For this week’s WordPress challenge I searched through my archives and found this pic. I battled a bit finding a photo that means security for me. All I could think about was burglar bars and electric fences. Now if you’re South African, you’ll resonate I’m sure. And that’s not a happy photo at all.
So I chose this one – of the brass bell and I think lighthouse (although it does seem a bit small) at the mouth of Kalk Bay harbour. I don’t think it is to warn ship out at sea, but rather to guide the fishing boats into the harbour, the bell on the one side of the harbour wall, and the light on the other, keeping them safe and secure.
I never tire of looking down at my beautiful country, South Africa, when I fly. This is especially true when I do the Johannesburg to Cape Town route. I know all the small towns, lakes, dams and rivers.
Many areas are experiencing drought conditions, so the changing scenery is dramatic. Taking off from Johannesburg’s airport, the OR Tambo International, the fields are green, the scenery lush. This area is a summer rainfall area and we’ve received an abundance of water. Our dams are full.
Flying over the central interior of the country, the lushness continues with the patchwork of the crop fields reminding me to be thankful for the rain because the farmers in the region are benefiting.
As we fly over the Karoo and Northern Cape it is naturally dry and brown – this is to be expected. Further on, where the vineyards and fertile fruit growing valleys of the Western Cape are supposed to be green and lush, they are instead dry and brown. The dams and lakes have receded to concerning levels because this area is experiencing a severe drought. This is a winter rainfall area but last winter not enough rain fell, so the picturesque shire-like valleys look barren and dry.
I took the photo above whilst flying from the Northern to the Western Cape regions. You can see the brown barrenness. I wish I had taken a photo of the lush Gauteng and Free State regions for you to see the difference.
This region is entering its rainfall season, and I hope that they get an abundant amount of water too.
There’s nothing more relaxing for me than to be at the seaside and gaze upon the vast expanse of the ocean. Last weekend was one such time where I was able to do that. This is the view from our Airbnb place.
WordPress weekly photo challenge – Relax.