a photo that takes my breath away
This was taken along the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa, at a spot called Waterfall Bluff. Waterfall Bluff is a waterfall that falls directly into the Indian Ocean, and is a breathtaking and vertigo inducing sight. This was an epic day. We undertook a 20 km hike from Mbotyi to Grosvenor, sticking close to the rugged coastline where possible, while at times venturing slightly inland and hiking up and down significant hills, through wild flower filled fields and taking dips in smaller waterfalls encountered along the way. Towards the end of our hike we came to a river mouth that could only be crossed by swimming and so, after two members of our party managed to secure a lilo from a nearby house, we loaded it with our backpacks and swam across. As we got out on the other side my friend casually mentioned that she'd seen a photo of sharks swimming in the very spot we'd just crossed. It was with nervous giggling that we watched the others make their way across and breathed a great sigh of relief when everyone emerged with limbs intact.
a photo that makes me smile
This photo brings to mind a happy day from a few years ago, that of the marriage of my cousin. As we arrived for the ceremony we saw my gran and my youngest brother, always so full of warmth, gave her a hug. I love his joyful expression and her gentle smile. I love that this tender moment was captured.
a photo that makes me dream
One of my favourite things to do on our family farm is to go for long meandering walks. From season to season the landscape changes dramatically and the same piece of land holds both fond memories and new discoveries. Beautiful places clear my mind of clutter and make space for reminiscing, dreaming and connecting with God, causing hope to blossom and perspective to be restored.
a photo that makes me think
When the former king of Cambodia died this year, the country went into mourning for their beloved King Father, who secured the country's independence in 1953. This photo was taken on the 6th night of mourning, as thousands of people came to the Royal Palace to pay their respects. I felt the sense of living through an important moment in history and the outpouring of grief and love really moved me. It made me think about the importance of honouring our leaders, and while King Sihanouk made some costly mistakes during his life, he was remembered and honoured for the significant good he did.
a photo that makes my mouth water
I was a late discoverer of Eggs Benedict, but it has become one of my favourite breakfasts (of which there are admittedly many). Efforts to create it at home have failed dismally, from a questionable Hollandaise to a swirling mass of stringy egg white. The toast was pretty top notch though. And so, until the secret is discovered, it remains a treat when eating out, and perhaps it's better that way.
a photo that tells a story
A few years ago my family embarked on the "Simpson Family Road Trip", an epic cross country trip from Kwa-Zulu Natal, through Grahamstown to pick me up and on to Cape Town, the only other time we'd visited as a family being sometime in the early 90's. My memories from that first visit include wind, being enamoured with my aunt, views of the city lights that blew my farm girl mind, cable cars, Table Mountain, big red buses, feeding squirrels in the park and some man shouting at me from a passing car to stop hanging my arm out the window. On a day trip to Hout Bay I was walking along a pier at the harbour when I saw what, to my mind at least, epitomised a man of the sea. I desperately wanted a photo but felt too shy to ask so I discreetly aimed my camera in his direction and pretended I was taking a photo of the rigging(1st photo). Ninja skills. Except it was totally obvious and he saw me, so I sheepishly asked if he would mind if I took his photo, to which he graciously nodded and I took it before scuttling off, a little embarrassed but mostly elated.
a photo that I am most proud of
I can't really claim pride in a photo of which I was simply fortunate to be in the right place at the right time but I feel so happy to have captured it. Last year I visited Koh Thmei, one of the many beautiful islands dotting the coast of Cambodia. We slept in bungalows on the beach and every morning were treated to the most exquisite sunrises I'd ever seen. On the first morning we hurried out to document it before taking an early morning swim and I took this photo as my friend was walking along the shore. It was an idyllic, almost surreal setting and one of the best holidays I've had.