Recently I was fortunate to attend the Chelsea flower show in London. In support of the event the local shops around Sloane Square and King’s Road decorate their windows in sumptuous displays of floral arrangements – the theme this year is Summer Love. It fits well with a gesture of thanks to the WP team for building a wide supportive community platform through the Daily Post and the weekly photo challenges. It opened up the opportunity of discovering other bloggers from all corners of the globe. To have the encouragement and lively interest of fellow bloggers through weekly support really makes the blogging experience. I was lucky too to meet with fellow ‘urban wildlife’ blogger Melissa Cooper while visiting New York and also stopping in Honnevag, Norway on the way to North Cape through reading Erica Haugli’s experiences.
The WPC has been a most worthwhile experience. Hope to continue seeing fellow bloggers through the ether.
WPC: Final Favourites
The tranquil sea beckons.
Perfect conditions for scuba diving.
Imagine the kelp forests, so cool and inviting.
A place of awe and wonder.
The octopus is a cunning camouflage artist and skilful hunter.
Krista poses the question this week: “If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?” Imagine a place – a “Stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off” kind of a place where you can escape the hurley-burley and be amazed and awed by a completely different world. False Bay here in the southern peninsula of Cape Town is a wondrous place, where the influence of two ocean currents – the warm Agulhas and the cold Benguela mingle and create a flourishing ecosystem.
It’s been a while since i dipped below the waters, but recently my interest is inspired through the marvellous Blue Planet II series where the episode the ” Green Seas” features the extraordinary creatures living in the kelp forest including the cunning behaviour of a smart octopus.
Sweet is the nectar that the little sunbirds and Cape sugarbirds enjoy flitting around the garden.
Fire ravaged vegetation_2015
Fire ravaged vegetation 20155
Vegetation regenerated 2018
Two different views comparing the barren landscape ravaged by fire with scenes showing the growth and colours of the regenerated vegetation.
Cape of Good Hope from Hoek van Bobbejaan.
This scene was an easy choice as my favourite shot of the year! It lacks in photographic technique and neither is it a good composition, but rather it speaks in an existential sense – a wild untrammelled spirit ; flying along, unfettered, free. It’s also unusual in that the Cape Mountain zebra are a species associated with mountains, and to have recorded this scene on the beach is (i think) a personal shot of a lifetime. I posted it after the devastating storm in June and wrote about it here.