Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Just before you get to St Francis Bay, you cross the Kromme River and get a beautiful view of the river and adjacent wetlands. The river has become a popular holiday area, with many new built homes along the river bank. The white buildings in the distance are the houses on the canals, at the river mouth.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Today, instead of a photo, we are posting a movie that we put together. It is a combination of video and stills captured on the beach at sunrise after a big storm and Spring Tide. It was wild and windy, so there are times when the image stabilizer couldn't cope, but we hope the movie can convey to you how invigorating and stunning it was on the beach that morning. The background music is 'why worry' by Dire Straits.... which pretty much sums up St Francis, who can worry for long in such surroundings?!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Bonus behind the scenes shot:
Our grandson looks on in amazement as granny lies on the ground in the doorway to get the angle she is after, while his parents pretend they don't know this person, and wish they were somewhere else !
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
The alien vegetation flourished and did its "job" very effetively, but at a cost. It has totally smothered much of the unique indigenous vegetation of the area, it has become a major fire hazard and has also reduced the level of the water table.
This sunset photo was taken shortly after a fire had swept through the area last year and the stark trees serve as a reminder of the constant threat of devastating fires. The alien invaders burn much hotter and faster than the indigenous vegetation and as a result also destroy a lot of wildlife that would otherwise have survived.
Major projects are now underway to remove the alien invaders. The moral of the story is don't mess with nature.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
When we went there for the first time in the mid 90s, we went for a walk along the 2 km wide sandy beach all the way to the Kromme River Mouth and back. Now it is impassable in many places, as the sand has been eroded away by currents, and due to the development and cutting off of the migratory sand river dunes from the rest of the coast, it is not being replaced. All sorts of expensive and controversial plans have been put forward to fix it, but as there are not enough funds, nothing has been done. At last, there may be light at the end of the tunnel, and a cost effective scheme which has been successful along the North Sea coast is being looked at. Let's hope something comes of it soon, as this situation can't be left to continue as it is for much longer.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Here you see the harbour wall that we posted 2 days ago, being pounded by waves at Spring High, this time from the outside of the wall.
By the way, if you followed the drive we did down the Elands River Valley last week on the Port Elizabeth Daily Photo, and on our personal blogs, the mountains in the background that you see here are part of the Winterhoek Mountain Range that we were travelling through on that trip.
And if you are interested in how this breakwater is constructed to withstand these assaults from the sea, I did a post on the dolosse here.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
The waves were so huge that they were breaking right over the harbour wall, too forcefully to walk there. It is hard to give you a idea of how large they were, but the wall on the right is too high for even a tall person to look over, and normally there is still about the equivalent of 3 stories of breakwater below the wall on the outside.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Since we are talking about roads on the PE blog today, I thought it would be an idea to do the same here. This sign is on the road to the Seal Point Lighthouse. The R5 coin is about 30mm in diameter. The "Kimberley se gat" is a colloquial reference to the great hole of Kimberley, an enormous abandoned diamond mine.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
One of the restaurants we really enjoy in the village is Farol. It isn't especially fancy (maybe that's one reason we feel at home there!) but it is well designed, and the food is always good. The service is friendly and personal, the owners are always there taking an interest in the patrons and making sure you are happy. Their fresh fish and steak espatade are drool worthy!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
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