Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #227 – Home sweet Home

Tina is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. Inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game. The Western Cape offers beaches, lush winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town, beneath flat-topped Table Mountain.  Wikipedia

Table Mountain

Table Mountain Cape Town

and Cableway

Cape Town

Groot Constantia

Winelands area, Western Cape

Cederberg and Kagga Kamma

I could go on for ever!

Hope you have enjoyed this part of our country!

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #226 – Texture

Jude is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

Textured tree trunk
Coconut Tree cross cut’s texture
Textured tree trunk
Barnacles on a rock
Blue mussel shells
on trees
Lichen on a tree
Fever tree thorns
Macro of the sand’s texture

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #225 – Wildlife Close to Home

Anne is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

Birds in my garden

Tortoises in my garden

Wildlife in our town

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #222 – Mountains Are Calling

Amy is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

Whether you’re someone who admires the beauty of mountains from afar or up close, it is amazing how fascinating they are. From the unpredictable wilderness to the weather, there’s so many ways that conquering mountains.

Table Mountain (Khoekhoe: Huriǂoaxa,lit. ‘sea-emerging’; Afrikaans: Tafelberg) is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top

Table Mountain – Cape Town from Melkbos Strand

Table Mountain, Cape Town

The Cederberg region is only two hours from Cape Town and yet the landscape is completely different: wilder, warmer with a raw, dramatic beauty

“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.” – Janice Anderson

Mountain range near Franchhoek

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

Meirings poort near De Rust

King protea with a mountain in the background

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #221 – Favourite flowers

Ann-Christine is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

“Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world.”– Unknown

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”– Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Love is like wildflowers; it’s often found in the most unlikely places.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Take time to smell the roses.”– Proverb

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #220 – One Subject Three Ways

Patti is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

Papaver somniferum, commonly known as the opium poppy or breadseed poppy, is a species of flowering plant in the family Papaveraceae. It is the species of plant from which both opium and poppy seeds are derived and is also a valuable ornamental plant, grown in gardens.

This poppy is grown as an agricultural crop on a large scale, for one of three primary purposes. The first is to produce seeds that are eaten by humans, known commonly as poppy seed. The second is to produce opium for use mainly by the pharmaceutical industry. The third is to produce other alkaloids, mainly thebaine and oripavine, that are processed by the pharmaceutical industry into drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. Each of these goals has special breeds that are targeted at one of these businesses, and breeding efforts (including biotechnological ones) are continually underway. A comparatively small amount of P. somniferum is also produced commercially for ornamental purposes.

The common name “opium poppy” is increasingly a misnomer as many varieties have been bred that do not produce a significant quantity of opium  The cultivar ‘Sujata’ produces no latex at all. Breadseed poppy is more accurate as a common name today because all varieties of P. somniferum produce edible seeds. This differentiation has strong implications for legal policy surrounding the growing of this plant Wikipedia

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #219 – Treasure Hunt

Tina is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

A pet or pets (yours or someone else’s)

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras

She was the most amazing pet I’ve ever had!

The moon 

The Moon

Shoot for the Moon – even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.
Les Brown

Clouds and rain over the ocean
Clouds and Rain over the ocean

“Never lose hope. The darkest clouds precede the loveliest rain!“

– Avijeet Das

A reflection

Reflections at Hout Bay, Cape Town

“Only in still waters do things reflect undistorted.” – Anne Brown

Siblings on the beach
My brother, sister and I on the beach! Many moons ago!


Umbrella on the beach

A truck 

My beloved grandson in his granddad’s truck. Not sure what they were hauling!

Autumn foliage 

Autumn leaves

Something fun you found on a walk

A colourful icecream shop

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #216 – Urban Environments

Sofia is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

Table Mountain and harbour
Mouille Point, Cape Town

Trendy Mouille Point is known for posh fish restaurants and steakhouses with oceanfront patios, and for the Sea Point Promenade, which winds along the oceanfront past the red-striped Green Point Lighthouse. Green Point Park has trails, a hedge maze and the Cape Town Stadium sports and concert venue. ― Google

Cape Town Stadium, and Metropolitan golf course with water holes, Cape Town
Lighthouse in Cape Town
Caoe Town Harbour
Northern Suburb of Cape Town
Sunset Sea Point, Cape Town
Cape Town from Signal Hill
Walking in Cape Town
Early morning in Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Bo-Kaap with Table mountain in a distance
Brightly painted houses in the Bo-Kaap. Cape Town
Sea Point

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #214 : Favourite Finds

Ann-Christine is this week’s host for the Lens-Artist challenge

We are now almost 10 years in the Western cape Province of South Africa and have had quite a few new finds here:
Here a just a few:

Kagga Kamma



Cape Agulhas


The Karoo