… at ‘Die Kelders’ between Stanford and Gansbaai in the Western Cape, South Africa
Last Sunday I had difficulties in photographing a chameleon nearby the beach in Die Kelders between Stanford and Gansbaai. Only when I put my camera in the bag the little creeper came out of his hiding. Whenever I opened the bag it rushed to its hiding in the rocks. That repeated a few times until I did as if I was putting my camera in the bag. After it realized that the camera is a harmless instrument the chameleon posed patiently provided I did not come too close. Beautiful creature! Locally people call this chameleon ‘Bloukopmannetjie’ (‘Little Blue Head Man’) and you find them all over. These are shy animals and will only come nearby (but not too) if you sit still for a while. The portraits are made with a Sigma 70-300 mm macro lens fully zoomed in.
Shot along coast in Gansbaai, South Africa. For people traveling off-the-beaten-track: From Hermanus/Stanford turn right into ‘Die Kelders’. Follow this road until there is a sign (=right) to a National Park. On this road first turn left. This is a dead-end road with parking at the end. Take the path towards the ocean and enjoy. Also historical caves. For the local people it’s the free entrance to the park (entrance fee of Cape Nature Conservation is a rip off because of missing and neglected/dangerous infrastructure such as stairs and pathways to beach and caves). This ‘freeway’ is a very safe one with stunning views of surroundings and small (chameleons, birds, etc) and big (whales/sharks/dolphins) wildlife.
All pictures in this blog are ‘imaginary’ and this one is no exception; it’s my own interpretation of ‘African Renaissance‘. I’ve kept it to our own environment here in Stanford, South Africa. Though on first sight ‘dull’; come to live the life here to discover a wonderful and inspirational village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The mainframe picture I’ve used before. It’s the original entrance of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate along the R43 that connects us with both mentioned towns. I changed the surface of the road into more authentic gravel from the nearby Papiesvlei Road. The sculptures are ‘borrowed’ from Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson and the rest (birds -Stanford = ‘bird capital’ in South Africa-, flowers, etc.) all from our own garden.