Bluett. 2017.

My mother is a big fan of butterflies. In fact, she adores all sort of insects and creepy crawlies. She’s a bit unusual for a mother, actually, but through her various interests in nature and life, I had come to learn to be curious about many things too.

Upon my first visit to Robberg Nature Reserve in September 2017, I fell in love with the place. The experience of hiking it with my son stayed with me, and probably will stay with me forever. It is truly one of the most beautiful places on this earth. It has everything: rich flora, goliath rock formations and sheer cliffs, the ocean, lapping away at rocky and sandy beaches; it even has a dune. It also has this view over the bay on Plettenberg Bay’s side toward the Nature’s Valley area, which, upon this specific day, happened to look like this.

Out of breath from the hike and carrying a heavy backpack filled with camera equipment, I took this picture, in awe of my surroundings. It is completely and utterly different to the landscape, really, in that it is surreal, abstract, and doesn’t contain a single spot of green – of which there is such an abundance in this lush verdant place.

It reminded me of those pictures we made as kids, where you paint the one side and fold the paper over to make a sort of a “butterfly” effect.