I am glad that the Challenge for this week is Silhouette – as I have quite a few photos to show.
However, they are not all taken by me. I just wanna show photos which best illustrate the theme.
The first photo was taken by my sister-in-law in Botswana.
The sun was setting and the beauty of the image is not in the silhouette itself, but in the sky and the reflections in the water.
Some more photos from Jennie, my sister-in-law, on sunset in Africa.
This is a series of four images, taken as the sun went down.
Beautiful sky with swirling clouds, the sun reflected in the calm waters, tranquil lake with tropical water plants.
La Hora Magica – as one of my readers described this golden hour in Spanish!
In fact, no words can adequately describe it, it is something to be experienced – no matter where you are – in a city, the bush, rainforests, mountains or lakes, you will love experiencing the African Sunset.
When the sun finally set and give way to total darkness, you are overcome by the trillion of stars in the sky.
This week’s photo challenge is The Golden Hour.
In photography, the “golden hour” is the first and last hour of sunlight of the day.
While I have quite a few images taken in the “golden hour”, but I consider that the images taken by Jennie, my sister-in-law, out of Africa are more superior; for this reason I am posting a couple of them (or more of them, depending on the response) for sharing.
I can imagine that the burning heat rises up creating ripples in the air and there is a strong smell of the trees and grass in front of me.
While feeling the heat and the humidity, I can see the distant trees silhouetted black against the colorful sky in the last hour of the sunlight.
Maybe, by now the birds and the wild beasts are all heading home as the sun sets, ending another normal day in wild Africa. . . . . . .
Only a couple of photos in this blog are not taken by me. I have to show this one which was taken by my sister-in-law because it is such a fascinating photo taken “From Above”.
This is a photo taken on a domestic flight while my sister-in-law was travelling over Botswana last year. The image, with a range of colors, seems to be taken from out of this world.
I have never seen anything like this and would like very much to share it with my readers. Hope you will like it too :-)
As the year is coming to a close, I have been thinking of the people and animals I have encountered during the year.
I was pondering what to submit for photos. While I like taking landscape photos, my skills in taking photos of people and animals is lousy.
On reading Cee’s theme for this week, an image immediately comes to mind, it is a photo of a Bushmen baby in Botswana; a face which I will never forget. The picture was taken by my sister-in-law while travelling in Bostwana earlier last month. The baby girl looks adorable, with delicate facial features and smooth skin. What seems more interesting is that she seems to have Hope in her eyes – something which seem so important to us as we lived past the “doomsday” and started a new era in the Mayan calendar.
(Courtesy of Jennie, my sister in law)
To me, her face is as interesting as the Afghan Girl photographed some years ago in the National Geographic. While the Afghan Girl photographed in the war torn country has piercing sea-green eyes, the baby’s beautiful eyes here connote a sense of hope and love which are badly needed in the “dark continent” as well as in many corners of the earth.
Perhaps, my best people for 2012 is not this baby, but the many volunteers in Africa who are dedicated to caring these people. I know at least one of my blog followers is working as a volunteer in Africa. To me, they are my “best people” in 2012; whether photographed or not photographed.
For more people and animals, see Cee’s Photography Page