About

This is me…

Down to earth South African girl!

Structural Engineer!

Living in Edmonton Canada since 2013!

Love to travel and photograph!

Blogging about everything – and nothing! Sharing snippets of my life and what I’m up to!

Visit my Etsy shop for some of my prints: TravellingLandscapes

Visit my Facebook Page for my latest venture into Lifestyle & Wedding Photography

153 thoughts on “About

  1. Elise Hahn Photography

    Hello! Thanks for stopping by and subscribing to my blog. : ) I agree, blogging is a great way to express both passions and frustrations – I hope it’s working for you! Keep up the wonderful work!

    All the best,
    Elise

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      1. Albert Verkes

        Thanx, for all your magnificent foto’s Xandre. Come to visit Australia for another beautiful country, and you can stay for free at my house in Melbourne while you and your husband travel Australia. ag man ,shame!!!:)

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  2. MMAndamon

    Hi Xandre. Thanks for viewing my blog and liking the Montmarte steps photos. I likewise look forward to viewing more of your photos. I also share your dream of going pro someday!🙂

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  3. austravelphotography

    Hi! Thanks for looking at my blog and liking my Exmouth photos. You have some great images. Maybe you can try your new found editing skills on a copy of the photo of your dog and repost? He is such a cutie!

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    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Hahaha!!! Thanks!!! I am definitely going to repost my dog pic with some editing in the near future!!!! Thank you for the kind compliment and for taking the time to browse around my blog!!!🙂 **

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  4. Anthony Epes

    Thanks for having a look at my post today. Much appreciated. Very much like the construction images you have up. all the best

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  5. Mike10613

    Hi Xandre,

    Thanks for visiting my blog, I checked out your photos; i like the before and after. I’ve just started trying Photoshop again but find it slow. I write blogs most days and think of myself as a writer more than a photographer. I have just entered a photographic contest though, my work gets exhibited if I win! I’m in England and so have different subjects to you.

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  6. orchid

    hi, just want to say thanks for liking my recent post..
    we have 3 things in common, profession (engineering), traveling and photography..
    nice to meet you🙂

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  7. indiegirl94

    Xandre, I love your name! Thankyou for liking my post, I really like your photography…and from one amateur photographer to another…keep up the great work.
    Happy Snapping! xx

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  8. fleishelja

    Hey thanks for checking out my blog! I’m also a twenty something, in Atlanta Georgia. I like your perspective on things with your camera. Aside from having an exceptional eye for composure, all of your photos have a wonderful feel to them. I’m looking forward to more of your posts!

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  9. John Matar

    When I saw “Everything and Nothing. Life.” I had to subscribe! This is exactly what I say all the time. Funny how I bumped into your blog. Keep up the writing. I enjoy reading your post and seeing your cool pics!

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      1. John Matar

        This makes me very happy! I hope in time I can share some of your work on my blog. You have a very inspirational soul. You capture the world in a way that the world should be seen. I cannot wait to see what the future of Everything and Nothing has to offer! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. PhotoPoetics™

    Xandré,

    I wrote this comment in response to the one you posted on my page then realized it might serve you better on your page🙂

    [ I’ve been writing for a long time.
    In my opinion, sometimes the “gift” of writing just needs to be polished with practice. You could surprise yourself. ]

    I hope you keep practicing🙂

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    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you Photopoetics!!! I will definitely try (although I’m at a serious loss of words at the moment – – – even non-poetic words!!😦 )… Thank you for the gesture😀 **

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  11. miltonjohns

    I’m very new to the blogging scene, but I have to say your pictures & humour are an inspiration to keep on improving. Keep up the great work. Really enjoying checking in every day now. John

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    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you so much John for this truly beautiful comment!!😀 I hope I can keep it up & that you keep enjoying my posts!! I’m new as well – but here to stay!! It’s a great experience – I am learning soooooooo much – as I believe you will too!!!😀 **

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  12. fotoeins

    Hi, Xandre.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for liking my post!

    I found your Flickr and added you immediately🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing more of your photography, and to reading more about you’ll be less frustrated, more confident about how your ideal world will become more of and seep into the real world. Cheers!

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    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you Henry!!! And thank you for adding me on Flickr! Your photography is gorgeous!!! And inspiring!! – – – I will definitely keep on shooting and keep all updated on my very infrequent travelling!!!😉 Thanks for the great wish & motivation, I appreciate it a lot!!!😀 **

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  13. johnstirlingphotography

    Hi Xandre – Thanks for the nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award! Still not completely sure about the purpose – will check it out! It is very pleasing and gratifying to receive after only a few blogs. It feels like being nominated for the Oscars! I only have three bloggers following my blog and one of those is you – so I will wait a while before doing the same thing! Be sure that you will be included, even if you have been nominated a couple of times already! Do so many nominations give you a free trip to Paris or somewhere? Ha! Ha! Thanks again, Xandre!

