Every image a photographer captures has an associated memory or story behind it, this is certainly true in my case. Be it the associated technical aspects, the circumstances, the tangible, the resultant memory created, or just the mood embraced.
This image was captured on the 5th of August 2016 at a lookout point just before entering Olifants Camp in the Kruger National Park SA. Parked and enjoying sundowners with friends, the sun setting in the west away to our right and casting golden light on the scene below, the Olifants river. The autumn shades distinctly glowing and adding serenity to the surrounding bushveld.
I have chosen it as my header image for this site, for as long as it remains relevant and there is a very good reason for this. Two occupants with us on that day are no longer with us, father and son tragically lost their lives in a motor vehicle accident 44 days later. The family still reeling from the loss of a son and brother a mere four and a half months prior. The latest loss for us as friends can never measure up to those of the close family left behind, all of us clutching for some form of sanity.
God has a plan…. we firmly believe this, in my own emotional struggle with why…. why both? various conversations with family and friends, yes casting my eyes to the heavens included. With peace in my heart it became clear, as harsh as it may sound… the truth, one without the other would never have worked. Inseparable they were, one would not have survived without the other….. Team Leader and Wing-man forever, never shadowing one another but next to each other, lovingly in support.
Suzette as wife and mother may this image always serve as a reminder of two incredible characters with exuberance of life abounding, your influence on forging, guiding and supporting their lives an affirmation of true integrity. A tear will be shed every now and then…. at sunset, reminded of their legacy embedded in society, friends and family. Werner as brother and son never underestimate your role, past, present and into the future. Calculated, supportive, loving and now wisdom all come to mind.
Thank you heavenly Father…. Thank you, for the time their lives were on loan to us.
That’s How It Is In My Heart
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” ~Muhammad Ali