Wild Flowers

When we get the chance, we go out exploring the beautiful province of Mpumalanga South Africa. After a long week of work I sure look forward to our escapades 🙂 Just last Monday we went to Gods window. As it was an overcast day I decided to put more effort in taking pictures of flowers than of the scenery. The view on a good day is nothing short of spectacular!

Ben and the view as we hike down the mountain

Ben and the view as we hike down the mountain

As we made our way to the top of Gods window (Google search to find out what I am talking about)Ben was in his element nimbly skipping from rock to rock, making his way to the very edge of the mountain and confidently walking into plumes of dark clouds (things I would only dream of doing, yes, I confess, I am the cautious adventurer!). I on the other hand was filled with a mixture of awe and absolute terror. In awe because it was so very peaceful and lovely and terror because I could hear the not so distant rumble of thunder and lightening as they warmed up for what I only knew so well would become a very heated discussion. If you have ever experienced an African thunderstorm, you will know what I am talking about. Not like the whole experience worried Ben one bit, as we explored the flat top of the mountain he inundated me with stories and fun facts of how lightening kills people….this brought no comfort to me because at that time we where the only two tall objects on top of that mountain.  I so wish I could put into words what it felt like having dark clouds swirl around you in a circular motion and experiencing a small taste of how powerful nature can be but I fail every time I try! Fortunately for me, it seemed as if we where in the eye of the storm, wouldn’t be surprised if that was a disappointment for Ben…

Oh well, I hope to one day go back to Gods window and this time the weather will be in my favour!

 

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The Drakensberg.

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After the demise of my camera, my dad has been gracious enough to lend me his and I have been having a lot of fun figuring it out. FYI the Drakensberg are the highest mountain range in Southern Africa and are found in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. I see these every time I travel to South Africa. There are a lot of sugarcane, banana and citrus farms along this highway.

I really love mountains 🙂

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You are so beautiful to me.

I love mountains, for me they are a constant reminder that God can answer the silliest and most impossible of prayers like the one I prayed when I was 21 years old; “please send me to mountains one day.”

In the last 3 years, I have lived alongside some of the worlds epic mountain ranges. In 2010 I had a little house right beside the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa. The mountains in the area I was in were more like rolling hills than imposing giants but they were beautiful nonetheless. Immediately after that I spent almost a whole year living besides North Americas Rocky Mountains. For me, the Rockies are majestic and demand your respect, I think they will always be my favorite. Now that I am living in Peru, I am surrounded by South Americas legendary Andes Mountains. This weekend I got my first opportunity to come face to face with them. I must say, from the little that I saw, they did not disappoint.

I don’t have the best of cameras,  it’s an old  Sony Cyber-shot 6.0 megapixels. Most of the time it has a mind of its own and when I use it I am constantly praying that it wont die on me. Its a small wonder  that people I don’t even know like my pictures.

So here are just a few shots of my view of the Andes, I do hope many more will follow. All the pictures were taken in a moving bus so forgive me if you see anything that is not part of the scenery, its most probably the reflection of something from inside the bus.