Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dads, sons, and shells

Dads, sons, and shells
The dad in this photo was walking on the beach with his small son in had, stopping every so often to look at the view. It was quite and unusual sight, different from that of a dad with a rowdy son running up and down like a termite on speed.

As with my previous one, this photo was also taken at Sea Point beach. Click on the picture and take a closer look the thousands of shells that (with the exception of rocky outcrops) literally cover every inch of this shore. Pretty awesome heh?

They take flight

They take flight
I took this photo at Sea Point. The beaches aren't the greatest for swimming, or for playing ball games, but there is some kind of appeal, different from that of the white sand-covered beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.

Beaches, models, and photographers

Beaches, models, and photographers
Clifton's beach is one of the favoured spots for pro, and amateur, photoshoots. I enjoyed a light picnic while watching my favourite series (on my iPad) and keeping an eye on the tail-end of this evening shoot. Several photographers, models, makeup artists, and other assistants were congregated on this section of 4th beach, racing against the setting sun for a few more awesome twilight shots.

This was a great way to spend the evening. :)

A radiant silhouette

A couple of silhouettes at sunset
Perhaps you've noticed that I like sneaking photos of people silhouetted against the setting sun. The outlines and lack of detail seem to let the photo tell a story; probably a different story for each of us, depending on personal experiences.

A really old telephone booth

A really old telephone booth
This telephone booth, near Maynardville Park in Wynberd (map), is really awesome, though unfortunately empty and bolted shut. It's so sad, I'd love to have seen a really old coin-operated, dial-type phone in the booth. I hazard a guess that it was vandalised or stolen many years ago. :(

An interesting apparition at Camps Bay

An interesting apparition at Camps Bay
I'll be on vacation next week, and beyond all reason I managed to leave work early to head though to Camps Bay for one of the last gloriously warm summer days of the season. I say "beyond all reason" because for the last few years I've never managed to leave the office earlier than 7pm on the day that my vacation starts.

Anyway, all this is besides the point of this post's title. Isn't that an interesting apparition indeed? Any guesses as to what's happening in the photo?

Cape Town’s gemstones

Cape Town's gemstones
If you love gemstones then you have to take time out to visit Scratch Patch, a place where you can sit scratching through piles of beautiful gemstones and selecting the ones that take your fancy. Scratch Patch have branches at the v&A Waterfront and in Simon's Town, so if you are visiting, and especially if you have kids, then consider placing this outing on your todo list.

If you'd like to buy gems in bulk, then visit Topstones, manufacturers and distributors of the Scratch Patch stones. I've never been, but I'm guessing that the stones will be somewhat cheaper than at Scratch Patch. :)

The streets of Philadelphia

The streets of Philadelphia
As you can tell from this map, Philadelphia is a pretty tiny town, north of Cape Town, more or less 20km inland from our western coastline. It's a quaint little town, with a handful of shops, and one or two restaurants where you're can enjoy a lovely breakfast or lunch. Besides for the quaint and beautifully-rural scenery, there's not a lot except for space and quiet in this town and it's probably worth a visit if you'll be staying in Cape Town for a few weeks.

The Police

The Police
There has been somewhat concern expressed in the media about the state and reputation of our police force. But, as I guess you must know, it's not the case that our entire police force is off kilter. I have friends and acquaintances who are in the force - they're honorable, work hard, and fight crime in what's often the most dire and difficult circumstances.

A teacup flower arrangement

A teacup flower arrangement
I recently visited the Pepper Tree restaurant in Philadelphia with a group of photo-friends - this was one of the pieces of decor on the eclectic set of tables that we sat at.

In terms of a review - I enjoyed the visit to the Pepper Tree. My bacon and eggs was good, the coffee was great, and the service friendly. The only disappointment was that the bacon served wasn't "crispy" as advertised, though not bad by any means.

The only reason why I pick on the bacon at all is because once you've had Bacon Method bacon, there's no going back to the soft 'n bendy kind. ;)

A seaside reflection at Blouberg

A seaside reflection at Blouberg
Don't you love how the clouds and sky reflect on the sand as the water draws back from the beach?

Beaches like those at Blouberg are especially gifted with iconic views of Table Mountain, white sand, and just enough shells to keep things interesting. This is a lovely place to be - when it's warm and the wind isn't blowing!

An idyllic view of Table Mountain

An idyllic view of Table Mountain
i·dyl·lic
Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque: "an idyllic setting".

I met a few friends for a photo walk near the Blue Peter hotel in Tableview. Well, this particular evening was less of a "photo walk", and more of a "photo stand on the beach and gawk at the spectacular views". But then, I guess you can understand why. :)

I took far too many photos of Table Mountain on Sunday evening. I'll share this one, and perhaps one more if someone asks.

Public phones

Public telephone buttons
These are quickly becoming obsolete - I can't remember when last I used a public telephone! They're still useful if you happen not to have a mobile phone, or if you're stuck without juice and need to make an urgent call, but long-gone are the days of people queuing to use a public phone!