Water lilies

I don’t care what anyone says about the 2010 world cup and the stadium that we can’t pay for, the building of it resulted in positive changes in the surrounding area. Sorry for the clubs that were forced to abandon their run-down clubhouses and unkempt grounds but the new Green Point Park is simply fabulous.

There’s space for everyone – large lawns for games like touch rugby and cricket, an amphitheatre, a playground exclusively for kids under 3 years old – complete with party table nooks, and adventure playground, shaded picnic tables, an open-air gym, a unusual sundial, and the biodiversity garden showing the plants used by the KhoiSan for food and medicinal purposes, all with informative info boards.

The original lake that was filled in over 100 years ago has been recreated – water forms a large part of the park with many fun features. The stadium makes an unusual backdrop for a park that belongs to all who want to use it, and Cape Town could do with more creative spaces like that where everyone is comfortable and welcome.

It’s dog friendly, except for the inner paths of the eco-garden, and there are 2 entrances: one opposite the Virgin Active gym and the other on Bay Road in Mouille Point. It’s open every day and it’s free.

I have many photos taken on various visits from the very beginning when most of the plants were still in their black bags but this one of the water lilies taken a few months ago is one of my favourites.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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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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