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  14. shanecostantino

    Thanks for visiting my blog. It’s interesting to see people from all over the world stopping in now and then. You’ve got some great pictures on your blog. I’ll definitely stop in some other time to check it out again. Have a good day!

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  15. Craig Brown

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    All the best in your future! You have some wonderful images! Keep at it and never lose faith!

    I will subscribe to your blog!

    Have a wonderful day!

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  16. J. A. Robinson

    Xandre,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a “Like.” I looked through some of your posts. You have an eye for beauty, design, and out-of-the-ordinary compositions. –John

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  17. Ahmedsnaps

    Hey !! Thanks for visiting my photoblog .. Its always good to hear from different around the world .. Nice pictures .. Will love to visit again .. I just started using this blog thing so don’t know a lot about it .. It completed my first post so DO check it out ..🙂 Ba bye !!

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  18. 1cruzdelsur

    You have a wonderful blog. It is possible to breathe the art of the photography.
    I am of a distant place, though I am in the south hemisphere. Yu I was a player of rugby and I love the class of game of the Springboks, my children practised rugby and often they were in your country.
    A pleasure in knowing You.
    Cruz del Sur
    Adiós

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  19. The Lazy Photographer

    Nice blog. You’re the first South African to comment on my blog, thanks. I can’t even wrap my head around South Africa, it’s sooo far away from me here in Toronto, Canada. Take care. Really like your portrait.

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  20. Ingrid van Amsterdam

    Hi Xandre,
    Thanks for liking my Window view🙂
    I had a look through your blog and love your photos! Keep at it and good luck with any future travels. I will add you to my blog roll just so I can have a peek every now and then😉
    Groetjes uit Nieuw Zeeland,
    Ingrid

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  21. publicany

    Hi xandre,

    thanks for liking my post. I just looked around your blog a little and I like it.
    Especially, the photo from London impressed me.
    I’m looking forward to see more!

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  22. catteee

    Thanks for liking my post! I look forward to reading more about your daily fun in Pretoria and abroad. Something you might be interested in is the 365 project – take a picture a day for a year. I just started yesterday – could be fun for you as you learn the ins and out of photography!

    Cat

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    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you very much!!! South Africa is goooooooood!!! Big & beautiful &… full of problems!!!! But hey, what country doesn’t have problems!!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!🙂 **

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  23. mickbuston

    Hey, thanks for stopping by. I am a practicing photographer and having looked at what you produce, I need a lot more practice.
    Good luck and keep doing what you’re doing.
    Mick

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    1. xandreverkes Post author

      Thank you so much!!! Oh, how I wish that I could do this professionally…. or get some or other experience to go somewhere with it!!! Thank you for stopping by!!!🙂 **

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  25. johnstirlingphotography

    Hi Xandre – This can get rather confusing because I am replying to your latest message to me – which I have replied to on the same post that you wrote on – but I was not sure you would follow up on it or not – because I am not sure if anyone reads the replies I add to comments left on my posts!!! Good grief!!! Anyway, you can pop over and read it if you wish! If you don’t then a Happy New Year to you and to ‘he who knows (oops ‘thinks’) he’s boss’! Glad you enjoyed your holiday and I think I have caught up with all of your posts that I missed! So now I will just have to wait patiently for your next ones to arrive! Hear from you soon!

    Cheers

    John

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  26. demetracattalk

    Thank you for stopping by on blog. And South Africa rocks (I’ve never been there), like your photos! Keep up the good work!

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  27. 3rdCultureChildren

    Hey there! thanks for coming by our travel photoblog and leaving your “like” on a recent post! Much appreciated! You’ve got a beautiful blog over here… love the layout!😮
    Please feel free to browse around, as you wish, I’m also an amateur, and passionate photographer, and so is the husband, imagine!

    Warm wishes for a successful year of 2012. Greetings from Brazil, from http://3rdculturechildren.com

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  28. T Hollis

    I have a sweet friend who is moving this Thursday, 2/2/12, to South Africa for an internship and then to finish her Bachelors Degree at a university in Pretoria. I am forwarding a link to your posts right now!

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    1. Xandré Verkes Post author

      Wow, that is a big step (I don’t know where you are from, but judging from your posts somewhere in America?)!!! I studied at the University of Pretoria (& still live in a 10km radius of it🙂 )!!! What is she going to study?🙂 **

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  29. jhishan

    love your blog, I wanted to pursue civil engineering for a time, but I lost interest after I interned at a firm and disliked it, maybe because the people were boring. Can you tell me what you like about the field? I’m in high school..

