~~~~ 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 > …
graceful gull & cuttlefish bone
gelatinous, calcified(?), luminous
rugged rock pools | vibrant, variegated colonies
scanning the horizon
more than one way to get where you’re going…
life on mars
looking north towards the paulsberg, die boer and judas peaks
looking south-southeast towards cape point, situated on the southerly edge of africa and sometime meeting place of the atlantic and indian oceans *
* 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
the giant’s playground
While exploring the Giant’s Playground, a vast and rugged expanse of balancing basalt and dolerite rocks in Namibia, we were fortunate to encounter one of the region’s rarest creatures.
chibi totoro, master tracker
Thanks to the keen sense of smell and sharp eyesight of Chibi Totoro, who tracked the animal for us, we were able to approach this extraordinary beast entirely undetected…
… until we were in a suitable position to get a good view. Behold, the elusive and enigmatic felis silvestris igneous!
felis silvestris igneous soaking up the sun in its natural habitat
Back home in my studio resident felis catus and amateur zoologist Gira is intrigued by the pictures we snapped of felis silvestris igneous, and feels a strong kinship with his distant relative…
… something in the eyes, perhaps?
golden crown & bark of a quivertree
… these are a few of my favourite things.
And there was much opportunity for the gathering of these favourite things on our recent roadtrip across Namibia.
folded, rippled, wrinkled (fish river canyon, african elephant)
elephant petroglyph | subtle mineral colours, dolerite columns
fine forms, more mineral hues
black & white, circles & stripes
bone dry, desaturated
earthy harmonies, rounded rhythms
bright brandberg hills… and a mystery paint spillage in the desert
perfectly patterned, eminently engravable | ancient petroglyphs
desert car wreck… adorned
a decaying structure’s textures & patterns (goageb ghost town)
lines (looking up: hot air balloon cables,
looking down: wildlife highways & byways)
namib desert sands: infinitely intriguing colours, forms…
… and patterns
pleasing points (rondavel thatch, starling silhouette)
all these elements coalesce in the simplicity of a dead tree at dusk
a giraffe enjoys a mopane leaf snack
The road signs in Namibia will alert you to the possibility of wild animals crossing…
.. a lot!
And one should indeed take care…
… travelling “dead slow” when called upon to do so.
Hurrying your journey, as with many things in life, is ill-advised…
ground squirrels sharing a secret
… you might miss something hidden, something magical.
[female steenbok | red-crested korhaan]
the strutting of stuff
a proud kudu with his elegant harem
a southern pale chanting goshawk on the lookout for a tasty morsel | sociable weavers gather nesting material
red hartebeest chillin’ | black-faced impala playing
[giraffes | blue wildebeest}
[burchell’s zebra (and a distant springbok) | blue wildebeest]
sweetwater, the stuff of life
[burchell’s zebra | springbok]
dassie sentry, keeping watch over the youngsters
(it’s hard to believe that the dassie’s closest living relative is the elephant!)
african elephants and a black-backed jackal in the golden hour
more warnings: warthogs and kudu crossing
Wishing y’all a wild weekend!