Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Blog |

2013, unlike 2011 and 2012, didn’t involve any overseas travels, but it doesn’t mean that regular life wasn’t filled with beautiful scenery and unexpected moments. And thanks to my eventual acquisition of a decent smartphone, I now reveled in the joy of always having a camera with me. I joined Instagram in late 2012 (follow me at missmouissie if you wish) and have shared some snippets of my life on this platform. These blogs are a salute to my favourite scenes snapped with my phone … and proof that day to day life can be extraordinary.

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On the way to my first Platteland cover shoot – the quarterly magazine I design – I passed through the town of Paarl and captured the iconic church.

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There is a building site next to the station closest to my flat and one morning on my walk past it, I noticed this worn red velvet couch that had seemingly appeared overnight. Just as well I took this then and there, for it was gone the next day.

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On the night when we were going to (ironically) watch the stage production of Sunset Boulevard, I joined some people on Clifton beach for the sunset. It didn’t disappoint … and my friend Kyle did an excellent job capturing my illuminated jump. It also got feautured on the #amazingcapetown group.

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I love sneaking glances at the ocean whenever I drive along the coast – something I have done much less since moving out of Fish Hoek. The division in the sky reflected so beautifully on the sea this day, so I pulled over on Boyes Drive and took this one.

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On the road to Darling (and ultimately Lambert’s Bay or Yzerfontein … I forget). Road lined with trees. Pretty.

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At the harbour at Yzerfontein. And Steve didn’t even have to chase this one. Moment caught.

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Seapoint pools reflecting the sunset on the evening of our Media24 staff party.

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For our second Platteland cover shoot, I drove up the N7 to the little town of Koringberg. On the drive home I was blessed with the most unbelievable sunset sky and nature silhouettes.

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Just pretty clouds really.

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Another Yzerfontein harbour jetty shot. I like the perspective and contrast of sizes.

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In December 2013, some friends and I hiked up Table Mountain via the more exciting India Venster route. There are plenty of great view spots on the way up. Thanks to Louise for taking this one.

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Yzerfontein harbour. I had to wait for the boat to get into the right spot …

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The joy of freelance is that sometimes you can go to the beach on a perfect Tuesday morning with your holidaying friends. This was taken in Simon’s Town on one of those wonderful days where the Cape looks like the Seychelles. Bliss.

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In the last few days of 2013, my parents, some friends and I hiked the Amathole – a 6 day 100km trek through some of the most beautiful parts of the Eastern Cape. This bath with a view can be seen at the Hogsback packpackers ‘Away with the Fairies’. And yes, the taps work.

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