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Barrydale 2015

I was visiting an old retreat in Barrydale, Western Cape before the farm was sold. This beautiful space is hopefully still a gem valley, put to good use. I would love to visit again. On this particular outing, however – I got bitten by a snake!

I was warned not to go under the trees as it is snake season and they tend to hang about – I still thought it well to go adventuring down the river, of course. By myself, no path, only the wild green jungle. I reached a spot down the river that I could not continue and decided to retrace my steps. Big mistake, up and down the overgrown river bank, up where the willow tree had a bee nest inside, so running quickly from where I saw the nest coming around the first time, I feel a sudden VERY painful sting on my calve. Assuming the bee’s got me, I continued the way I came. Walking a few steps, I pull up my jeans, because the spot feels wrong. Two more steps, pull my jeans down because it’s very wrong. Another step and I jump behind a bush pull my jeans down completely and inspect the sore spot on the back of my leg – and surprise-surprise, two linear fang marks can be seen clearly.

Slight panic, I was treated by the owners of the retreat, complete homeopathic treatment for snake bites.

The day thereafter I got home and went to my local GP. Because I had not seen the snake we could not know how to treat for the venom. So it was a “wait and see what happens” situation. Luckily nothing happened, and I dubbed myself a survivor, and now: SEMI VENOM!

Good times.

The lovely lady you will see in some images is the gorgeous Christy-Bell Snyman. Thank you to Yolandi Albertyn for taking me to the once owned lovely retreat, with Wiehan Greef and Susan Greef.

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I have been a professional photographer for years now. Although I love the gloss and glamour from nightclub photography, my favourite shoot is definitely still a wedding. All the love, beauty and effort that goes into such extraordinary day. To capture it, to experience it. My passion, acknowledge yours and we work together, perfectly.

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