Lens Artists Challenge #174: Follow your bliss

The Lens-Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Lindy Le Coq

What does it mean to “follow your bliss”? We all make choices in our approach to life and art – to follow your bliss is to pursue that which provides you happiness and joy. It is quite likely you have more than one focus that gives you deep pleasure. For this week’s challenge, in words and photographs, show us your sense of wonder and excitement. Whether it be one activity that is your passion, or many different interests you follow, this is a wide-open opportunity to showcase how you “follow your bliss.”

 “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

-Omar Khayyam.

My family

“Every moment of life is precious and every moment of love is bliss.”

– Debasish Mridha MD.

my grandchildren

“Bliss is the ocean, a towel on the sand, the sun out, the chance to swim in waves or walk dragging a stick behind you, a good book, a cold drink.”      

-Deb Caletti.

Draaihoek Beach

 “Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.”

-Sharon Draper.


“Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much.”

-Ruskin Bond.

Rock formation in Kagga Kamma

And then there is my camera and photography!

My Camera

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -#174- Shapes and Designs

Patti is our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

For this week’s photo challenge, we’re taking a closer look at shapes and designs. Once you start noticing them, you’ll find them in many places–in nature, in works of art, in food, in architecture–to name a few.

Silver roof -Textured designs

Polygon shapes

Nature’s own unique designs

Glass in different shapes and designs


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -#173- Interesting Architecture

Tina is our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

An architectural style is characterised by the features that make a building or other structure notable and historically identifiable. A style may include such elements as form, method of construction, building materials, and regional character. Most architecture can be classified as a chronology of styles which change over time reflecting changing fashions, beliefs and religions, or the emergence of new ideas, technology, or materials which make new styles possible. Wikipedia

Cape Dutch House in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Houses in the Bo-Kaap
Bosjes Chapel -modern architecture
Hong Kong buildings
Singapore buildings
Old and new buildings in London
Old and new buildings in Napier, New Zealand
Symmetry in a building – Namibia
Rounded roof of the church in Mauritius

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -#172- A day in my week

Amy is our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

We visited Cape Town a week ago and decided to go for a walk at the beautiful Green Point Common, a park in Green Point, Cape Town, in South Africa.

There are numerous playing fields and the Metropolitan golf course is situated in this park. 

Green Point Stadium and golf course

The Green Point Urban Park & Biodiversity Garden is just behind Mouille Point and has an entrance on Bay Road.

There is beautiful scenery in the area.  A walk along the wetlands  you’ll be able to spot water birds  and take see  water flora. Fresh water flows from Table Mountain down through to the wetlands area. 

Green Point Urban park has several picnic areas with tables and benches.  The park is also dog friendly and you can wander along the paths enjoying the walks and biodiversity along the way.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -#171- Weird and wonderful

Ann-Christine is our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

The Owl House is a museum in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The owner, Helen Martins, turned her house and the area around it into a visionary environment, elaborately decorated with ground glass and containing more than 300 statues including owls, camels, peacocks, pyramids, and people.

She inherited the house from her parents and began its transformation after they died.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -#169- The Ordinary

I.J Khanewala is our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge .

Home” is more than where we sleep at night. It is a place that is familiar and comforting, and it gives us a sense of belonging. Home is what and who is the local ordinary— the places and people we know by heart.

Wild flowers
Langebaan Lagoon
My garden
Reflections on the water – Club Mykonos Marina, Langebaan
New visitors to my garden….if you look carefully you will see two
Draaihoek Beach
Silver Falcon
Southern Double-Collared Sunbird in my garden

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge -#168- Seen better days

Tina  is our host this week for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge . This week the Lens Artists team invites you to join us in exploring places and things that have “seen better days”. 

Kolmanskop (Afrikaans for “Coleman’s head”, German: Kolmannskuppe) is a ghost town in the Namib in southern Namibia, ten kilometers inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement.

A worker Zacharias Lewala found a diamond while working in this area and showed it to his supervisor, the German railway inspector August Stauch. Realizing the area was rich in diamonds, German miners began settlement, and soon after the German Empire declared a large area as a “Sperrgebiet“, starting to exploit the diamond field.

Driven by the enormous wealth of the first diamond miners, the residents built the village in the architectural style of a German town, with amenities and institutions including a hospital, ballroom, power station, school, skittle-alley, theatre and sport-hall, casino, ice factory and the first x-ray-station in the southern hemisphere, as well as the first tram in Africa. It had a railway link to Lüderitz.

The town started to decline during World War II when the diamond-field slowly started to deplete. By the early 1950s, the area was in a severe decline. Hastening the town’s demise decades earlier was the discovery in 1928 of the richest diamond-bearing deposits ever known, on the beach terraces 270 km south of Kolmanskop, near the Orange River. Many of the town’s inhabitants joined the rush to the south, leaving their homes and possessions behind. The new diamond find merely required scouting the beaches as opposed to more difficult mining. The town was ultimately abandoned in 1956.

The geological forces of the desert mean that tourists now walk through houses knee-deep in sand. Kolmanskop is popular with photographers for its settings of the desert sands’ reclaiming this once-thriving town, and the arid climate preserving the traditional Edwardian architecture in the area. Due to its location within the restricted area (Sperrgebiet) of the Namib desert, tourists need a permit to enter the town.


Seen better days!

Abandoned house – Kolmanskop, Namibia

Crumbling Walls

Doorways in an old abandoned hospital, Kolmanskop, Namibia