Monday, November 30, 2015

2 Women Lost in the gabric of a fishing net

This young seal fully accepted my presence and allowed me to come very close. After a while it became quite windy and we both got caught in this sandstorm.

Big female Tiger Shark off the Bahamas

Marcio Cardoso balancing on the slackline 200m above the beautiful landscape of Rio De Janeiro.

It was one of those days, great for landscape photography as rain clouds raced across the sky leaving gaps for shafts of sunlight in between.
It was then I saw the church.
The church and the mountainside were bathed in that gorgeous soft late autumn light.

Tuscany hills at sunrise, every time It's something special that give us new emotions.

The village of Sandur on the small island of Sandoy in the Faroe Islands.

I took this photo from our balloon as we were drifting over this remarkable landscape of rock formations in Cappadocia, Turkey. The sky was filled with colorful hot air balloons and in this moment all the balloons seemed to align perfectly to allow me to capture this shot. It was surreal.
Photo Betty Gist

n Vinh Hy Bay, two women become lost in the fabric of a fishing net. That was just a random moment when I came to the fishing village to shoot the lifestyle of the fisherman. While the men do their fishing, their wives stay at home and do the errands. When we were there, the ladies were sewing the fishing net for a new fishing season.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Kyk hierdie asb - al is dit laaste ding wat jul doen




 
This is one of the most inspiring videos I have ever seen. Please take a minute to view it. He speaks English even though the sub-titles are in Nederlands!  guarantee that you will never forget it.






Saturday, November 28, 2015

Horizontal Lightning

Horizontal Lightning

According to Nasa, horizontal lightning, also known as intracloud, usually occurs within clouds high in the atmosphere.

Photography by Carsten Peter

Guided by the laptop weather map reflected in his window, Tim Samaras rushes to catch up to a dying thunderstorm.
He hopes to be the first to photograph the split-second event that triggers a lightning strike.

Photography by Carsten Peter

Horizontal, cloud-to-cloud lightning bolts—called anvil crawlers, for their tendency to “crawl” along the
bottom of anvil-shaped storm clouds—light up the sky near Greensburg, Kansas.

Photography by Carsten Peter

A ground fire ignited by a lightning storm near Elephant Butte, New Mexico, paints the horizon with brown smoke.
At right, another cloud-to-ground strike flashes through a shaft of rain.

Photography by Carsten Peter

Back on the highway with the Kahuna in tow, Samaras hunts for the elusive shot.
This summer he's on the chase again, with new, nimbler equipment.

Cloud flashes sometimes have visible channels that extend out into the air around the storm (cloud-to-air or CA),
but do not strike the ground. The terms sheet lightning or intra-cloud lightning (IC) refers to lightning embedded
within a cloud that lights up as a sheet of luminosity during the flash. A related term, heat lightning, is lightning or lightning-induced
illumination that is too far away for thunder to be heard.


Spider lightning refers to long, horizontally traveling flashes often seen on the underside of stratiform clouds.

Cloud to air



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Friday, November 27, 2015

8 Richest South Africans

8 Richest South Africans

1. Nicky Oppenheimer – R93.7 Billion ($6.8 Billion / €6.21 Billion)

Born Nicholas Oppenheimer is a the wealthiest man in South Africa.
Born the son of wealthy mining tycoon Harry Oppenheimer, Nicky (Nicholas) Oppenheimer would go on to continue
the family business with an emphasis on education and multiply his family's billions.

Nicky Oppenheimer joined the London based Anglo American (worlds largest platinum mining coming and a company his father was
Chairman of the Board of Directors) in 1968 and was quickly promoted to director in 1974.

Like his grandfather and father before him Nicholas Oppenheimer would become Chairman of De Beers Group
(once the worlds largest diamond producer) in 1985.
His family fortune controlled a 40% stake in the company. According to Bloomberg Oppenheimer, in what some might consider a conflict of interest,
sold his 40% interest in De Beers to Anglo American (a company in which he was on the board of directors) for $5.1 billion.

Date of Birth: June 1945
Education: Oxford
Net Worth: R93.7 Billion (source: Forbes)
Companies: Anglo American / De Beers


2. Christo Wiese – R94.5 Billion ($6.9 Billion / €6.27 Billion)

With a fluctuating net worth Christoffel Wiese is sometimes the wealthiest man in South Africa. A child working class parents,
Wiese excelled in education receiving his BA nad LLB from the prestigious Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
After practicing law for several years Wiese started his career as an entrepreneur launching a Pepkor
(a discount chain clothing chain his parents had helped found: Forbes) store in the country of Zambia.

