Chasing the sun in Karkloof

This weekend, I woke up bright and early to catch the sunrise in Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal. I cant ย quite say that I’ve ever really been a morning person, but it seems that ‘these’ days, I find the early mornings most exciting. The moment that great big orange sun steadily rises above the horizon, presenting us with a new day and soft yellow light that touches everything in her sight.

Walk to walk

I dont know Karkloof very well and so it was literally a case of (yet again) grabbing a coffee and a couple of apples and setting out on the road with no plan and with a vague direction in mind. I had 1 hour to kill before I needed to be somewhere and so I was out chasing the sun, rumbling down dusty farm roads in search of a view with a spectacular sunrise. I missed the sunrise though; with thin shards of orange light penetrating the thicket of eucalyptus trees as I sped passed, hoping for an opening. It came soon after and although I missed the sun’s opening act, I was treated to a countryside bathed in yellow light with swirls of Jupiter-like mist and patterns.

I didn’t catch the sunrise this time, but now I know where to start next time!

Misty morningii

“My heart is at ease knowing that what was meant for me will never miss me, and that what misses me was never meant for me.” – Imam Shafi’ee


“Those who contemplate the beauty of earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts……..

There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carsen

Venus landscapes

Walk to work

Misty Morning ii

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.” – John Muir

Howick sunrise

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” – David Attenborough