BEHIND THE SCENES
When photographer Lawrette McFarlane isn’t chasing the perfect shot, she likes to run marathons in the mountains. She took the photos for this month’s N3 guide (page 42).
The biggest challenge of this assignment? Writer Annemarie van der Walt and I drove the N3 in sections, while also doing a story about accommodation options in the Drakensberg (see go! #148). It took a fair bit of planning to fit it all in. I had no control over the time of day we reached a particular farm stall or restaurant so I had to make the best of the situation when the light was too harsh in the middle of the day. I often had to look for an unusual angle or interesting detail. The photo from the bathrooms at Blueberry Café is a good example – it’s not every day you take a photo from a public restroom! Your favourite spot close to the N3? Peel’s Honey in Howick – they sell delicious, locally made peanut butter (R75). I could easily polish off a whole 830 g jar in a week! You’re a keen runner… Yes! I like to squeeze in a run while on assignment, but photography takes priority in the early morning and evening, and then it’s usually time to pack up and go again. That said, I did manage a 10 km loop in Lotheni Nature Reserve one afternoon… Your favourite destination? There are many, but the Wild Coast stands out. A few years ago I ran from Kei Mouth to Hole-in-the-Wall – about 120 km over three days ( wildrun.com). I saw places you can only reach on foot and the landscape was incredible. Next on your bucket list? A running weekend in Lesotho. The Lesotho Ultra Trail ( lesothoultratrail.com) stretches over 50 km in the mountains around Maliba Lodge in the north of the country. I also want to see the spring flowers next year – it’s high time I saw Namaqualand in all its glory.