In the Shadows
A shed/storage room behind around Balboa Park that caught my attention. I ended up walking right up to the fence and its a Canyon with about a 100-200 ft drop! Not sure what was the purpose of this shed then but ah well, great photography opportunity so I won’t complain. I decided to go with a monochrome version of this image.
The Hide Away Cafe
This place has to take the cake in terms of most bizarre location! Out of sight, the name is so appropriate 🙂 Initially I thought it was a storage location for someone but looking inside the windows there were pots & pans and it clearly looked like the place is open for business. I got there late afternoon so it was already closed by then.
Given the location, I got the feeling that it caters mostly to surfers considering how close it is to the beach and mostly locals in the Solana Beach area. Looked it up on google and the reviews tend to agree with my assessment 🙂
P.S. does anyone know why images look soft when shrunk to fit within the page? If you click on the actual image its a lot sharper then when viewed with the blog entry! Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. 4/7/2011 Update –> I’m back to hosting my images on flickr, they just show up sharp here!!
Time to say Goodbye…
Sadly we received the news that High View Gardens in Johannesburg, South Africa will be closing down due to financial issues. I guess the current economic situation is truly a world phenomena, no one seems to be immune from it. My thoughts and concerns are all for the people that work there, they were not the most privileged of people yet they were hard working, polite, friendly and always going out of their way to make us feel comfortable. They really wanted us to leave with a positive impression of South Africa and that we definitely did 🙂
We spent roughly 2 weeks at High View Gardens while we were in Joburg attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It was a little gated community that was an escape from what the real city was like, the shacks took you to a different time & place in Africa, it surely didn’t feel or look like the metropolitan city that we experienced once we left the compound. There was also a little hill that we hiked up every know and then that would overlook the whole city, which was quite a scene. What was really unique/odd about that climb is that during certain times of the day some of the locals would go to the same hill top and pray or have some kind of religious ceremony, it really was quite a thing to experience, I wanted to take images of that but I felt I should show more respect for what was going on so I opted not to do so.
Thank you for the memories and a most sincere well wishes to the staff that worked there. Here is another image of one of the huts there, I’ll post more images in future entries.