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buffels bay, winter 2016

~~~~ down to the water’s edge ~~~~
buffels bay, cape point, june 2016

We’ve been having a late-summer mini-heatwave here in Haarlem… so I’m cooling-off by revisiting some pics from a winter’s walk on my favourite beach. Buffels Bay, at the southern edge of Africa, is a very special place and I always try to make a pilgrimage to it when I’m ‘in the neighbourhood’. It’s also always a rich source of colour and pattern inspiration. These photos were taken on a moody, wild winter’s day (a great kind of day for a beach visit, imho!) in early June this year, but you can also see the bay – in all its brilliant blue glory – on a bright spring day here >

buffels bay, winter 2016

graceful gull & cuttlefish bone

buffels bay, winter 2016

gelatinous, calcified(?), luminous

buffels bay, winter 2016

the blues

buffels bay, winter 2016

rugged rock pools  |  vibrant, variegated colonies

buffels bay, winter 2016

scanning the horizon

buffels bay, winter 2016

more than one way to get where you’re going…

buffels bay, winter 2016

sinuous kelp

buffels bay, winter 2016

life on mars

buffels bay, winter 2016

looking north towards the paulsberg, die boer and judas peaks
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looking south-southeast towards cape point, situated on the southerly edge of africa and sometime meeting place of the atlantic and indian oceans *

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* Africa’s southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, ±150 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Point. The Indian and Atlantic oceans meet at the point where the warm Agulhas current meets the cold Benguela current – a point that apparently fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point

beach boulders, paternoster, south africa

beach boulders & sand ‘cables‘, paternoster

barnacles and sunset, paternoster, south africa

barnacles & a liquid sunset, paternoster

euphorbia and lion's head, cape town, south africa

euphorbia ingens | lion’s head

devil's peak and lush arbor, kirstenbosch, cape town, south africa

part of table mountain’s eastern face (window buttress or fernwood buttress?) and devil’s peak & a lush arbour, kirstenbosch

clouds over table mountain and sunset view from signal hill, cape town, south africa

clouds envelop table mountain & the sun sets over
the atlantic ocean (view from signal hill)

cape town cbd @ sunset, south africa

cape town cbd at dusk, view from signal hill

gulls and mountains at buffels bay, cape point, south africa

gulls & mountains, buffels bay, cape point

cape chacma baboon and turquoise ocean at buffels bay, cape point, south africa

cape chacma baboon & a turquoise sea, buffels bay

I was very lucky to have a wonderful mid-winter injection of southern light and colour! Then, on returning to Amsterdam a week and a half ago, I quickly succumbed to a nasty northern ‘flu bug… and am just starting to feel human again now. How has 2014 been treating you? Very well, I hope!

moon tree, stanford, south africa

this time last year…

moon tree, stanford, south africa

photos taken here, 24 December 2012

stanford | postberg

paternoster | kirstenbosch

kirstenbosch | cape point

overberg | paternoster

hermanus | cederberg

cape columbine | kirstenbosch

Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
Thank You
RIP

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Photographs taken on various visits to beautiful South Africa between 2001 and 2012

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seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa
seabirds, paternoster, south africa

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This was a relatively good inking session, but the intense & unprecedented heatwave we’ve been experiencing in NL has had some ‘interesting’ effects on my drawing ink – turning it (and me!) into a rapidly congealing, sticky mess. The second pic illustrates a particularly bad inking session when, on lifting the freshly dipped pen to continue drawing, the entire inkpot came with it and crash-landed across the drawing. Ugh… a sticky mess indeed! This is, of course, a very trivial effect of the #climatebreakdown we now find ourselves in the midst of, but no less vexing for its insignificance in the great scheme of things… #no_use_crying_over_spilt_ink - #drawing #inking #indianink #encredechine #dippen #spillage #blunder #stickymess #sunlight #shadow #organic #pattern #mycelium #tangled #chaos #climatecollapse - Thankfully today is a cooler, rainy day… perfect inking conditions! -
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