Rivers, mushrooms and back to sunny skies

After a short reprieve from the drought gripping the Western Cape of South Africa, the rivers on Table Mountain are finally flowing again. 

Today’s venture was into Cecilia Forest. Although it cannot be called a forest anymore, with most of the pine plantations being cut down to allow the natural fynbos to return. In the ravines, there still remains remnants of the original mountain forests and it’s there where we find the small rivers flowing after the rain.

In those small pockets of remaining pines, various mushrooms can be found amongst the pine needles.

Till the next outing, chase the light.

Drought stricken forests, Newlands, Cape Town

A morning walk up the side of Table Mountain into Newlands Forest, just a day after some rain finally hit the drought stricken Cape Town. Our hope was that there would be some water in the small streams that flow through the forests, but the rivers were mostly dry, with very little water in those that did have. We’re down to the last dregs of the supply dams, desperate for the arrival of some winter rain.

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An old wall from the canal to the woodcutters shed.

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The mid section of the stream on Woodcutters path. No water in this section or above.

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Sentinels guard the river bed waiting for the rain.

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Felled pines lie forgotten by the cutters, but not by nature.

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Roots growing around and over rocks. The immovable become encased, trapped.

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Every which way one can go.

More New Zealand, a different view

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Paths through the forest. One of the best things about New Zealand’s North Island is the forests. One could spend a lifetime just exploring them. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f8 12mm 1/80 ISO3200) 

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La Rotisserie, the best roast duck I’ve ever had! Wellington, New Zealand

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Tangles in the forest. Kapiti Island off the North Island west coast. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 60mm 1/30 ISO3200)

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The Kūkupa (New Zealand wood pigeon), Kapiti island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f5.6 150mm 1/320 ISO800)

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Forest path along the Pohangina river, North Island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 13mm 15s ISO200)

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Water flows over the rivers rocks. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 36mm 3.2s ISO200)