World Penguin Day

I think I’m losing my sense of humour and today was not a great day but since it’s World Penguin Day here are some photos of the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. They haven’t always been there – in the 80’s some school children found a few eggs, showed them to their teacher who, thank goodness, realised this was a great find.  The rest is history.

These guys are world famous.  No Cape Peninsula tour is complete with a visit to the colony – and the tourists love it. Some days in peak season it actually gets a bit too crowded. No-one knows exactly why these endangered penguins chose this area but the large boulders after which the beach is named provide them with shelter and they love making nests in the bushes that surround the beach.

I didn’t realise it was Penguin Day until late this afternoon – if I had I would have gone to spend some time with them. They’re so cute they might have lifted my mood.

7 penguin

2 penguin

3 penguin

4 penguin

6 penguin

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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