Monday, December 31, 2012

You’ve just got to LOVE the Western Cape!

I realize that the year 2012 is basically done-and-dusted, and what a crazy year it's been! However, I simply have to share the following before the sun sets, otherwise I'm never going to get it done... Yeah, I know I'm bragging a bit - but besides reading and blogging, photography also happens to be one of my favourite pastimes.

The photographs shared on this page were taken during a recent, way too short, trip to the Western Cape.  Although the best time to visit this province is in the flower season between August and September, I prefer visiting the region when there are fewer tourists about.

Click on images for a larger view - (800 x 600 pixels).

Between Riebeeck-Kasteel and Moorreesburg
A wheat field between the rural towns, “Riebeeck-Kasteel” and “Moorreesburg” (R311). The region falls within the Swartland Local Municipality. Wheat has been grown here since 1752. Riebeek-Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa. During 1661 Commander Jan van Riebeeck initiated an inland discovery expedition under the leadership of Pieter Cruythoff. They set off in the direction of Paardeberg and on 3 February 1661 they ascended a lonely mountain and came upon the fertile vista of the Riebeek Valley. They named it Riebeek-Kasteel, in honour of the Commander. (Source)

A colourful roadside stall in Langebaan. The flag-display is heavily dependant on the wind ;-)

Marra Square and Castle Baron in Langebaan

Langebaan Main Beach
The windy conditions during December make Langebaan a popular place for kite surfing.

The graceful Cape Dutch farmstead, Geelbek, is situated in the West Coast National Park, bordering the Langebaan lagoon. The farmstead has been declared a provincial heritage site, and used to be a popular gathering place for Cape Town’s elite group in the early 1900s - for example, Cecil John Rhodes and company.

This well-known rocky landmark in the West Coast National Park is called Preekstoel (preacher's pulpit). Kraalbaai can be seen in the background. This tranquil spot on earth is where I intend living on a houseboat, when I win the Lotto that is!  It is also the site where 117 thousand-year-old human footprints were apparently discovered in 1995.
See also the video on YouTube.

West Coast National Park
The West Coast National Park Info Centre at Kraalbaai

Bokkomlaan - Velddrift
Photographed in Bokkom Lane, in the coastal fishing town of Velddrift, located on the estuary where the Berg River flows into St. Helena Bay. The name Velddrif is derived from a local farmer, Theunis Smit, who took his stock through a drift in the field (Afrikaans: veld), to find grazing across the river. (Source)
The Pelican in this photo was also recorded on video, here.

Bokkomlaan, Velddrift
Another view in Bokkom Lane, Velddrift

Paternoster (meaning “Our Father“) is the oldest fishing village on the West Coast and is known for its quaint white cottages, long white sandy beach, and exceptionally fresh-and-tasty Fish-and-Chips at a takeaway place, called “On The Rocks”

Saldanha Bay
Photographed from the steps at the “Slipway” Waterfront restaurant in Saldanha Bay.
Check out this video of a Seal (more like a Sea Lion), recorded on video moments before this photo was taken.

Slipway Waterfront Restaurant in Saldanha Bay
One simply cannot avoid the entrance, or the temptation to enjoy a snack and a cold beer (or two) in this place.

Cape Town Waterfront
Cape Town Waterfront – It was charming and I could not have asked for more perfect weather, but to be truly honest I found the place a little too commercialized and overpriced for my liking. R400 an hour for a boat trip, and R2100 for a helicopter ride – no thank you!
A short video of the waterfront can be viewed here.

Camera Specs:
SONY Cyber-Shot
25mm wide angle "Carl Zeiss" lens with 5x optical zoom


Adrem said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Yes, we do and always will - thank you for the nice photos.

Best wishes to you for the New Year ahead!

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