Architectural Art

My fascination with architectural photography is now expanded as I find new ways to depict images, drawing on the linear elements and greatly exagerating aspects of the tonal variations that one finds in architecture.  This is really good fun and the results are often stunning.  A few are shown below.  Most of the original images were taken in Melbourne.

A Family Gathering at Hermanus

We were lucky to have the entire family together when they all visited us for the weekend.  It was the first time that all the grandchildren had seen each other since our reunion at Oshoek and they had a ball.  Cricket on the lawn was a keenly contested event and the fish pond took its usual beating in the search for frogs.  Renee prepared some excellent meals, so we all ate well, to the accompaniment of too much beer and wine.  On Saturday night, Gill joined us for dinner and a game of charades, in which we had to act out the names of wine estates.  It was quite a challenge, with Druk-My-Niet proving to be the most difficult.

Other than that we had a good hike up the mountain with everyone barring Nicky, Tanja and Robyn, who elected to chill out at home.  Fishing in the rock pools at Bessie’s Beach and the New Harbour was also popular, whilst the moms went shopping and I took some photographs of Lexie, who always enjoys, and has a natural aptitude for modelling.

Sadly it all came to an end when the Knysnuts had to leave for home after lunch on Sunday, soon followed by the rest of the gang.  Our next reunion will probably be in Mauritius next Easter – certainly something to look forward to!

From Gansbaai to De Kelders

Dave Privett and Otto Boysen (both members of the Strandveld Voetslaaners walking group) were waiting for us when we arrived at De Kelders this morning for our 7½ kilometre hike along the coast.  They proved to be excellent guides and kept us entertained throughout with stories and facts about the area and its history.

Our walk started at Gansbaai Harbour, centre of a busy fishing industry and the the heart of the village.  We had a pleasant walk in cool weather along the coastal path until we stopped for tea at Stanford Cove.  Our next stop was at the Drip Cave in De Kelders.  The village derives its domestic water from the natural spring that formed this feature in the coastal limestone and the cave still has remnants of what must once have been spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.  Regrettably, most have been removed over the years by souvenir hunters.  The water in the cave runs at a constant 60l per second and has been dammed within the cave which was previously also used for swimming.

Three more caves were visited as we walked further north.  First came Gideon’s Cave (only 5 of our group ventured into it) followed by Duivelsgat, which necessitated some agile climbing over slippery rocks, and Klipgat, site of a well known archeological dig.  This has provided abundant evidence of human occupation over a period of around 40 000 years.  We all agreed that it was a really interesting and challenging walk!