The Wonder of it All

The road through Death Valley, USA

Last night was magical. Many of the residents of Pierre van Ryneveldt Park in Centurion lined the streets, gathered in knots around sizzling braais. Without a whisper of wind, we ran two laps through the streets beneath a star impregnated sky.

What more could one want from life?

Main picture: The road through Death Valley, USA

At one with the world, I floated along the 10 kms as if on feet of springs, enraptured and immersed in this fairy tale world.

This is the essence of running at its best.

A bridge over a frozen river

A bridge over a frozen river

Even being misdirected in my stupor and having to run an additional kilometre, was insufficient to break the spell.

A view of Mount Everest from a plane

A view of Mount Everest from a plane

For me these photos encapsulate that magic.

Please share them with your friends.

And put some star dust into their lives too.

The bay in the resort of Novyi Svet, Crimea

The bay in the resort of Novyi Svet, Crimea

The astoundingly reflective water of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The astoundingly reflective water of Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

An incredibly beautiful drawing made using only coloured pencils

An incredibly beautiful drawing made using only coloured pencils

One of the most unusual breeds of dogs the Tibetan Mastiff

One of the most unusual breeds of dogs the Tibetan Mastiff

The white cliffs of Iturup island, Russia

The white cliffs of Iturup island, Russia

Factory chimneys

Factory chimneys

Moon light reflected off some mountains

Moon light reflected off some mountains

A parking lot roof made of 1,500 plastic bottles, USA

A parking lot roof made of 1,500 plastic bottles, USA

The path of death (height 2,130 metres), China

The path of death (height 2,130 metres), China

A bridge made from tree roots, Indonesia

A bridge made from tree roots, Indonesia

A sculpture made entirely from plastic bottles on one of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro

A sculpture made entirely from plastic bottles on one of the beaches of Rio de Janeiro

A design for a glass swimming pool suspended between two buildings in London

A design for a glass swimming pool suspended between two buildings in London

A drawing created with the help of straight lines

A drawing created with the help of straight lines

A thousand-year-old oak tree with a chapel inside, France

A thousand-year-old oak tree with a chapel inside, France

The shadow of an air liner penetrates a layer of fog, Logan Airport, Boston

The shadow of an air liner penetrates a layer of fog, Logan Airport, Boston

The cleanest water in the world, Melissani Lake, Greece

The cleanest water in the world, Melissani Lake, Greece

The glass trail of terror (height 1,430 metres), China

The glass trail of terror (height 1,430 metres), China

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Dean, I’m pleased you had a magical night at Pierre van Ryneveldt Park in Centurion. Beautiful & interesting Photo’s you have posted as well. I must admit though that I’m puzzled as to what relevance they have to your post re- Pierre van Ryneveldt Park in Centurion.
    Being a keen photographer myself, I would love to know who took the photographs but none of them have a credit or signature water mark to indicate who they belong too. I think that if I had taken them and other people were using them to promote there own site without giving me credit I would not be happy about it. I think your post would come across better with photos of the event, either by yourself, friends or a proffessional photographer. I love to read your posts and do recommend to friends as well, Thank you. Best Regards Tony

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    • Hi Tony, Thanks for the comment. I really do not know who the photographer of these photos was as I received it on an email from a friend. I needed some photos to illustrate the “magic” that I felt and these fitted the bill. Very few runners run with cameras & furthermore this event was at night. I have only carried a camera a few times on a run but then it was with the express intention of writing an article on it. Twice I have taken a camera when running through black townships & my latest one a few months ago was when I ran 10kms through Soweto where I wanted to capture its incongruities and vibrancy. The other time was when John Mostert and I ran a 52km mountain race in the snows of the Drakensberg Mountain some 20 years ago.
      Regards
      Dean

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