Category Archives: Art & Photography

Food … ’tis the Season!

Food … ’tis the Season!

Posted on: 12th December 2018| By: Marielle

School holidays, wrapping up work, packing for the beach, going on a trip  … all anyone is thinking about right now is Shopping … and delectable, decadent, spoil-yourself FOOD for those big family-gathering days. So this Post is about Food. Gravel Road Adventures does sometimes take a break from planning trips to the gramadoelas, and…
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From Route 66 to Route 62

From Route 66 to Route 62

Posted on: 9th November 2018| By: Marielle

The USA had its Route 66, so why can’t the Karoo have its Route 62? It was American crooner Nat King Cole who made sure Route 66 was immortalised in the history books with his song of the same name. The Rolling Stones sang it, as did Chuck Berry, Ray Charles and a great many…
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It’s a long, long road …

It’s a long, long road …

Posted on: 30th October 2018| By: Marielle

… to getting a handle on technology. So while we’re trying to refine the technical hitches we’re having on our new-look Blog site, I give you a couple more images of how the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is heading into the future. (If you haven’t seen the full story, visit my previous post “Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?”)
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Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?

Remember Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe?

Posted on: 29th October 2018| By: Marielle

Can you believe it’s been 12 years since this steam train ferried tourists and locals for 67 kilometres between Knysna and George, choofing across broad estuaries, rattling through pine plantations and dappled indigenous forest, huffing and puffing alongside cliff edges, and skirting shimmering lakes? It was in August 2006 that the train ground to a…
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Botanicals (the weird kind)

Botanicals (the weird kind)

Posted on: 25th September 2018| By: Marielle

Just when I think I need to venture beyond the familiar to find things exotic, out of nowhere I get a bump on the nose. It’s been taking me a little while to find my feet again after being on the road communing with wild and untamed creatures … 7,400 kilometres later … I mean,…
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Of real & inked lions

Of real & inked lions

Posted on: 14th September 2018| By: Marielle

So here’s a story… inspired by a recent lion encounter in Kgalagadi and the way its image mirrors an exquisite ink drawing I purchased on an interesting coffee stop not so long ago. There’s a really cool artisan coffee shop sitting slap-bang on the thundering-truck-ridden N2, at Riversdale in the Western Cape (what?! In this…
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Subtle sepia

Subtle sepia

Posted on: 6th September 2018| By: Marielle

Stimulated by my friend Clare’s comment (she, herself, is an accomplished photographer with an excellent eye for an unusual composition), I’ve done some experimenting with sepia on a few textural photos from Kgalagadi. Simply love the shapes of the collapsed camel thorns, gnarly limbs splayed out like giant tarantulas The term “sepia” is inherited from…
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Atonal

Atonal

Posted on: 18th August 2018| By: Marielle

Benches at Okaukuejo’s waterhole A leafless pod acacia at Halali’s waterhole which is a bit of a trek into the thornveld and clambering over boulders — luckily so, as the sound of revelling campers travels pretty far! But look closely at those beautiful striated rocks …   Sections of the park are immensely dry, but…
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A study in two tone

A study in two tone

Posted on: 18th July 2018| By: Marielle

       Shapes, lines, symmetry. Texture and contrast. That’s what black-and-white photography loves. A non-distraction of colour promotes a clarity of line. And without distraction, the tonal shades and shadows in-between begin to play mind tricks on you … creating optical illusions. Above: design flair in Provence.   Nuclear warfare? The Apocalypse? A warning against…
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Lavender rewind

Lavender rewind

Posted on: 30th June 2018| By: Marielle

I just can’t leave Valensole without doing justice to the 101 lavender pictures I’ve taken … . . . and, oh, we will be so happy to say Au revoir to les mouches!
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