Weekly Photo Challenge: The colours of the rainbow..

Colour defines Africa. Across the world, people assume it’s a  Black/White thing, with colonialism and politics dominating the conversation at the mention of Africa’s hues. But over here, we revel in the true colours of the continent and it’s cultures.

There are the red Himba people, proud traditionalists and fiercely independent. Red ochre, herbs and fat help to enhance the natural beauty of the women.


And yes, there are green forests – plenty of them. The most beautiful green in the whole wide world, however, is found next to unexpected little streams in the desert.
breekyster 2010 140aBlue is for the sky. No Telephone poles, no power lines, no sign of man’s invasion. Africa’s blue heaven is a statement of her unblemished purity – a haven of peace when you leave the cities and the townships behind.


It’s not that man doesn’t add colour to the environment. In the remote bush pubs tourists and lorry drivers leave mementos to spice up the scene.

IMG_3001Yet. nothing beats the colours of a real rainbow, like this permanent one at Victoria Falls. The symbolism is there for all to see: despite the raging torrent, the cascade and the noise, the rainbow hovers quietly to assure us that beauty can be found if you view anything from the right angle.


18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The colours of the rainbow..

  1. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    “If you view everything from the right angle” well said. That’s just how it is supposed to be! Is the bar photo the famous bar in your stories? The rainbow is perfect! ( as ek sulke mooi fotos sien verlang ek somme baie na my tuisland!)

    1. Amos van der Merwe Post author

      Thank you! No, that bar is in Luderitz, at a place called Asterix (!). One of those places with no barman – you drink what you want and leave the money next to the till. (really!).

      1. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

        Sounds like here in NZ. People put fruit or vegetables also fire wood outside the gate with a small basket to put the money in. We also fill up your own car with petrol, go inside the shop and pay. Nobody drives off without paying!

  2. Searching For Ironman

    Just beautiful. I miss the colour that is such an integral part of South Africa. I love the cover photo as well – gemsbok set against a Kalahari dune? I’ve only just stumbled across your blog and will definitely visit again.

  3. angshumandutta22

    “What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” The last pic is exquisite.


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