You join me aboard an Airlink flight this morning. I’m on a photo and video mission along the South coast today, which meant a 4am start.
Looking out over the Western Cape at dawn is always a pleasure though, and it’s so good to see all the farmland dams in the Overberg glinting in the morning sunlight.
On a bigger scale, that’s Theewaterskloof dam in the middle of the shot through the mucky plane window. It’s very full.
The flight was rather delayed because of a baggage mislabelling issue (their excuse, not mine), so we’re already playing a bit of catch-up, and it’s going to be a long, busy day, but it’s all looking good – especially the weather for the outside shots.
Of course, this post won’t publish until we’re safely back down on solid ground again, so if you’re reading this, you can assume that my Embraer flight has gone rather better than Mr Prigozhin’s did last week. But then I didn’t unsuccessfully try to overthrow a despot a couple of months ago.
What an experience. From start to finish. New friends, much laughter, a little too much alcohol (perhaps), literally thousands of kilometres, heat, dust, a gazillion elephants, that leopard, some incredible sightings*, some amazing memories. It was very special.
I’ve got about 2,500 images to sift through. Many won’t make the cut, but that’s just fine. Some will be good. Hopefully, one or two will even be proper keepers.
But they will have to wait. Today has been a real snap back to reality: a cold, wet Cape winter’s day, and flooring work in the bar meaning that we have furniture everywhere and we have to run the gauntlet of across the patio in the filthy weather in order to get between the kitchen and the rest of the house.
Catching up with everything else has been a priority ahead of a job next week, so the photos – desperate as I am to see what’s there – are taking a back seat for the moment.