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Camps Bay beach silhouettes

Camps Bay beach silhouettes
One of my favourite things to do on hot a summer evening is to sit at Camps Bay beach and take photos of people silhouetted against the setting sun. It's a beautiful time of day - and these views, the tranquility they bring, is something that we should take time to appreciate more often.

Lazy afternoon beach days

Lazy afternoon beach days
Like seriously, don't even think about spending the afternoon on our beaches without an umbrella, or some other shade-making device. This is African sun baby.

Many years ago, before people were aware of the danger of sun exposure, my dad used to spend many hours in the sun, sans sunblock - of course. He's in his 70s now and has to regularly visit his dermatologist regularly to have patches of skin cancer removed. Given the lesson I've learned from him, and all the attention the media has given to the relationship between sun exposure and skin cancer, I'm super cautious with the sun and find it surprising that so many people don't take it seriously.

Sure, my dad won't die from skin cancer, but it has to be darn annoying to have to get those patches treated every few months. Rather cover up, use sun block, don't tan too much, and save yourself a tremendous amount of discomfort later in life.

*This photo was taken on the blue flag Camps Bay beach.

Mountains and beaches

Mountains and beaches
We're really privileged to live in a city that has a table-like mountain as its centerpiece, a sprinkling of tall hills dotted across its peninsula, and white-sand beaches all around. I don't take this for granted, believe me; it's just spectacular. :)

Enchanting clouds

Enchanting clouds
There was no wind and the air was warm - it had been a perfect beach day - and it was hard to imagine that it was freezing cold up on Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.

If you visit Cape Town, and if the weather's right, you'll see a similar blanket of cloud covering the mountain. The weird and enchanting thing about the clouds is that they continuously descend from the mountain towards the earth but never seem to reach it. They billow over, almost like you'd imagine a witch's cauldron would. It's quite enchanting.

Run doggie, run!

Run doggie, run!
The guy in the photo had two dachshund's with him on the beach. He'd trow the tennis ball and they'd charge after it like bats out of hell, ears flapping all the way. I don't really enjoy small yapping dogs - but these, they were pretty cute. :)

See them run

See them run
While taking the photo included in my previous post I heard shrieking sounds, and out of the corner of my eye noticed a group of people running from the beach. It wasn't a tsunami. I checked. :)

People bathing in the sun, enjoying the picnic lunches they'd packed in, had to grab their belongings as quickly as they could and make a dash for higher ground. Fortunately the patch of sand on which I stood was slightly elevated, like a little island - so my feet, and sneakers, managed to stay dry.

Yes, it is true, I was walking on the beach in sneakers. :P

High tide

High tide
This is Camps Bay beach. If you're familiar with Camps Bay then I think this photo gives a pretty good idea of how high the tide has been. That guy, in the surf, was standing more or less where little kids normally make sand castles and mud pies.

I'm sure the tide's been this high during stormy weather, but I've never seen it quite like this on a sunny beach day!

Winter beach weather

Winter beach weather
The bikini and boardshorts probably gives you a good idea of the type of winter weather we've been having. Don't let anyone tell you that Cape Town's winter weather is always awful. ;)

I could sure get used to warm sunny beach days alternating with cool rainy winter weather.

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?

Launching your kayak

Launching your kayak
It seemed to take ages for this guy to launch his kayak. The process was to line the kayak up perpendicular to the waves, quickly jump in, and then paddle as fast as possible to avoid being pushed back against the beach. The recipe however never worked out quite as well in practice.

The root cause of his troubles appeared to be his paddles getting caught up in seaweed and in so doing dragging the slimy green substance into the kayak, over his feet. That caused enough delay and distraction to allow time for the oncoming waves to push his kayak back against the shore, restarting the entire process of dismounting from the vessel, lining it up, hopping in and paddling like a frenzied cat in an icy pond of water.

I kinda wanted to cheer as on his fourth or fifth attempt he managed to break free and overcome the waves.

Wrapping up beach season

Wrapping up beach season
We're fast approaching autumn, and cooler weather is on our doorstep.

If you made a resolution to spend more time at the beach this year, and if you've failed that resolution, then you have a few warm days left. Do what you need to do - make a plan - visit the beach - you're in Cape Town folks!

Peninsula trip “stop” 4: Camps Bay

Peninsula trip stop 3: The V&A Waterfront
By the time we hit the Camps Bay part of our Peninsula trip I realised that we were running out if time pretty quickly and it would be impossible to make time to stop for a walk on Camps Bay beach. The weather was (as you can see) pretty much perfect for a day at the beach, but we had bigger birds to fry, so we headed off along Victoria Road in the direction of Hout Bay.

Sunshine, then rain

Cloudy Camps Bay
So, after yesterday's beautifully sunny (and almost warm) day, we awoke this morning to thick cloud cover that progressed into torrential rains in the late afternoon.

This photo, with Camps Bay in the distance, was taken from Kloof Road, just above the well-known (and delightfully expensive, though very scenic) Round House Restaurant.

Girl-friends at the beach

Girl-friends at the beach
If you visit Camps Bay beach and find lying down on the sand uncomfortable and the scorching sun too hot to bear, you can hire one of those branded umbrellas or deck-chairs in the background of this photo. It'll cost you R25 for an umbrella and R50 per deck-chair irrespective if you're on the beach for 30 minutes or the whole day.

Cafe Caprice for lunch

Cafe Caprice
Without intention Cafe Caprice has become one of the restaurants that I frequent most when in Camps Bay. I was alone on this particular visit and grabbed a table in the outside section where I was able to watch passers-by as I enjoyed my lunch.

I've been to Caprice several times for breakfast (the French toast is great) and for lunch a few times. Even though their burgers are acceptable, I'd recommend trying something else on the lunch menu, and I'd definitely recommend the breakfast menu. Besides for these, Caprice is the perfect place to enjoy drinks with friends on warm summer days.

Summer in Camps Bay

Summer in Camps Bay
It's still winter in South Africa - but based on this photo of the Camps Bay area, nobody would say so.

I took this shot from Kloof Road, just below where the famous Round House restaurant does business. This whole area has a huge number of short hiking trails that would be perfect as an early morning walk. I really wish that I could live in this area - besides for it being a beautiful area there would then be no excuse not to get regular exercise in the outdoors!

Table Mountain trip : A view of Camps Bay (5#10)

Camps Bay
In case you missed it, see the previous post in this series.

Slightly to the right of the view shown in my previous post is this perspective of the up-market suburb of Camps Bay. The houses (and especially the beach-front ones) are worth several million Rands.

After looking more closely at this photo I discovered a couple of interesting things that I'd like to draw your attention to:

  1. The streets and homes on the right side of the photo appear to radiate outwards, away from an open field or common. I wonder why that happened.
  2. Camps Bay High School is almost perfectly located - you'll spot it and it's large green rugby field on the right of the photo. If you click on the photo to zoom in you'll see it's beautiful blue swimming pool.
  3. Just to the left of Camps Bay beach, a little way off shore, is what appears to be a circular grouping of rocks forming some kind of natural pool out at sea. Has anyone noticed this before? Have you been there?