The primary reason I love the sea

Like most people, I love the tranquility and mystery of the sea, but I think what I love most about the sea is absolute joy it brings to people, most especially children. As we grow older our child-like fascination with the great mystery that is the sea disappears, and we don’t fully acknowledge our awe and appreciation of its great unknown. That is the true tragedy of adulthood.


Playing with Rocks





These naughty little kids were playing with rocks at the view point at the Fish River Canyon – what else would you play with in the middle of the desert?

The essence of life

Today I had the opportunity to take some pictures of some children. I found it was difficult for me to get down to the right angle to photograph them nicely. However, when I looked at the resulting photos I realised that the freedom that a child has oozes out of them in leaps and bounds and no matter what angle you photograph them from they still look so free and so alive and so happy.

And so, the name of this post, The essence of life, is in truth everything that a child embodies. As a child everything is fascinating, and even the smallest things can put a smile on your face. Why do so many of us lose this freedom in adulthood? I challenge you today to feel like a kid again. Be free. Be happy. And feel the joy of life radiate through your soul!

Sheer Fascination

By mid morning the beach was teeming with little kids and their parents, grandparents or older siblings – an amateur photographer’s paradise. The sheer variety of little personalities running around was fascinating and immediately one could pick out the scientists-to-be. One little girl was particularly enthusiastic to get her feet wet, her grandmother much less so.