At last!

It’s been a while that I have been posting here on my blog!! Had been so busy having a great time with family that I cannot believe that it’s almost February!

When I saw these challenges, I knew that I needed to share this with you! :

Look Up!

To me, there’s nothing that quite matches the majesty of the night sky—or the difficulty involved in capturing that scene on camera. I had the perfect opportunity to try.  Photographing anything in dark is very tricky to me! Being an amateur, add just distant pinpoints of light and getting a great shot of the stars can be very challenging. Capturing the night sky isn’t a matter of having the latest, greatest equipment—it’s about having a bit of know how (which is my biggest problem!).

The clear, dark skies and the lack of light pollution makes Kagga Kamma the perfect stargazing spot. With the help of my brother in law’s knowledge and many nights of experimenting with different settings on the camera this is what I captured:

Part of the Milky Way with the Southern Cross in the bottom
Orion’s belt

It is not perfect, but I was so happy with the results!!!

A Photo a Week Challenge: Look Up

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Travel theme: Adventure

Thursday’s Special: Traces of the past Y3-10

The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park, approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 11/2 hour drive), and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago).

A national and international team of researchers are currently unraveling the fascinating and unique history of fossils from the West Coast Fossil Park and attempting to recreate the environment and climate of the west coast  years ago. At this time many animals that are now extinct, such as saber-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, hunting hyenas and African bears roamed the west coast which then had a more subtropical climate with lush, riverine forests and open grasslands.

The deeply buried fossil deposits were uncovered during phosphate mining in the Langebaanweg area. The mining started in 1943, initially at Baard’s Quarry on Langeberg Farm, close to where the airforce training base is today. Here solid phosphate rock was mined for fertilizer and it is thought that many tons of fossils were crushed up along with the rock before scientists were made aware of their existence.

A remarkable number of different fossil animal species (and families) are represented at this site, making Langebaanweg one of the most diverse Mio-Pliocene occurrences in the world. The fossil rich deposits first came to light when Dr Ronald Singer (from the anatomy department at the University of Cape Town) visited Baard’s Quarry in 1958. He was accompanied by Dr Hooiijer (from Leiden University) and Dr Crompton (Director of the South African Museum).  Amongst this sample was an ankle bone of an extinct short-necked giraffe belonging to the sivathere group (this became the subject of the first scientific paper published on the site), and a tooth of an extinct elephant called Stegolophodon (Stegolophodon has since been re-classified as Mammuthus subplanifrons. ( http://www.fossilpark.org.za/ )

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Count

Debbie from Travel with Intent invites us to join in this challenge:

Statues along the Singapore River of old Chinese traders counting the sacks of food

From Chettiar to Financier : Chern Lian Shan Sculptor Singapore’s position as a center for trade led to the proliferation of financial institutions. The settlement’s first bank was the Union Bank of Calcutta established in 1846. Financial businesses set up their offices near the Singapore River to be close the the area’s many trading houses. Early services were always along ethnic lines. The money lending in the early days was primarily run by the Chettiars who came from South India. The Chettiars congregated at Market and Chulia Streets, and their offices were easy to spot. These usually comprised a clerk and a manager who sat behind a small low desk on a woven mat, as shown here. Clearing houses were the domain of the Chinese. . Clerks, like this standing pig-tailed man, were a common sight as they bustled to and from offices in Commercial Square (Raffles Place). Today major local and multinational financial institutions provided a wealth of sophisticated financial services. On the trading floor of the Singapore Exchange almost every day, are hundreds of traders, whose distinctive jackets have become the symbol of economic growth.

Over to all of you to join the challenge with your own Count post.