A Captured Silhouette

While driving on the Swazi roads last year, I was trying my best to capture the beauty of the sunset. My husband was driving and I was snapping away happily, focusing on the sun setting behind the mountains. Looking back at my photographs afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised at the silhouettes I had captured of the people at the traffic light.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A Swazi sunset. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I liked, too, that I had captured the different colours of the sky. I don’t think I could have taken a better snap if I had planned it.

Have you been pleasantly surprised by the photos you have taken?

(This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Mountainside Curves

A visit to the winter mountainside in Swaziland shows off the natural curves one can see in the landscape. The mountainside we visited sloped downwards creating a curve we could easily see with a naked eye.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A Swazi Landscape (1). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The rocks dotted on the landscape added to the curves that surrounded us.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013
A rocky mountainside (1). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

These rocks were interspersed with the African winter grasses, adding character to the scene before us.

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Rocks and wild grasses. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoyed the moments we spent out on the Swazi mountainside, looking before us at all that nature offers. The landscape is so different to the straight rectangular features of a large city.

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A Swazi landscape (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Even the plants are a far cry from the pointed edges I normally see. Their rounded tops and unfurled leaves were a pleasure to look at.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
A Rocky Mountainside (2).  © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I enjoy looking at the natural curves of an African mountainside. Every time we visit Swaziland, I feast my eyes on this sight.

Do you enjoy looking at mountainous landscapes?

(This post was inspired by the weekly prompt at WordPress.com)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

We had spent the day out visiting family in Manzini, Swaziland and were on our way home. My family and I were not the only ones homeward bound after a long day. On the crest of a hill we saw some people waiting for a taxi so that they could ride home. They were silhouetted against the twilight sky, chatting to one another while waiting.

Waiting for a taxi ride home. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Luckily we did not have to wait for a ride and quickly arrived at our destination.

Do you often wait in the twilight for your ride home?

(This post was inspired by this week’s prompt, Silhouette, posted on The Daily Post on WordPress.com)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

I enjoy being alone in the silence of nature: looking at the sights in front of me and listening to the sounds of peace. When in Swaziland a few months ago, I had the opportunity to listen to the quiet and admire the African landscape. Because it was the end of winter and the summer rains had not come, the scene was a mixture of browns and greens.

An African landscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

We were looking from down a mountainside and I noticed the signs of spring approaching: the grasses had begun to turn green, rendering the landscape less brown.

An African landscape showing the signs of spring. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The landscape was not lush with a variety of plants and flowers and yet, in its own way, the rocks and sparse shrubs hold a beauty of its own.

An African landscape (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Looking in one direction from our vantage point, I noticed that man had not yet encroached on the landscape. The land was as yet untouched and unblemished.

An African landscape (3). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Yet far in the distance , when I looked in another direction, I could see a solitary home hugging the side of the mountain. Can you see it?

A solitary home. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

A home that may not remain solitary as roads and houses move slowly up to meet it.

A Swazi suburb. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I am thankful to have experienced a solitary moment on the side of a Swazi mountain before the development of homes. Devlopment which would tame the African landscape and create a different view altogether.

Do you enjoy solitary moments in nature?

(Join us each week for the Photo Challenge posted on The Daily Post at WordPress.com. This week’s prompt is: Solitary)

A Shot of Everyday Life in Manzini

Everyday we leave our homes to go to work, to go do some shopping, to meet up with friends for a coffee or a meal. For some, going to town is a big event which is enjoyed for its pleasure. For others, it may be an everyday occurrence that they have grown accustomed to.

On the street in Manzini, Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Whatever the reason for the trip to town, people go about their business: walking, driving, and even sitting down to watch the passers-by.

Watching passers-by in Manzini, Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

On my trip to Manzini in Swaziland, I enjoyed watching people go about their everyday life: selling food at the fruit and vegetable stalls, walking to work, doing their shopping, or even enjoying their day in town.

Fruit and vegetable stalls in Manzini, Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Do you enjoy watching people go about their everyday life?

(Join us each week for the Photo Challenge posted at The Daily Post at WordPress.com. This week’s prompt is: Everyday Life)

Portrait of a Peacock

I love the colours of the peacock: the blues and greens shimmer in the light and show off the brilliant colours of nature. It is not often, though, that one comes across this male bird in all of its glory. On a beautiful summer’s day, I was lucky enough to witness this bird strutting in front of its audience: the disinterested female birds and the handful of tourists gathered in the courtyard at Ngwenya Glass Factory in Swaziland.

The tail plumage of the peacock. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

When I first saw this proud bird, his plumage was trailing behind him as he climbed the steps to higher ground. The feathers looked beautiful, and I wished that I could see them in full light.

Peacock sauntering in the yard. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Once he had reached the top of the steps, the bird  sauntered along the edge of the courtyard. Had it been waiting for an audience? I snapped a picture without the expectation of seeing more of its plumage. The haughty way it held its head brought to my mind the carriage of emperors as they walked among their people. Suddenly the bird opened its feathers to show off its plumage. The tourists wandering in the courtyard stopped to look – and I was among them with my camera snapping pictures!

The peacock with its plumage on display. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The peacock strutted around the courtyard. Who was he showing off for? The three or four peahens eating around the courtyard, or the admiring people gathered in the courtyard? He strutted, showing off his plumage for 10 minutes or so and giving everyone the photo opportunity that they were taking advantage of.

Peacock showing off his plumage. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I took many pictures within that time frame (the blessing of a digital camera). I could not believe the sight in front of me: I had never yet see a peacock showing off such depth of colour. The peacock did not just strut, but waved its feathers in an attempt to get the attention of the peahens pecking around the courtyard.

The peacock waving its feathers to get attention. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Even from behind, the peacock was a sight to see.

Back view of the peacock. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

This is one of my favourite shots: it shows off the colours of the plumage, as well as the width of the bird’s tail. I did not expect the span to be so large.

The peacock. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The head shot I took shows off, I hope, the rich blues and greens that I saw that day.

Head shot of a peacock. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The peacock is such a contrast to the female of the peafowl. And yet the peahen has a beauty of her own that distinguishes her from other birds.

The peahen. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

When the peacock folded his feathers, I was not disappointed – I had seen a sight unseen before; and had a few pictures to remind me of it.

Have you seen a peacock showing off its plumage?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

We went to visit the candle factory in Swaziland and browsed through the gift shop. I enjoyed looking at the creations they had to offer. Neatly arranged, the curios were not only creative but also colourful. We could not resist buying a few souvenirs to take home with us!

Arrangement at a curio shop. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Would you have been able to resist these creations?

(Each week The Daily Post at WordPress.com posts a Photo Challenge for those who are a part of Post a Day. This week’s challenge is: Arranged)