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Our little town

Let me take you on a photographic journey through our little town; Napier, Western Cape South Africa. On first sight it looks a bit dull but underneath a lot of activity; a guy who makes working miniature steam engines; a chess board maker a designer jeweller to mention a few and they all have customers from all over the world. I’m not going to introduce all those artisans but just show you around a bit.

Midnight Moon (2 pictures)

There is every now and then a moon hype around the globe. A few days ago it was something as Blood- or Blue Moon. Most pictures I saw were shot at sunset and indeed that affects the colour (yellowish sunset colours). In the Western Cape, South Africa it was merely cloudy during the evening so lots of clouds in front of the moon but not just after midnight; at least not in Napier.

The moon photographed by me was quite normal. what most photographers in this part of the world did not know (seemingly) was that the ‘blue’ and/or ‘blood’ moon was only visible in the Northern Hemisphere. 😉


During the Winter rainfall period grass grows and farmers in the Overberg harvest it for silage. Some farmers bale the hay; others harvest the grass fresh, dump it between two ground walls; sprinkle salt on and compact with a tractor every layer and cover the top with plastic. Quite labour extensive but the end result is silage with a higher nutrient content. The cows on the Sanddrift farm of Jan Wessels in Napier, South Africa love it. They produce high quality milk. You may  say that silage  is a kind of  transformation.