If we were having coffee it would be a leisurely affair – no coffee on the go this week.
It’s been a week of photo blogging with WordPress’s Photo 101 course. I’ve enjoyed interacting with other bloggers in The Commons and posted every day. The post I most enjoyed writing was A Lullaby for my Senses, where the assignment was to play around with a photo’s orientation using the theme of Water.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you about the Cape Peninsula fires that have devastated a large part of one of the most scenic parts of the Cape. In January I was taken on a drive from Kalk Bay, past Noordhoek half-way up Chapman’s Peak. We stopped in the middle and looked over at Hout Bay. The photo below shows the view to Hout Bay from Chapman’s Peak a month ago.
This is what the area looks like now – click on the image or here for one of the many stories and photos.
So that blaze was controlled but more have sprung up. It’s exceptionally hot and dry in the Cape Peninsula – and thunderstorms have not helped quench the fires but have started new ones.
Firefighters, professional and volunteer, have worked many long hours, heroically. The communities have helped with keeping them sustained with food and drink. Sadly, a helicopter pilot was killed this morning when his chopper crashed while extinguishing a fire in Cape Point.
If we were having coffee I’d say that while fires happen every year, this year it’s been particularly devastating.
Orange you glad it’s photo challenge time? I mean…really..?
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Clivia Miniata aka Bush Lily, named after Lady Clive, Duchess of Northumberland. It is at the risk of extinction, sought after in traditional medicine and horticulture. Wild populations have declined by nearly half in the last 90 years due to ongoing harvesting and the destruction of their habitat through deforestation, crop farming and urban development. Instead of picking a clivia from the wild, rather buy them from a reputable nursery.
Beautiful gold fish in a pond at Sam’s Giardino guesthouse in Swakopmund.
There are flowers wherever one goes in India. Bowls of bright orange marigolds at the bottom of a stairwell. The Portuguese introduced marigolds to India. They are also known as “The Herb of the Sun” and are symbolic of passion and creativity. Curtains of marigolds are strung up at Hindu weddings. Lord Vishnu and his wife Goddess Lakshmi, the ideal couple are worshiped with marigolds, hence they are auspicious at Hindu weddings, blessing the couple divine blessings and a happy and prosperous life ahead.
An old plough, orange in colour, at an old farmyard.
This cute little pigmy pony was very shy and he didn’t enjoy the attention he was getting from my camera. Such a sweet looking animal.
The promenade walk from the bus and train station to the FNB stadium in Soweto, also affectionately known as Soccer City where many matches, including the final of the 2010 World Cup was played. Popular soccer venue, it also hosts many music concerts, such as Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Metallica and many others. It seats 94 736 people.
The crowds gathering for the Linkin Park concert at the FNB stadium
Tiles clad the exterior of many townhouses in Lisbon. This one is colourfully clad with orange-patterned tiles.
Sunrise over the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Sunset over the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
A drawer full of fruit – I just couldn’t resist this one – it’s my colleague’s drawer at work, full of fruit.
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