Friday, December 13, 2013

A room with a view.

The LRC Library is on the 16th floor of the Bram Fischer building. My desk is tucked in beside a window. As a result I have a spectacular city view. I also have amazing views of incoming storms as well. The sky goes from bright blue to grey with terrifying lightning patterns, monsoon rains, and hail in just minutes. 

I went up on the 17th floor to take some photographs because it was such a gorgeous day; or at least until 3:45 in the afternoon. As you can see, Jo'burg sprawls out. The city's official population is around 4.4 million. It is likely higher due to the homeless and all the illegal housing in abandoned buildings. 

Candle burns for Mandela

The hills in the distance are actually mine dumps which are causing many environmental issues.

These last two photographs are for my father, and the handful of other cigarette smokers I know. This is the building's 17th floor smoking lounge. Not to shabby, I might consider taking up smoking if I had this idyllic spot. 

Smoking Lounge: sit, smoke, and take in the views!