Category Archives: Cape Town

Time for Tea

Tea Time

Take a break in your busy day.

Have a cup of tea under the trees at your local vineyard.

Vineyard

On the way home, stop to admire the view of distant mountains;

And grape vines just starting to show their lime green leaves.

Dream of all the proto-wine in the making.

 

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Orange

Orange Plane

I thought you might like to see one of our smaller planes here in SA.

I love the bright orange Mango aircraft; offering a similar service to eg Ryan Air or Easy Jet.

I like how the plane complements our orange African sunset.

 

post script: I took this photo with my camera phone at Cape Town airport last July, as I awaited my evening departure on a much larger BA plane to London.

 

Pink Moon

Sunset/Moonrise

We get the pinkest of skies here in Cape Town in winter. A subtle hue spreads evenly across the sky as the sun thinks about setting.

You have to be quick to catch this tint though, as the sun sets so rapidly that suddenly all colour is gone.

To add a little glamour to the scene, a sliver of a moon shines out in the pinkness.

You noticed it without the title, right?

 

And if you want to know what a Blue Moon is, check out my post Blue Moon!

 

Radiant

Poinsettia Sunset

Radiant

A typical winter’s evening

Sun sinking to the horizon

Blasts out one last burst of light

Golden leaves irradiated as a backdrop

Highlight the reddest of red Poinsettia

Christmas Rose mid-winter bloom

Splendid splash of scarlet

In the coldest months

Alleviates the dull green hues

Of a Cape Town garden

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post script: To achieve the best effect on the photo, turn the brightness up on your device. 

 

Winter Skies

Winter’s Day

Sunrise on a cold winter’s day.

This is my neighbour’s tree, which I love because it is the only one near me that is deciduous and waves its bare branches in the pink winter skies.

Most of my trees are evergreen, like my Eugenia. My large Syringa will eventually shed all its leaves, but at the moment it’s still looking very green. It better get a move on though, as the sun is starting to come back already!

Syringa

And it’s only chilly until the sun rises higher in the sky, then, barring any storm fronts heralding gales, the day rapidly warms up.

Winter is mild here in Cape Town.

 

The Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice 1

Yes, it is officially the Winter Solstice down here in Cape Town. This is our shortest day with the longest night.

Apart from it being a little chilly now and then, when a cold front all the way from the Antarctic sweeps over us, you wouldn’t know it was winter just by looking outside.

Winter Solstice 2

It still looks sunnier here than most summer days in the northern hemisphere, where, yes, you have your Summer Solstice right now; longest day and shortest night.

Winter Solstice 3

All I could wish for really, is some rain!

 

Confusion

Grapevine 1

Peeping out from seemingly dead branches, a few new leaves sprout on my grape vine.

You can still see the remains of last season’s bunches of grapes.

Grapevine 2

My grapevine normally only comes alive again after winter, when it suddenly bursts forth with bright green leaves all over the vines, in October.

The grapes ripen over the summer months, becoming large green bunches ready for picking towards the end of summer, in February.

Grapevine 3

I’ve no idea why my grape vine got confused.

Doesn’t it know it’s winter here in Cape Town, with more storms on the way?

Maybe it was too much sun a while back?

And we all know that only Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun!