Early morning in the Mother City and despite being dubbed “The Most Beautiful City in the World”, like any other city, the plight of the homeless is even more apparent at daybreak.

Even with a background in journalism where I thought I’d pretty much seen it all, I still find this social ill hard to face.

Young children “bouncing” cigarettes for breakafast while the smell of bacon wafts across Greenmarket Square from the cafes and delis.  People with all their possessions in plastic bags and rucksacks wandering among the tourists.  These are just some of the scenes this slumbering city wakes up to.

The photos are black and white and underexposed on purpose.

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Flashback to Yesteryear


Apartheid benches outside the High Court in Cape Town’s Queen Victoria Street serve as a chilling reminder of a bygone era in South Africa’s history.

From 1950 to 1991 every South African was classified according to race and granted or denied citizenship rights on a sliding scale from ‘White’ (full rights) to ‘Bantu’ (fewest).


The Great Elephant Census

I’m not one to re-blog other people’s content, but the statistics in this post by fellow Tip of Africa blogger Liz from “Nature on the Edge” are mind-blowing and sickening.  It’s time we all did something about the plight and the future survival of these gentle giants before it’s too late!


It’s alarming to read the results of the Great Elephant Census (GEC) released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (UICN) in Hawaii on Friday (2nd September).  The report…

Source: The Great Elephant Census

The Waterfront at Night

With the iconic Table Mountain as a backdrop, the V & A Waterfront is a tourist magnet for Cape Town.img_6874

It’s also the perfect place to try out night photography with my new camera and I must confess I am absolutely hooked – on night photography that is.  The crowds at the V&A can be a little much in high season. Which in Cape Town is pretty much all year round :-)

Mist started rolling in as I was photographing the Clocktower and the canal, adding a lovely magical touch to the twilight.img_6892


Photographing the Cape Wheel and all the surrounding lights in the harbour proved more of a challenge than I imagined.  I’ll have to go back sometime to get it absolutely right.