Silhouettes

I enjoy seeing silhouettes at the end of a day spend outside. Often the weekends during the summer are spent outside, resulting in my family and I seeing the sun setting behind the iconic CN tower.

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The CN tower in Toronto. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Whenever we have the opportunity, we enjoy watching the sun go down near a bed of water in Ontario.

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Sunset at an Ontario lake. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoy as well the silhouettes created by the African landscape. The fingers of the trees rising against the outcrops of mountains is a sight that is familiar to me.

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Silhouette of an African landscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

As is the sight of workers waiting for the taxi at a street corner:

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Waiting for a taxi. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

A sight that I have not seen often, but which I enjoy, is the silhouette of beach goers at the end of a day spent on a Mauritian beach. The warmth of the sand and the sea continues to tempt those still left on the beach.

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Sihouette at a Mauritian beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The sight of the Mauritian beach is always calming – even those beaches that do not encourage too much swimming.

Sunset on a Mauritian Beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Sunset on a Mauritian Beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

And a view of a palm tree on the beach is a sight that one is assured to see.

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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

No matter where one is in the world, one can be sure to see a silhouette that is unique to that country’s landscape.

What silhouette do you often see?

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

African Landscape

The African landscape can be dry and harsh – especially during the winter months. There is, however, a beauty in the hues of brown and green.

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The African veld. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

The grasses blend in with the colours of the rocks on the mountainside while the warm sun looks on.

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A mountainside. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Looking out into the distance at the horizon, the solitude of a tree rises amid the smaller brush.

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The African Horizon. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

The mountainside is beginning to green as the cooler months pass. Soon this view will change during the rainy summer months.

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Looking into the distance. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

As the sun is setting, the mountainside and the beauty of the African landscape is shown in its golden light.

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The golden hour lighting a mountainside. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I love the African mountainside and every time I visit it, I embrace its beauty.

Have you experienced the African landscape in wintertime?

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(This post was inspired by Frizztext’s A-Z Challenge)

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.

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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)

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Viewing Horizons

Each day I look out my window and see the horizon filled with skyscrapers. The buildings reach up towards the sky, blocking the view of nature.

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View from a balcony. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

There have been times when I have looked at the horizon and seen a well-known skyline: the skyline of Toronto.

The Toronto Skyline (2). © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
The Toronto Skyline. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

But I prefer a more natural horizon. When we were in Mauritius, I enjoyed the skyline with the palm trees silhouetted against the fading light.

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A Mauritian horizon. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoyed watching the sun set below the sea, lighting both the skies and water.

Sunset on a Mauritian Beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012
Sunset on a Mauritian Beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

I enjoyed the horizon from the beach during the daytime. The sight of the sand and sea had a peaceful and calming effect on me.

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A Mauritian beach. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

I enjoy, too, the horizons one sees of the mountains: the colours and shapes that are shown against the blue sky.

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A mountain view in Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Looking into the far distance from a Swazi mountainside always brings me joy. I admire the shapes and the majesty of nature’s beauty.

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Looking into the distance. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2012

Thankfully I get a chance to change the horizons that I see. I may see a horizon filled with man-made structures everyday; but I do prefer the one created by Nature.

Which horizons are your favourite to see?

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

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A Golden Hour in Swaziland

Cheri Lucas Rowlands discusses the golden hour in this week’s photo challenge on WordPress.com: the first and last hour of sunlight in the day. The moment I want to share with you took place in Swaziland, on a warm winter’s day. After a full day, we were spending time on the manicured lawns of the Royal Swazi Sun. The quiet of nature surrounded us as did the beauty of the mountains.

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A view of a Swazi mountainside. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

As the sun was sinking in the sky, the colour on the mountainside appeared to be golden. The trees, as their branches reached up to the sky, were thrown into relief against the fading blue of the sky.

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Twilight in Swaziland. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

As we sat on the grass, the children played their game and I watched the sun sinking lower and the natural silhouettes appearing on the horizon.

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A silhouette. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2013

Looking at these photographs now from the other side of the world, I feel a yen for the stark beauty of the African landscape. It is a beauty that is shown in relief as the sun sets on a warm winter’s day.

Do you enjoy the the golden hour?

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)