and comfort but with just the hint of emptiness and vast space to add to African touch to a tamed Europe.
and small cottages nestled below towering peaks.
The danger is that we forget that behind the overpowering beauty lies poverty with its attendant ills of crime and drink and thwarted, sometimes violent lives.
Somehow we must preserve and extend the one while eliminating the other, because if we don’t both can be lost. We came home past Ceres and Worcester and using a new route to Tweewatersdam and Grabouw and finally along the N2 home.
But the truth be told we don’t even need to leave our front deck to come face to face with nature’s majesty.
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