Langebaan lagoon

I’ve taken a variety of photos of this old house over the years but this is one of my favourites. The ruins of this one-roomed house are on top of a large rock overlooking the Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park and is the perfect spot for stunning panoramic views  over the lagoon.  I forget the story of the original purpose of this house but its location means it must have been some sort of look-out. It’s very exposed so it can’t have been pleasant to live there during inclement weather but what a delight on a good day.

The lagoon is renowned for its bird life and spectacular annual spring flower show, and is also home to Eve’s footprint – a fossilised set of female prints found in 1995 and estimated to be over 100,000 years old which makes the owner one of the earliest modern human – that’s old!!

This photo of my son Paul (on the right) and his friends Natasha and Pierre was taken after we had spent a fabulous day at Kraalbaai where the houseboats are located. It was mid-summer, very hot and wind-free; we had a picnic and swam all day and played like children in the sand. For once the beach wasn’t over-crowded and we were even visited by a mouse, several little birds and some pangolin who came very close to us to see what left-overs they could scrounge. Pierre and Natasha were on their first visit to Cape Town and even though they toured quite a lot around the region they both said this was one of the best days they had in the 3 months they spent in Cape Town.

City from Signall Hill

I needed photos of specific city scenes  for my website and my friend Caroline, who takes good photos, agreed to help me. She bossily told me to meet her in the city centre at 05:30. I was horrified at the idea of being awake so early, let alone 20 km from home, but I didn’t argue. When we met up it was still dark so we could have spent another 30 minutes in bed, or drinking coffee.

Undeterred, we went up to Tafelberg Road and watched the sun come up and took about 200 photos of Table Mountain as the sun lit it up one rock at a time. Not one of those photos satisfied us but we felt very self-righteous about being there so early in the day. We then went to Signal Hill and took a few hundred more. This is one of my favourites but I don’t believe it’s a great shot. The sun was fighting to shine through a few straggly grey clouds and we were very grateful that we had the road to ourselves at that early time of day because it allowed us to stop in places one would not normally be able to do safely.

After this we went and had a big breakfast before continuing with our photographic day which took us all the way down the peninsula. Between the 2 of us we must have taken about 600 photographs of which we liked about 20, max. Halleluja for digital!

Red locust

Hiking with friends today near Kommetjie we came across this large red locust who was quite content to allow us to take many photos.

This is the first entry of a blog some of my friends have been telling me to do for ages.  I don’t rate my photographic skills very highly but their comments have gone to my head so here goes.

The aim is to post a single photo each day, taken either somewhere in the city where I live:  Cape Town, or in the surrounding region  of  the Western Cape.  Once I figure out how to do it I’ll add a map of the region. Photos will not be photoshopped, but cropping and straightening might occur.

This is a very beautiful part of the world so you can expect lots of photos of nature, from mountains and oceans to some very amazing and beautiful plants. I expect the human population and its activities to provide lots of material, too, because I share this place with some very weird and wonderful characters.


A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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