Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Cape windows

This post is sort of inspired by known and unknown expat Capetonians reading my blog for a taste of home and its glories. Now that I know you are out there, it's a jolly good excuse to open a window or two on our summer -- at present rudely interrupted by a ridiculous cold spell (that's the Cape weather for you, four seasons in one day, as they say, every bleedin' time).

We clambered up Elsie's Peak, the highest point in my Fish Hoek fastness, on Sunday, right to the marker on the summit, and gazed out at the entire vast yawn of False Bay; its sweep gives the sensation of standing on a map of the peninsula. In the photo here, K shows off the God's-eye view (although this is by no means the entire panorama -- more like half -- my little Pentax Optio lens being inadequate to the task).

A great many flowers are out now, none more profusely than the small trees of bright yellow pincushion proteas. But there are intense colours along the paths, tiny sparkles of blue, purple and magenta. And glissandos of tiny green double-collared sunbirds, darting from tree to tree. We saw a dassie or rock rabbit, somewhat rare here now, probably because black eagles (aka Verreaux's Eagle) hunt along this range.


Blogger hendrix said...

never mind the expat Capetonians, some of us in the frozen north are grateful for some picture of the sun too!

10:40 PM  
Blogger cinnamon gurl said...

Yippee! We're going there in January!

And is that Queen Victoria on her back in the mountains? I remember my father-in-law saying that when we there last. I think we might have been at Steenbras Dam... is that in False Bay? I think it was the day we went Somerset West. Whatever.

And yes, he is a man of taste and intelligence, or whatever it was you said. He's also a journalist.

5:40 PM  
Blogger DavetheF said...

Queen Victoria still stands gazing stonily down the centre of the city from her standpoint in the parliamentary gardens. And Cecil Rhodes rears up in the Company's Gardens next door, declaring "Your hinterland is there". (Points finger northwards).

E-mail me if you want, perhaps we can meet up in these parts.

6:30 PM  
Blogger herschelian said...

Your photos are gorgeous - the fynbos is probably at its best, oh to be in Cape Town at this time of year. Thanks for keeping on posting!

12:13 AM  
Blogger DavetheF said...

Only a pleasure. More Cape photos via my Flickr pages. Were you aware that the city's forests -- Tokai and Cecilia in particular -- are now to be eliminated by the Table Mountain National Park eco-fascists? Petitions are afoot.

9:13 PM  

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