Sunday, August 24, 2008

Latest Photos

After sorting the photos taken during my last two back-to-back tours, I decided to "publish" some of the best ones today. The one I love most is this photo (right) of a cute young hippo appearing momentarily above water propped up on its mother's back.

Spotting klipspringer (left) in any of our game parks is quite a difficult process, because they are mostly well-camouflaged, apart from belonging to the smaller antelope species. It was therefore quite amazing to find three on the same spot and appearing "glued" to the spot. They had probably detected a threat (a carnivore?) and instinctively tried to ascertain if their life was in danger. We also tried to determine if that was the case, but were unsuccessful.

As we left the Kruger National Park by bus, we were "treated" to this magnificent sunset (right) and shortly afterwards, to the "alingment" of the sun amongst the branches of a tree (below).

It's always a pleasure to also "spot" a small creature like the chameleon (right) as happened in Stellenbosch amongst the plants in a garden of the house-museum-complex.

In-between two tours, I stayed with my sister, Lydia, in Cape Town. Since the weather was so great, she took me and our parents for a drive to Bloubergstrand, from where one has this magnificent view of Cape Town with Table Mountain flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head.

After the cable-car "scare" in May (about which I "reported" on this blog-site soon afterwards), I am proud to announce I had the guts to "do it all again". I'm proud, because I never thought that after getting stuck in the cable-car on the way down, I'd ever go up Table mountain again. Well, I did, however scary I thought it was, and not only once, but twice (because I accompanied two different groups of tourists). Just as our dad told us when we learned to ride horses as children: "you fall off, you get right back on".

The last two photos today are of African penguins (formerly known as Jackass penguins) taken at Boulders Beach, where two pairs settled in 1982 on the mainland and since then have multiplied to 3 000!!

Since I often take visitors to this penguin colony, I was pleasantly surprised to see how active the penguins are at this time of the year. Apart from loudly "braying", they were in and out of the water - in contrast to past visits, when we mostly found them "just hanging around".

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