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

Cat

I went to Simonstown today and strolled through the streets looking at all the shops, historic buildings, museums, warships we don’t need and sailors of course. I casually strolled into the grounds of Admiralty House and looked around the lovely immaculate garden with its little rounded balcony overlooking a large lawn that was clearly created for croquet games back in the day. I didn’t linger too long since this is private property, being the home of the Chief of the SA Navy, but I would have liked a peek inside because there’s a ghost there.

I schmoozed the ladies in the Tourist Office and the surly girls at Boulders (blimey, Sanparks needs to up their game in terms of smiles and friendliness).  I bought a divine pistachio ice cream and ate it on Jubilee Square, chatting with the bored sellers of over-priced curios.

Of course I took masses of photos – some of the buildings are really lovely with their Victorian façades. It was a glorious sunny day and actually quite hot for a winter’s day but that’s Cape Town for you.

I couldn’t wait to see my photos when I got home but lo and behold 99% of them are damaged. It’s either my camera or the memory card or my computer, I’ll have fun trying to figure it out. Not.

This is one of the few that survived. I almost missed these steps between two buildings. It’s all in the shade except for a couple of steps and there was this cute small cat sitting in the little bit of sun there was. The colours of the stones are amazing – you don’t see that in modern construction.

Disclaimer

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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