I had a family shoot on the beach, but they were running late as one of the kids got car sick on the way there. Oh, the life of a family photographer. Normally I would be bored, but not on this morning.

I had a shot in mind, so I got out of my car, shivering from the cool mist moving over the coastal line. Armed with a cup of coffee, I set up my tripod and started shooting.

I tried a multiple amount of angles, settings.. but I think of all the shots I took, I like this one best.

I called it “breathing” as it reminds me of the reaction my warm breath has with the ice-cold air in winter.

©Mariette du Toit, 2018, Vierkant Klip, Swakopmund

Alleen, vroeg op die strand – aan die wag vir ‘n familie vir ‘n hul foto sessie. Een van die kinders het motor-siek geword en het my dus verplig om te wag.

Gewoonlik sou ek redelik frustreerd wees dat ek my boek vergeet het, maar hierdie oggend het ek ‘n foto in gedagte gehad en het dus met my Stanley onder die arm uit die motor geklim, die koue liggie embrace en my driebeen begin opstel.

Na ‘n hele klomp hoeke en verstellings het ek op hierdie een besbluit. Dis “breathing” of “asem” genoem omdat dit my herhinner aan die wolkies wat mens blaas op ‘n yskoue oggend.

Love is to;

sit silently; listen.

Sometimes it just to sit.

Love is to look through black and white glasses,

only to see colour.

Love is to break down walls, move boundaries,

to fly over the unknown, together.

Love,

is sometimes just to be quiet.

 

©Mariette du Toit, 2018, Pelikane

 

Die liefde is soms om in stilte net te sit,

te luister. Of soms, om sommer net te sit.

Die liefde,

is om deur ‘n bril van wit en swart te kyk,

en kleur te sien.

Liefde is om mure af te breuk, grense te verskuif,

om saam oor die onbekend te vlieg.

Die liefde,

is soms net stil.

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I have to admit, it amazes me every single time that I find a tree growing out between rocks, or little stream emerging from the sand. But what amazes me the most is a plant that can grow in the dunes.

Dunes? How on earth? It is a hostile environment to say the least, the rain is less than nothing and the heat ridiculous. And yet… here they are.

© Mariette du Toit, 2018, Namib Desert

Ek moet erken, plante wat net uit niks uit groei, fassineer my eindeloos! ‘n Wilde vy wat so kronkel-kronkel tussen die rotse uit, ‘n stroompie water wat sommer hier op die oopgrond begin vorm en dan enige plant in die woestyn. Hoe op dees aarde?

Ek meen, duine sand is nou nie juis ideaal vir plante nie. Dis onmoontlik warm, die kondisies verander die heeltyd, geen reën… en tog is daar lewe in die woestyn.

No story here.

Just a photo of one of the most common animals in Etosha National Park grazing away.

©Mariette du Toit, 2018 Zebra in Etosha National Park

Vandag is hier nie ‘n storie nie. Net twee sebras wat rustig eet aan gras in die Etosha Nationale Park… en hoewel dit die mees algemeenste dier in Etosha is, kan ek net nie ophou foto’s neem van hulle nie!

Sea gulls have a way to annoy me. Just like certain humans don’t gel with me, sea gulls don’t gel with me. They can’t help it I suppose. Born loud and all over the show, robbers of the first degree and bullies to beat. That is how they survive, and that is the way it always will be.

Generally I won’t even bother taking photos of them. But this gull, just sitting there, grabbed my attention and I took a quick snap shot of him. It turned out to be the one I pretty much-loved.

© Mariette du Toit, 2019, Sea Gulls at Walvis Bay

Ek hou nie see meeue nie. Hulle skaaf teen my grein soos ‘n korreltjie sand onder die oog se lid. Net soos seker mense onder my vel inklim, is see meeue ook net te veel vir my.

Hulle kan dit seker nie help nie. Van nature lawaaierig, die hele plek vol, boellies en bo-baas kos stelers. Dis hoe hulle oorleef. Dis hoe dit was en dit is hoe dit sal wees.

Maar hierdie een wat so eenkant, stil gesit het, het my oog gevang. Ek sal nie gewoonlik my tyd mors om hulle af te neem nie, maar hierdie foto is vinnig besig om een van my gunstelinge te word.