Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Whale Tale

About a week ago we went for a drive along the coast to look for whales. We saw a bunch of gorgeous views, as usual.

We found some beach treasures.

We drove past a baboon.

Oh, and we bought ourselves a plate of roast duck.

But most importantly, we saw a southern right whale. It was kind of far away, but if you squint, you can sort of see its tail on the bottom right in this photo.

Here's a bigger version.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

Van Riebeek's Hedge

This is a segment of a wild almond hedge that was planted in 1660 by Jan van Riebeek. Van Riebeek, the first leader of the Dutch East India Company's settlment on the site of present-day Cape Town, hoped that the hedge would prevent the local San and Khoikhoi people from coming in and attacking the European settlers. I doubt it worked. It didn't prevent the settlers from moving further inland to attack the Africans, either.

This post is dedicated to Sommer Browning, who asked me to post more history of the Dutch East India Company.


Saturday, July 12, 2008


Before we moved to Cape Town, I had never seen protea flowers. Here they're everywhere. Apparently most of the flowers in the Protea genus can be found in the Cape Floral Kingdom, and a few others are scattered around the southern hemisphere. It's the middle of winter here, so it's not peak season by any means, but we saw all of the flowers below in an afternoon walk today.

The first three pictures in this series are from the same plant. I think they're three stages of development of the same flower.


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Now You See It...

This little guy likes to hang out in our front yard. He's pretty hard to find because he mimics the color of the flowers on his favorite bush. He didn't seem to enjoy being photographed.