http://beesgratitudeblog2011.blogspot.com/Now that I have completed a whole year of photos I am starting a new blog called my Gratitude Blog. This year I'm going to focus on something for which I am grateful every day. You will find a link to my 2011 blog on the right of this blog.
I started this blog on 1 January 2010 with a photo of my husband lying in this hammock. Today I end the challenge with a photo of our grandson, Nicholas enjoying the same comfortable hammock. Nicholas was born on 27 January this year and he is a major blessing. It's been a wonderful year with many exciting events - our trip to East Africa, our eldest daughter's visit in November and visits with our children and two grandsons being other highlights. I have learned a little bit about photography, I've realized what a wonderful Creator we have, I've learned to appreciate nature in a new way through the lens of my camera. It's been an awesome year and I thank my friends on Facebook for their encouragement and guidance as we've completed this challenge together. Wow! What a year. I wish all my family and friends blessings upon blessings in 2011. This will be the last entry into this blog as I'll have to start a new one for 2011.
Today I was quite late getting my picture. I went outside after 6pm searching for a subject. I was standing in front of the Abelia bush when I spied this frantic little bee searching for nectar so late in the day - he also had to make the deadline. Together we met the deadline.
Our last day at Doodsklip. This by the way is the rock from which the place gets its name. I played with the camera whilst Mark was tying everything back onto the roof of the Jeep for the trip home....
Today was bike riding. The rain let up enough for us to get out onto the road. This is a view from the top of a long hill that we pushed the bikes up. You can see the road snaking away in the distance round the mountain. Of course it was great fun free wheeling down the other side...
Scenery in Baviaanskloof is breathtaking and of course it's unspoiled. There is so much variety. The reserve has seven of South Africa's nine biomes. A truly beautiful place.
We had a very simple Christmas lunch in our "dining room" under a huge fig reminiscent of the Magic Faraway Tree. It rained all day but thanks to Mark's great tarpaulin skillfully hung from the tree we were able to remain warm and dry. We spent most of the day reading and chatting. We had the whole campsite to ourselves so it was truly "peace on Earth".
We are spending the Christmas weekend at a campsite in the Baviaanskloof wilderness area - far from the madding crowd. Mark and I had the campsite to ourselves. This is a view of the mountains from the plateau on the way to our site. The flowers in the foreground are pincushion proteas.