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    1. Xandré Verkes Post author

      Hahahahaha…. well, if the people bored you, then you definitely should not become an engineer (for engineers are the funniest people ever…. many with a super dry sense of humor – which I love!!!) What I love about civil engineering is the structures. That is the department that I’m in… I just love how concrete and steel work together & how I am the one determine the amount & design thereof!!!! It truly is a passion of mine!!!🙂 I hope you find your passion soon!!!!🙂 **

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  30. aalid

    Thanks for liking one of my posts – I thought Id have a look around, your blog is really interesting and has lots of beautiful images. My photography is way below amateur so I love looking at other peoples pictures and will definately be popping back.

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  31. shivani pandey

    Namaste from India….thanks for liking my post ….its so encouraging when you are just starting out….really like your pics ….would be visiting often….love to have your thought on future posts as well…take Care

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  32. Josh Ingram

    Hey! Thanks for reading and ‘liking’. I write from Medford, Oregon and believe me, there are plenty of things about American government I’d love to see change but until then, I’ll do my part and help where I can. And that’s what I seek to do with my blog.

    God bless you!

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  33. Ninali

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a look! I love your photos and very intrigued by your blog. I look forward to continuing to see what you come up with😀
    ~Ninali

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  34. johnstirlingphotography

    This is to inform you that you have been further nominated for the Liebster Award! The award is being made in the following post on my blog – ‘John’s Mega Award Ceremony’! The post will be published this afternoon (21-02-2012)! Congratulations on receiving this recognition and appreciation of you and your superb blog!

    Hey Xandre – Hope you don’t mind the ‘bounce back’ because I think your blog is magic and sometimes that needs more than just words! Sorry about the formality of this notification but I sometimes think a ‘touch’ of formality adds weight to an award!

    Cheers

    John

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    1. Xandré Verkes Post author

      I don’t mind the bounce back at all John!!! I am flattered by it actually!!! Thank you very much!!! I have started reading your post (‘Mega’ entertainment so far….😀 )… Can’t wait to get to the rest of it!!! Keep well…. looking forward to your next post…. been holding my breath for far too long now!!!😉 **

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  35. ahmad.alshammeri

    Hi Xandre..
    I enjoyed reading your blog. I wish you continue taking these awesome pictures you have.
    All the best,
    Ahmad

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  36. alxmen

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are doing a really nice job with yours. Like your photography. I am glad you do not let “travel frustration” take over!
    Best!

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  37. apgaignard

    Thank you for stopping by on my blog! It must be amazing to live in South Africa, I would love to go there one day! I was wondering how you came across my blog all the way from Pretoria? I really enjoyed scrolling through your blog 🙂

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    1. Xandré Verkes Post author

      Hi There!!! I love to browse topics… Yesterday I chose to browse Canada… & Ta-dum – – – – I stumbled across your blog!!! Thanks for stopping by mine as well!!!😉 **

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  38. kitcow

    Just finished reading some of your posts and I love every bit of it! You seem to have some awesome adventures. I also love your photography, you’ve got a great eye for color and light.
    Thanks for the great read,
    -Colin

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  39. anangelsshareblog

    Really enjoy what you’re doing and will look forward to following. Many kind thanks for doing the same! Let me know if you ever get to the States and particularly Tennessee! I am an old dog at photography and will be glad to share any tips I can. Best, Terry

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    1. Xandré Verkes Post author

      Thanks Lance – this looks very interesting!!! I’ll have a better look a bit later on!!! & thank you for the acknowledgment – & very nice compliment!!! I really appreciate it a lot!!🙂 **

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  41. JM

    You have some wonderful images posted here! Great captures! Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web and following my blog, I hope you continue to enjoy my photos. Thanks for sharing your work!

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  42. sillystyle

    Hi there!
    thanks for liking my post. Unfortunately ever since I moved to China I haven’t been able to log on as often as I would like to (so many sites are blocked here).
    But, thankfully I was able to log in and see your lovely blog. I’m also an amateur photographer who’s eager to learn all kinds of techniques from the more professional crowd😉 But I think you are doing a wonderful job😉 Congrats on your lovely blog😉

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  43. photographymemoirs

    Greetings from Australia Xandre,
    I really enjoyed reading through your biography, and ca sympathise with your view on politics. While working in the UK I met some lovely South Africans and have noticed that many are immigrating to Australia. Regarding your photography one word of advice”Photograph what you are passionate about, let your heart guide you and your soul manifest that which the mind sees”
    Take great care on your journey with photography .
    God bless

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    1. Xandré Verkes Post author

      Hi Konstantine

      Thank you for such kind and inspiring words!! It is true that sometimes one loses sight of what captures you… In a struggling world were people often conform, I strongly believe that one should always stay true to oneself!!! Words to remember…. Yes, I myself know quite a few people personally that have moved to Australia!!! We moved to Canada just two months ago…. Crazy adventure!!! Although, hoping to return to SA oneday!! (hopefully sooner rather than later!!!) Thank you for reading/looking at my blog – & returned the favour and will be a loyal follower of your blog!!! Just love your captures!! Keep well & God bless!!

      Kind Regards
      Xandré

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