The not so Blood Blue Supermoon

The rare phenomenon last seen in 1866 was visible predominantly in the northern hemisphere on Wednesday night.  By the time we went into night in Cape Town, the alignment needed for the triple lunar effect* to be experienced had passed, but it was still amazing to witness the big bold orb in the sky.



* A super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon coinciding.


Back to the Lighthouse (again)

Slangkop Lighthouse is like a colossal magnet the way it keeps pulling me back to try and capture the perfect shot.  I should have waited until there were dramatic clouds and a blazing autumn sky to photograph, but this iconic landscape still gives me something different every time I drive there at sunset.


Into the Sun

Autumn sunset off Kommetjie.  I caught the ship sailing into the glowing orb as it was about to dip below the horizon.


Water Bottle Wars

My back garden is like a war zone at the moment. The horrible drought that has taken a grip on Cape Town has forced more and more wild birds to leave their mountainside habitat and look for water in domestic gardens. Lately I’ve had species of sunbird I don’t normally get to see in my garden coming to feed and the squabbles and antics are fascinating to witness.

Dry and hot weather results in quite a few scraps among the different species.  Most of the time it’s like watching kids in a playground as they fight for a spot at the spout.

Although sometimes different species do  get along and it’s quite a civil affair.

There are more take offs and landings in my garden than at Heathrow at the moment 🙂

And then there are the domestic disputes. Or maybe it was a mating ritual. Either way I photographed their interaction for 10 minutes. In heat of 32 degrees C !!

As for the ubiquitous and gutsy Cape White Eyes, there’s often a tag team to take on the competition – although squabbles amongst themselves are equally common 🙂

Then there are the playground bullies who scare everyone else away.  Male weaver birds are notorious thugs.

And the shy guys.  Cape Bulbuls are regular visitors but are always on high alert while the other species are uber bold by comparison.


Fishing by (Super)Moonlight


Fishing in the moonlight from the harbour wall – Kalk Bay.  The supermoon glowed in the night sky above.


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).



On Golden Pond

Sunrise over the Kleinmond Lagoon where the only other creature awake at such a daft hour besides me and the seagulls was a lone coot.

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Boardwalk Sunrise

Dawn breaking over the Kleinmond Lagoon – Overberg, Western Cape.

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Fire in the Sky

Sunset from Clarence Drive, Betty’s Bay.