Heron nature trail in the Vrolijkheid reserve:
Vrolijkheid nature reserve is situated between Robertson and McGregor in the Cape. The reserve is close to the little quaint town of McGregor and has two main trails and dams.
- We did the Heron Trail. Erected along the trail are placards giving descriptions of plants and wildlife. We saw many wild birds and even a tortoise from one of the bird hides.
- The Rooikat trail is much longer. At the beginning of the trail there is a stone wall (built between two farms over a hundred years ago). Along the trail you will come across Klipspringer Gorge and later perhaps you will see baboons in the hills.
The Photo: I took many photos and this photo and demo is of the shrubs on the way to the first dam. I thought the dark bush silhouetted against the blue of the surrounding mountains beautiful. This particular scene captures Karoo-like shrub, which I thought quite appealing.
The demo: The photograph looks somewhat dark, so I reduce the amount of shrubs and lightened the ground area to give the scene some contrast. The photo is rather cool in nature, so I incorporated a little warmth to give it a little more emotional impact. If the painting (A5) is viewed from a distance the undergrowth doesn’t look so spotty because I reduced detail wherever possible.
South Africa is a beautiful country. So many lovely places off the beaten track to visit.