Last minute QP

I’ve been busy doing jobs and having fun today. Jobs included putting up a shelf, fun included some 10-pin bowling.

I almost forgot to blog.

Here’s Cape Town Harbour Breakwater Light Tower. The Starboard one.

I think that the weird sea wall with its angle-cut semi-circular wave defences catching the summer sun lends itself to a bit of monochrome. Cliché? Ja… ok, maybe a bit, but it’s just so nice and simple.

And it fills an otherwise empty gap on here.

About to braai…

…but wouldn’t want to miss out on sharing a few pictures from this morning at the Waterfront. It was a visit prompted by half the family volunteering at the Woof Project (including Puppy Duty):

The place wasn’t as busy as you might think and so we had a wander, had a drink or two, had a very nice burger or three, and took a few photos.

If I remember (you can remind me if you want), I want to try something a bit different with one of the pics. But right now, there’s a pile of Kameeldoring turning into beautiful coals, and a nice cold Black Label both awaiting my immediate attention outside.

Protea Square

Not the one in… [checks Google Maps]… Port Elizabeth. No, a square protea, taken a couple of days ago on a visit to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.

This one:

Biological near symmetry and perfection.

I also have a weird panorama from the trip that went horribly wrong in processing but came out “interesting”. I might share that another time though.

Wildlife photos

After our visit last week, I think we’d all thoroughly recommend a visit to the Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA. Their tours run morning and evening, and our guide – Eugene – was friendly, informative and chatty.

There are wild (but managed) populations of Eland, Black Wildebees and Cape Buffalo on the reserve, plus loads of other stuff – mongoose, springbok, a lot of birdlife – to see, and it’s just a nice few hours in nature.
When the rest of the world goes tits up in nuclear apocalypse, it’s nice to know that this will be one of the last places to succumb.

The experience was more about enjoying the moment than getting the perfect shot, but there’s time enough for everything and so here are a few photos from our morning.

Sky Spiders

We really enjoyed the New Year fireworks on Struisbaai beach. There are some fun sponges out there who would like to see a complete ban (and sadly, it seems that they’re getting their way bit by bit), but such is the draw of this 2 hour free-for-all, I’m hopeful that the Struisbaai display may yet live to see in several more New Years.

I accept that there are dangers. The Suiderstrand fire seems likely to have been lit by a braai though, so are you going to try and ban them too? This annual festival is approved by the relevant Fire Services, who would much rather have all the fireworks in one place where they can monitor them and step in if needs be, than all over the Southern Tip.

“Outlaw people using distress flares!”, “Prevent another Betty’s Bay from happening!!” cry the outraged masses, conveniently forgetting that the Betty’s Bay fire  – terrible though it was – was… er… actually started by someone launching a distress flare illegally.

This is SA. The law doesn’t stop people.

And so concentrating them all together right next to a fire engine actually seems like a very good idea.

I’ll sort some photos when I have some more time and inclination, but this one summed up the evening for at least one of the kids.

On the left, an exploding rocket- and then the eight stages of its disintegration in the south east wind. From sharp, defined edges, bones and legs, through to the barely recognisable, diffuse remains on the right.

A quick scan suggests that there are a lot of (handheld, nighttime) fireworks shots on the camera, of which at least one or two are probably worth sharing. But like I said: still in holiday mode here.

Deal with it. 🙂