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).

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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 ( wil­ 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 ( lesothoul­tra­ 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.

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