The whitewashed cottages of the 150-year-old fisherman’s village of Kassiesbaai are the defining image of Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. The village, perched on a dune above the sea, has been declared a national monument in its entirety and is still home to the active fishermen of the area (local guides available). The community runs a craft centre and will arrange traditional meals for groups by appointment. This is a bit of living history not to be missed.
More canola fields and a beautiful sunset! Today I took a slightly different route… via Rooidriffie to Rietpoel and then on the Jongensklip road all the way to Caledon before heading back to Stanford. Different scenes and different lighting altogether…
Here are some of my own photo-harvest on this memorable day.
The late Clemens Reynolds of Tesselaarsdal was a blacksmith and when we visited him in 2004/5 everything from the forge, the bellows and all his tools – hammers (sledges), anvils, tongs, chisels, etc. were still in tact. A man of many talents, he also played the banjo and concertina. In the kitchen a fire was burning in the old Emerald Dover stove. The house he lived in was the same house he grew up in. His father Jan Nigrini was a miller, and remnants of the mill and millstones were still there. With our second visit we arrived just as a neighbour was giving him a haircut.
You can read more about Clemens and Tesselaarsdal here: http://overbergvillagelife.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/tesselaars-tangled-tale/
These are the results of Two photographers on the prowl
We did it, and yes, I made it! After going to bed at 2:30am the previous night, I was up at 5:50am – even before the alarm went off! It was still almost dark when I left and drove through the quiet, sleeping village to pick Herman van Bon up for our photography-stroll through the village. We were both armed with our digital cameras, herman with his Sony A77VQ with a Sony DT 2.8/16-55 mm lens, mine is a Canon EOS 400 D with Canon 18-55 mm lens. No tripods. (You can read more about how this two-some came about, here: Two photographers on the prowl)
From seven until ten we were out “shooting early birds”! We had so much fun and laughed so much. We first went to Stanford South and what struck us both were how lively and full of people the streets were with men and women going to work, children off to school and dogs doing what dogs…
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