Wiese is currently the Chairman of Brait SE, an investment firm Wiese uses to make corporate sales and acquisitions
most notably Virgin Active health clubs based in London for £682 (R14.27 Billion/ $1 Billion)

Date of Birth: 10 September 1941
Education: University of Stellenbosch
Net Worth: R94.5 Billion
Companies: Pepkor / Shoprite Holdings / Invicta Holdings

3. Johann Rupert – R90.3 Billion ($6.6 Billion / €6 Billion)

Third on the list of South African's wealthiest is Johann Rupert. Rupert is the son of tobacco magnate Anton Rupert and another
wealthy alumni of the University of Stellenbosch. Johann Rupert is currently the founder and chairman of Compagnie Financiere Richemont
(maker of Baume & Mercier, Cartier) a luxury goods holding company he started in 1988.

Forbes writes, "Rupert owns a 7% stake in Remgro, which he chairs, as well as 25% of Reinet,
an investment holding company based in Luxembourg that has a stake in British American Tobacco."

Date of Birth: 1 June 1950
Education: University of Stellenbosch
Net Worth: R90.3 Billion
Companies: Compagnie Financiere Richemont / Rembrandt Group / Remgro Limited


4. Ivan Glasenberg – R45.1 Billion ($3.3 Billion / €3 Billion)

Johannesburg, South Africa born Ivan Glasenberg is the CEO of commodities trading and mining giant Glencore (formally Marc Rich & Co AG).
Glasenberg was on the board of Swiss mining giant Xstrata before being acquired by Glencore in what can be called a potential conflict of interest.
The business tycoon also has a seat on the board of directors of Minara Resources, an Australian mining giant based in Perth.

In 2011 Ivan Glasenberg's Glencore purchased the outstanding shares of Minara for R3.83 billion ($280 million / €253 million) according to
 Financial Times The Times also writes, "The offer, which represent a premium of 35.9 per cent over Tuesday's closing price of A$0.64, values Minara at A$1.01bn".

Date of Birth: January 1957
Education: University of the Witwatersrand SA / University of Southern California (USA)
Net Worth: R45.1 Billion


 5. Patrice Motsepe – R30.1 Billion / $2.2 Billion / €2 Billion

Highly educated Patrice Motsepe (born Augustine Motsepe) is South Africa's first black billionaire.
Born in Soweto, South Africa Motsepe attended law school at the esteemed University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Motsepe is the founder and current chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, which Forbes states is ,"a publicly traded firm that mines
and processes iron, manganese, chrome, platinum, copper, nickel, coal and gold".

In 1997 with sunken gold prices Patrice Motsepe had the intuition to purchase gold producing mines at a fraction of there value.
BlackEntrepreneurProfile writes, "Mr. Motsepe…acquired a number of marginal shafts at Vaal Reefs in January 1998 on favorable
financial terms, followed by the purchase of other marginal shafts owned by AngloGold in the Free State.".

Date of Birth: 28 January 1962
Education: University of Swaziland / University of the Witwatersrand
Net Worth: R30.1 Billion (source: CNN)


6. Koos Bekker – R28.7 Billion / $2.1 Billion / €1.90 Billion

Koos Bekker is a Cape Town born billionaire and the first South African billionaire on our list not specializing in mining.
Mr. Bekker is he Chairman and former CEO of Cape Town based Naspers a multinational media company with investments in China, India, Russia and over 100 other countries.

Koos Bekker has been called Africa's Rupert Murdock by Businesstech.co.za.
The website also states he raised Naspers market cap from $R8.2 billion in 1984 to over R340 billion in 2015.

Date of Birth: 14 December 1952
Education: Stellenbosch University / Columbia Business School (US)
Net Worth: R28.7 Billion


7. Stephen Saad – R20.5 Billion / $1.5 / €1.36 Billion

Stephen Saad is a Durban, South Africa born billionaire and 7th on our list of wealthiest South Africans.
Saad is Chief Executive of Aspen Pharmacare which is the largest drug company in Africa.

Founded in 1997 with business partner Gus Attridge, Pharmacare specializes in generic drug manufacturing
particularly antiretrovirals used in the management of HIV/AIDS.

Date of Birth: 23 June 1964
Education: University of Natal
Net Worth: R20.5 Billion


8. Desmond Sacco – R19.1 Billion / $1.4 Billion / €1.26 Billion

Desmond Sacco is Chairman and Managing Director of mining holding company Assore Limited and former
Chairman of Associated Manganese Mines from February 1999 to May 2001. Upon graduation from the University
of South Africa Sacco joined his fathers company (Assore Group) and quickly (perhaps through nepotism,
hard work or a combination of the two) rose to senior management.

In a company profile of Assore on whoswho.co.za owns 50% of Patrice Motsepe's multi-billion Rand mining company African Rainbow Minerals Limited (ARM).

