TRAVEL SOUTH AFRICA A LETTER FROM AFRICA Nr. 1

My Dearest Friends,

It has been a roller coaster ride all the way from Newport Beach California to South Africa and by now most of you might have heard that I was deplaned in Dakar. Delta Airlines made an error and Cole (my dog) could not arrive in S.A. in the cabin, he had to be checked in cargo. And so I was escorted of the plane like a terrorist, and spent a day and night in the capital of Senegal. All on Delta’s expense and it turned out to be a worth while stop over. Unfortunately, when I arrived in S.A. Cole was now manifested as coming from Dakar instead of Los Angeles, and they wanted to quarantine him. That is when I lost it, needles to say I left the airport with him in my arms, no quarantine. I was to put it bluntly one very peed off woman by then. My welcome home in Somerset West was wonderful, and my lovely mother nursed me back to health, for I picked up a bug on board, and was sick in bed for a few days, dead tired and jet lagged. Anyway, with all the unpleasantness behind me now, I love being home (Image of the Strand 10 minutes from my mother’s place) an endless stretch of beach where I walk every morning with Cole.

Somerset West Image: Noleen Kutash ©

My photography course was a major success, but boy… oh boy… it was not for sissies we worked from 5am till 10pm non stop for 5 full days. The location was called the Heaven & Earth Valley
OUTSIDE HERMANUS IMAGE NOLEEN KUATSH ©


just outside Hermanus a popular holiday resort famed for Whale watching. We took a boat trip especial to capture images of this amazing sea creatures and were not disappointed.  They came right up alongside the boat there were several of them and gave us a spectacular show including this lovely smile.

WALE IMAGE: NOLEEN KUTASH ©

The lead photographers were amazing. There were 20 of us on the course, professional and amateur photographers who came from across the county to better their skills. I met folks from all over and have invitations to go study with many of them across the country. Needless to say I was the least experienced photographer amongst everyone but left having accomplished my goal, and that was, I’ll never use the automatic function on my camera again. I am joining Helderberg Photographic Society in Somerset West, (see image of Strand near SW below)

EARLY MORNING SOMERSET WEST IMAGE NOLEEN KUTASH ©

and a few people from the course are also club members there and apparently it’s one of the best, if not, the best club in the Western Cape. At the end of my course my dearest and oldest friend Elzette, whom I have known since we were both 11 years old, fetched me for she only lives 10 minutes away in a place called Onrus and I stayed with her for 4 nights. She has a magnificent home right on the Indian Ocean, were I had my own quarters upstairs, 2 bedrooms, and bathroom, kitchen, dining and living room with terraces leading out with 180 degree ocean views. See my first attempt at a “High Definition” image taken from my living room at Elzette’s home just before sunrise.

EARLY MORNING ONRUS RIVER IMAGE NOLEEN KUTASH ©

I’m loving it here it’s wonderful to be home. My next “Letter From Africa”, Nr. 2 will follow soon. Until then I wish you well. Love NK