The day it rained waterfalls


This really is my photo of the day.

I’d heard it would rain today but the intensity of it took me by surprise. Within a couple of hours the garden was flooded, roads were flooded, blocked drains overflowed, cars broke down and the usual ‘first-rain-of-the-season-cape-town-idiots-driving’, and everyone was moaning big time.  The closer you were to the Table Mountain range the more it rained. I know it’s the end of summer but this is very early, these storms are for May and August, not April. April is supposed to be Still Fairly Nice.

Anyhow, after being very grumpy about my car aquaplaning through a flooded road with the water coming up to the top of the wheels and subsequently sopping wet inside (again!), I had to listen to people raving about the many beautiful waterfalls cascading down Table Mountain. The sun was coming out and the light was glistening on the water and it was soooo lovely… blah blah blah.. I’m surprised the ravers weren’t crashing their cars from being distracted by the waterfalls and using their phones to call the radio or tweet about it.

So off I went to my meeting at Kirstenbosch and ‘lo and behold, the mountain above Kirstenbosch had … waterfalls! I stopped and took a few pics. It’s too far away for my phone camera to do it great justice but here’s the biggest one.

The curator of Kirstenbosch told us that today they measured 272 mm of rain compared to the average of 111 mm, so don’t tell me this rain is normal for this time of year.

As I said, it really is the photo of the day because I posted it on Twitter, and my personal Facebook as well as the company FB page.  So it’s gone totally viral*.

And now it’s pouring again. I don’t know how the dog keeps it in, she’s hardly been outside today.

Oh, and I won 2 bottles of wine in the meeting raffle. I’ll review it tomorrow.

*not really

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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