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« on: October 30, 2006, 10:26:52 am »
Herewith 28 completely unaltered pictures (just over 4MB). Perfect weather in an awesome country. Sorry to sound like such a patriot, I know it can become a bit irritating.
I will break up my post to see if it alleviated time-outs (probably won't)


My wife and I went to visit our friends Christa and Hilfred, who both work for Cape Peninsula National Park.

We left on Saturday morning and rode the M5 (Lavender Hill and Grassie Paak is lovely this time of year :P ) to Muizenberg and from there on to Cape Point.

Early afternoon was spent on the beach at Smitswinkelbaai


Our friends stay at the forestry station above Smitswinkelbaai. A lovely place with DSTV but no cellphone reception... perfect?


The weather was most excellent and we made a chicken potjie outside


We stayed up long after the potjie was emptied and listened to the quiet of the mountain interrupted by the krackeling of the fire.


On Sunday morning we entered to Cape Peninsula National Park and rode all the little roads veering away from the tourist trampled main route.
 

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2006, 10:27:46 am »
It was a blissful morning with perfect weather.




During the past couple of years my wife has tried to teach me the plant names of the Western Cape. I think this one is some kind of leeubekkie?


Perhaps a Boeggoe. I can?t remember? ?her teachings are completely wasted on me.


I?m not terribly good at identifying reptiles either. I think this one is a koggelmander of some sort.


With the Da Gama Memorial behind me. The Diaz Memorial is further up the slope (not visible here) and local fishermen apparently use the towering crosses to navigate their way into the harbour.
 

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2006, 10:28:30 am »


The same cliffs but from further up the hill






A wide angle view of False Bay


Diaz Beach
 

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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2006, 10:29:11 am »
I can?t remember the name of this little critter. Black Zanor or something?


The point. This is where the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet.


Cape Point has two lighthouses. This is the upper lighthouse where all the tourists hang out. There are a great many tourists in several busses every day. Mostly Europeans I think but the Americans and Japanese are hard to miss.


You can almost see Simonstown from here. (behind the cove in the middle ground)


Another gogga. I feel really stupid for not being able to memorise their names. I?d better quit the mid-week drinking!


Wales at the base of the precipice. They come here often to frollick and rub themselves against the rocks.
 

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2006, 10:30:07 am »
The lower lighthouse. Both lights are in use but only one operates at a time depending on the altitude of the fog.




Quaint little cottage. Wouldn?t mind owning this as a holiday house.


Lighthouse near the entrance to Simonstad harbour. The only way to get there is by boat, and then only when the sea is calm. It was automated several years ago though.


To all the taxpayers from across the country. Thanks for your contribution to our navy. Four corvettes call Simonstad their home but two seem to be out on patrol today. I can?t wait for them to sink a Chinese waling ship fishing illegally in our waters! (I did enhance this pic slightly because slight mist obscured the ships)


We stopped for lunch in Kalkbaai and got home just before SurvivorSA started on the idiot box. I can?t believe that bitch Jocinda and her cronies kicked off Mzi!

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2006, 10:47:23 am »
The only bad thing about this report is that you watch sa survivor thing.

Apart from that, the only other bad thing is that you are irritating with your patriotism

And apart from thaat, the only other kak thing are your photos. I mean really, go on a photographers course or something.

Poor subject choice, poor exposure, shit landscapes.

You should go and shoot in canada or something



 :wink: fking A cyril, you had a great weekend...
 

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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2006, 10:49:24 am »
Excellent as alsways LS.

At the risk of sounding pedantic. This is not where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. My understanding is that the two oceans meet in Aghulas. It is often stated that it is at Cape Point but this is not the case.

Awesome pics there!
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2006, 10:56:26 am »
Lekker lekker

What happened to your hair? :lol:
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2006, 11:03:02 am »
LS

Awesome pics. I gotta get back to your part of the country for a visit soon.

Thanks for the report.

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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2006, 11:05:05 am »
he must have lost his hair saying s.africa will lose to pakistan  :wink:

nice report LS (as always)
 

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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2006, 11:07:19 am »
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What happened to your hair? :lol:

My wig got stuck in the helmet :oops:

CO - I'm not 100% sure but I think you are referring to the confusion regarding the most southernly point. Many people think the Point is as far south as you can go while it is in fact Cape Agulhas.
As far as I know the water on the eastern side of the point is warmer than the water on the western side - which is taken as proof that this is where the two oceans meet
 

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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2006, 11:09:56 am »
i think the geographical split between the atlantic and the indian is in agalhus.
but its a huge area where the waters do mix, and yes, fish hoek water is def warmer than kommertjie waters.... so there  :lol:
 

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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2006, 11:10:16 am »
The only bad thing about this report is that you watch sa survivor thing.

Apart from that, the only other bad thing is that you are irritating with your patriotism

And apart from thaat, the only other kak thing are your photos. I mean really, go on a photographers course or something.

Poor subject choice, poor exposure, shit landscapes.

You should go and shoot in canada or something



 :wink: ...fking A cyril, you had a great weekend..great shots.
 

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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2006, 11:11:38 am »
Great report and pics as always, C.

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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2006, 11:12:21 am »
Cape Point on a clear day is one of my most beautiful places on earth!

Diving the wrecks in the bay.
The wreck off the point is super challenging too.  Bolt through white water before you get washed on the rocks.
 

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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2006, 11:15:42 am »
A++ report! Thanks LS.
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2006, 11:17:57 am »
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Lekker lekker

What happened to your hair? :lol:


some lovely pics ls! :wink:  did kilersa coax you into his barbershop?
 

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« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2006, 11:27:03 am »
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« Reply #18 on: October 30, 2006, 11:29:12 am »
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What happened to your hair? :lol:

My wig got stuck in the helmet :oops:

CO - I'm not 100% sure but I think you are referring to the confusion regarding the most southernly point. Many people think the Point is as far south as you can go while it is in fact Cape Agulhas.
As far as I know the water on the eastern side of the point is warmer than the water on the western side - which is taken as proof that this is where the two oceans meet


This was taken at Agulhas...which is why I thought that this is where the two oceans meet. I do also agree that Agulhas is the southern most tip of Africa too. Its hardly important though.

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« Reply #19 on: October 30, 2006, 12:54:07 pm »
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Lighthouse near the entrance to Simonstad harbour. The only way to get there is by boat, and then only when the sea is calm. It was automated several years ago though.


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There is another way to get to the lighthouse but mostly back from the lighthouse which is done quite often.

many more reasons why Accton should stay, stay and stay.

Some really beautiful pics there LS. Thanks
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