A walk in Cape Town

Today I went for a walk through the city in Cape Town, and although the weather was cold and wet, the feeling in the city was the same.

Walking down one of the pedestrian only streets in the city, under the leafless trees of winter
Various generations of buildings in the Cape Town CBD.
Friends walking through the city towards Green market square
A reminder of the past. Two benches sit outside the enterance of the High Court Civil Annex in Cape Town. One says ‘Whites only’, the other ‘Non whites only’. A interpretive display showing the past we have come from, and a reminder to never allow this country to return to such times.
Walking up past the Company Gardens, Cape Town.
Friends chat as they wait to cross the road

Till next time, chase the light.

Last fall, fog and rain

Took a short walk down the Alphen trail in Cape Town, South Africa, well, at least until the rain caught up. Only one image to show.

Olympus OM-D E-M10mk2, Panasonic 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 (f14 @ 30mm 1/50 ISO200)

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Fynbos, fire and rebirth

The fynbos plant kingdom is the smallest of this planets 6 plant kingdoms, and is endemic to the Western Cape province of South Africa. This is a fire driven ecosystem, requiring fires at varying frequency from every 5 years up to every 30 years. In a natural environment, most fires are caused by lightning strikes, but in the modern human intervention environment they tend to occur far more frequently then is ideal. In the Table Mountain National Park there are areas that burn every year, usually caused by cigarettes thrown from passing cars.

But, from these burned areas, new life erupts. Today we visited one such area, burned just over six months ago. New life abounds.

Father’s day.

The best place to spend father’s day is on the beach in Cape Town with my wife and daughter. Even if it’s a bit cold.

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)