The Octopus’s Garden

 

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.

WPC: Rather

 

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Growth

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.

WPC: Growth

WPC: Favourite

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.

 

 

 

A Bouquet

Dear Readers,

Thank you for the wonderful support through another year of blog posts.  Your continued interest and comments are so appreciated.  This year whisked by all too quickly unfurling through the seasons and nature’s bewitching patterns.  Unexpected events too – fire, storms and the continuing drought all added to the drama.   Hope you’ll hop on board for a ride through next year’s stories revealing the wildlife characters living at the foot of Africa, here on this wild side of the southern reaches of the Cape Peninsula.

Wishing one and all a wonderful year ahead, and here’s hoping you may imbibe healthy doses of nature outdoors and be inspired:  “Carpe Diem” !