Typical Cape Nature

You might call it a rant and I don’t care. Where- and whenever I enter a nature reserve I go off the beaten track. I’ve been in several nature reserves in the Western Cape, South Africa that are managed by Cape Nature (a semi-governmental institute). And as always I see rubbish hidden. I saw it recently at the lagoon between Hermanus and Stanford and a week ago also in De Hoop Nature Reserve (a heritage site).

Miscellaneous birds

As pictured in De Hoop Nature Reserve between Swellendam and Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, South Africa. As birding books available in this country contradict each other in amongst others descriptions, names and (unclear) illustrations PLUS the experience that known local birders sometimes have heated discussions about identification, etc. I decided not to mention the names.

Quinces

Although originating from South West Asia many people in this area think that the quince is native to this country (South Africa) but what can you expect in a country where even conservation officials and (local wannabe) politicians are not always well educated and approve the dump of asbestos and other hazardous materials in a nature reserve …. But whatever; the quince tree in our garden produces unattractive (for the eye) fruits but once these are peeled, cooked and blended they resemble the taste of a delicious apple sauce. Add a bit of cinnamon and it combines well with boiled potatoes and a steak. Bon Appetit!

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Deja Vu: The Caledon Botanical Garden

While tourists are, en masse, directed to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town by the tourism industry; real garden lovers from abroad (who did their own home work) prefer to go to a garden one-and-a-half hour East of the ‘Mothercity’. No tourist banter like coffee shops, restaurants and Made-in-China-shops but a real more natural enjoyment with stunning views and only plants that originate (endemic) from this region (Overberg). The garden is situated in the oldest (official) nature reserve of South Africa.

Going through my archive I re-discovered this wonderful garden.

Out of South Africa 9: Simmerville

Last year we went on a 4-week journey to Europe and Canada. It was for the first time since more than 11 years that we had a holiday ‘out of (South) Africa. We mainly visited family and friends but in between we took time to travel around a bit. With my Sony Cybershot 7.2 I shot a few thousand low resolution pictures (average 100 kB each) so don’t expect much high quality. For this serie of 10 I selected about 30 pics.

Today’s images were made in Simmerville; a small historical village in a nature reserve in the Northern province Friesland. It’s there we discovered some stunning design furniture.

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