Marianne at East of Málaga featured me in her photo challenge this month. The theme is ‘Looking up’, and she has posted some awesome photos taken from down below. As some of you may know, I’ve been away from my beach house for almost a whole week. Today was a spectacular day weather-wise, so we just had to take a stroll to get our fill of healthy sea air, and check out the beach. The lighthouse beckoned us from a distance, as we walked along the promenade.
When we got close, I looked up, and this is what I saw. Do you see that chip out of the plaster right at the top?
There were quite a few people around, and I was wondering which one of them was the owner of this car.
I don’t like to get too close to “nut-cases,” and anyone who would pay good money to secure this car registration plate, must surely qualify as one. 🙂
This next photo definitely won’t do for the challenge, because it was taken ‘looking down’ from the end of the pier. You can see why this seaside resort is called Umhlanga Rocks. The ships really do need that lighthouse.
A bit further along, I looked up at the quite recently built ultra-expensive apartment blocks which now block out the sun from the beach, for the best part of the day. 😦
Here is a shot looking up at the sun through this tree filter.
Now for a totally unrelated couple of ‘looking up’ photos. First one is of hubby doing his trapeze act in Phuket a couple of years ago. I was utterly ‘gob-smacked’ as I looked up at him merrily swinging away upside-down. My very own Tarzan!
Anyway, as some of you may have already seen, I got my own back when we were there this year, by insisting on trying out the parasailing over the bay at Patong. I don’t think he could quite believe that it was his scaredy-cat wife flying around up there. 😆
Now I have to feature two blogs, which I follow.
I have chosen Gunta whose blog is called “Movin’on.” She posts the most awesome photos, mostly, but not exclusively, of her beach on the Oregon Coast. I have been following her for a while now, and always look forward to each new post.
Second up is Lisa of the “I write what I like” blog. She is from Durban, South Africa, but is now living in France, where she runs her own chalet. She skis in winter and hikes the Alps in summer, and posts the most breathtaking photos, together with tales of her adventurous life there.
I do hope that you will take time to visit these two blogs, and enjoy them as much as I do.
P.S. my favourite is the light house in Umhlanga…I love it!!
I too am very fond of that lighthouse. 🙂
Hi AD…thank you…Just got back from a visit to Brighton. My Sister has the big C and was given 6 months a couple of months ago…She has defied all odds and doing better but still quite weak!!
I’m so sorry about your dear sister, Lisa. I pray that she will prove the doctors wrong. Hugs to you.
Cool shots 🙂 And thanks for the links to those two lovely blogs.
Thanks, Madhu. Yes, both Gunta and Lisa have really great blogs.
You and hubby are really brave 😉
Absolutely fearless. 🙂
Isn’t it sad when progress destroys something else? The aprartments are beautiful architecturally yet they block the sun from the beach. Their beauty is minimalized because of it. The clarity on all the photos is perfect.
Yes, progress isn’t always in everyone’s interest. There were many objections to the proposed height of those apartment blocks, but money won out, as it tends to do these days. 😦
Is it my imagination or is the lighthouse leaning to the right?
Super photos as always – here’s to Tarzan and Jane, long may their adventures continue!
Who knows? Maybe the camera wasn’t quite straight. 🙂 I love the “Tarzan and Jane.” 😆
Another WOW! you are amazing. Thank you dear AD, love, nia
🙂 Glad you liked my pics, nia.
Hehehe. Your comment tells me that we are kindred spirits on these matters. 🙂
Nutcase? Don’t these people realize that personalized plates = easy to track down if you drive like a chop? e.g. every time I see PMS24/7 driving in the road I want to throw a brick at her car because she never stops at pedestrian crossings. As for MVG, the fat lazy slag – she lives 4 houses down from her yoga class and yet she drives. Oh, she also parks on the pavement and in handicapped bays – I can name some more and yes, I am way too observant for my own good.
As for the pictures, lovely jubly!
😀 Loving the lighthouse shots 🙂 and the NUT-CASE one 😀 whoever puts a vanity plate must be one 😉
Thanks, Paula. Glad I gave you some smiles. 🙂
😀 Thank YOU 🙂
I could definitely take a holiday in that appartment block.
Love the picture of your ‘very own Tarzan’!
