Stellenbosch is a university town outside Cape Town, and the hub of the Cape Winelands. We took a drive out to a wine farm in the area to browse the Sunday morning market. It had something for everyone – my eldest son, the avid vintage weaponry collector, negotiated his way to becoming the proud owner of a Boer War bayonet, my youngest son acquired a magician’s starter pack and was immediately wowing us with his tricks, I found the pair of winter boots I’ve been looking for and my husband enjoyed the wine and food.
Okay, okay, I enjoyed the wine and food too. The Buitenverwachting 2012 Merlot went down superbly with fresh bread and fig brie. As we wandered back to the car, I wondered if I had indulged in a little too much Merlot and perhaps my camera was safer in the bag. Irresistible watercolour painterly scenes won and I snapped these from the parking area.
We took a short drive through the town and if I saw something that caught my eye, I’d ask my husband to stop the car, then jump out and fire off a few shots. It was an overcast day and although I wished I’d caught the trees and vines in full autumn colours, the bare branches and flowing rivers provided their own stories to tell.
All these images were taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 at f/2.0 and required very little editing in post production.
I’ve made a mental note to return next autumn – Stellenbosch has so much more to offer and I could spend an entire day there with my camera. Old buildings, huge oak trees, gorgeous churches, and of course, wine.