Date of Birth: 1940
Education: University of Witwatersrand / University of South Africa,
Net Worth: R19.1 Billion


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Margate Shell Grotto


  
Buried deep underground in small English town of Margate, Kent; is a grotto shrouded in complete mystery. 
Adorned with 4.6 million shells and 70ft of winding underground passages leading to a rectangular chamber, this shell grotto is undoubtedly a remarkable site to behold.
Story has it that in 1835, a laborer was going about his usual field work, but when he struck the soil with his spade, it sank into the earth. The farmer realized that he was standing on something hollow, but was unable to see anything from the surface. Word spread around town, and a local school teacher volunteered his young son, Joshua, to be lowered into the hole with a candle. Upon emerging from the mysterious cavern, Joshua described rooms filled with hundreds of thousands of carefully arranged shells.  

Underground Grotto
The Shell Grotto is adorned with symbols mosaiced in millions of shells, symbols that celebrate life as well as reminders of death. 
Underground Grotto
The Shell Grotto hosts a passage, a rotunda and an altar chamber. 
Underground Grotto
The shells in the grotto, include scallops, whelks, mussels, cockles, limpets and oysters, all of which can be found locally. However, the flat wrinkle shells must have been brought in from elsewhere.  
Underground Grotto

Underground Grotto
With so much intricate detail, on a rather large scale, one question still remains, who built this underground cavern
Underground Grotto
Shrouded in mystery, some believe that the grotto once had religious significance - primarily due to the vaulted ceilings and altar spaces.  
Underground Grotto
Nobody knows how old the grotto is, but some theories about its origin date its constructions as far back as 3,000 years ago. 
Another theory holds that the grotto was created as an aristocrat's folly sometime in the 1700s. This proposed explanation is validated by the fact that shell grottoes were actually quite popular in Europe in the 1700s, especially among the wealthy. The only catch to this theory, though, is that the grotto's location was on farmland - a land that had never been part of a large estate where follies would have been satisfied.  
Others believe that it may have been used as an astrological calendar in the past.
There are those also, who say that the grotto must somehow be connected with the Freemasons or the Knights Templar
Others believe that the grotto may date as far back as 12,000 years ago, maintaining that it is connected to a mysterious Mexican culture.  
Underground Grotto
Its mystery has left people completely stumped!
Right now, it seems, we will not discover the truth behind this mysterious shell grotto. The age of the shells could be determined through carbon dating according to the Shell Grotto's web site, but it's a pricey process and other conservation issues are currently being prioritized.   
One thing is clear though, the arrangement of the shells must have taken countless hours of painstaking work.  
Underground Grotto
Unfortunately, many of the shells in the grotto have faded over time, losing their luster through water damage. In its early days, it would have been full of dazzling color. This recreation shows what they might have looked like at the time, and with over 4.6 million shells, it surely must have looked astonishing! 
Underground Grotto
Since its discovery, the Margate Shell Grotto has been opened to the public, first by Joshua's father, the school teacher. In 1835 he quickly bought up the land and began renovating the grotto to make it suitable for visitors. Two years later, in 1837, the grotto had been opened to the public for the first time, and still enjoys visitors today.





 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

God created color

 

 

C O L O R ONLY GOD COULD CREATE

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not.
~Henry James~

 



Compassion is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~Mark Twain~

 


Carry a heart that never hates , a smile that never fades and a touch that never hurts.

 



Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret,
for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.
~Robert Brault~

 



Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you , not because they are nice but because you are.

 




Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up.

 



A good character is the best tombstone.
Those who loved you will remember.
Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.

 



It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.

 




Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.
It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.

 



If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

 



I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.
~Rudyard Kipling~

 



Don't be yourself — be someone nicer.

 



Never miss an opportunity to make others happy,
even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.

 




Love your enemies - it will confuse them greatly.

 




There is one word which may serve as a rule for all one's life — reciprocity (mutual exchange).
~Confucius~

 



Grownups know that little things matter and that relationships are based on respect.

 



Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how.
~Henry James~

 



The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
~Henry Boyle~

 



When I was young, I admired clever people.
Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
~Abraham Heschel~

 

 



If we should deal out justice only in this world, who would escape?
No, it is better to be generous for it gains us gratitude.
~Mark Twain~

 



Be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant of the weak,
because someday in your life you will be all of these.
~George Washington Carver~

 




You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone
who will never be able to repay you.
~John Wooden~

 



If those who owe us nothing gave us nothing, how poor we would be.
~Antonio Porchia~

 




You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

 




By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.
~Winston Churchill

 



Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.
~Frank A. Clark~

 



We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
~Epictetus~

 



Don’t let those who take advantage of your generosity
stop you from being generous.
~Author Unknown ~

 



Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
~Maya Angelou~

 

 



In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who care s more.
~Author Unknown ~

 




Love thy neighbor and if requires that you bend the truth, the truth will understand.
~Robert Brault