Thanks, Sarah. Lovely to see you here. 🙂
Fantastic photo collection my friend. Beautiful capture 😛
Thanks so much, dellaanna. 🙂
Gorgeous! Love these photos
Thanks, flim. So glad we’ve found one another again. 🙂
Great work my friend…..Your photography always surprise me a lot so stunning
…..Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks so much, dear Jake, 😉
Lovely stuff! I like the “Tarzan” one:-)
Thanks cocoa. I thought he was very brave. 🙂
I think lighthouses are just beautiful. Love your first image. What a beautiful place to look up (or down). 🙂
Thanks so much, Angelia. Yes, I’m so lucky to live right next to the beach here. 🙂
Wonderful images… love them.. 🙂
Thanks so much, Bams. 🙂
Fantastic photos!!! Brilliant – I love the piece of missing plaster (well spotted – I wonder who it fell on) and the nutcase car 😀
Thanks, Dianne. Now there’s a thought. Glad I wasn’t walking past, or taking my photo when it fell. 🙂
Welll spotted with that plaster nick! 🙂
Thanks, Ruth. Not much gets past me. 😀
These just bring back images in my mind of when as a kid we always went to Umhlanga on holiday, the light house was a huge attraction to me as a boy of 7 or 8, could stand for hours watching the light circulate at night… That new apartment I haven’t seen…lovely blog and post… love it…
I’m so glad my photos brought back good memories, bdt. We’ve always loved this place ever since we first started coming down here on holiday in the 1970’s. It’s changed dramatically, but you can still recognise certain landmarks. The lighthouse is of course the one that stands out most. 🙂
I love the license plate!
I couldn’t resist showing you. 🙂
Beautiful photos fitting the CBBH Photo Challenge perfectly.
I wonder how the paint came to be missing from the top of the lighthouse?
You are quite a pair of dare-devils – you and your hubby, aren´t you? I wonder what you will get up to next?
Right, I´m going to hop over to Gunta and Lisa´s blogs to say HELLO.
Well done, AD. 🙂
Thanks so much, Marianne. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Gunta and Lisa too. I can’t imagine how the top of the lighthouse got damaged. It’s not as though it somewhere where people could bump into it by accident. 🙂
Great photographs, I don’t like personalised number plates, the Americans have the right terminology for them ‘vanity plates’
Thanks, SC. I love the term, “vanity plates.” They are so pathetic aren’t they? 🙂
Hubby in the air looks like a good toemail shot to us. Do you think he would mind?
Not at all. You’re welcome to use the photo. My feet were also bare, but as I was so high up, you can’t really see them. 😉
Wow, didn’t realize that was you, awesome!
Just posted the one of your hubby 🙂
Thanks so much. I’ll show him. 😀
There are more pics on my “Come fly with me” post. You can use any of them which you like. 🙂
Wow, parasailing over the bay, AD! More about parasailing, please….
You can see the whole story on my post here. 🙂
what a view: the first photo is so beautiful!
Thanks so much, Marina. 🙂
Very cool photos–especially the one of you way up in the sky!
Thanks, Naomi. It was such fun being up there. I felt so free, just like a bird. :)l
Interesting pictures all!
Thanks, Col. 🙂
It’s been a bit since I used it,the word,and it fits,so….AWESOME!!!! 😀
Thanks, DC. Great to see your smile again. 😀
Two great blogs!
So glad you agree with me, Gilly. 🙂
What does Umhlanga mean, exactly? The Rocks I get, but only description I find on Umhlanga is “dancing reeds” or some such. Can that BE?
I believe it means “the place of reeds,” and was named thus because of the beds of reeds growing along the Ohlanga river north of Umhlanga Rocks.
You’re welcome, Connie. 🙂
Thanks for the mention ad and I must say the feeling is very much mutual (the looking forward part!) I’ll be checking out Lisa’s blog per your suggestion.
I’m loving that last picture of you! That looks like such fun!
Thanks so much, Gunta. I do enjoy being part of a mutual admiration society. 😀 Yes, parasailing was great fun and so ‘uplifting’. 😆
Great pun intended, I’m sure!
Soon, I hope, our weather will allow similar pics. As for the aerobatics count me out like in OUT!!
Hehehe. Hoping for a good-weather weekend for you. 🙂