Tag Archives: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Lookout Cheetah


This marvellous sculpture, entitled “Surveying Cheetah” stands in the middle of the steps going down into the Botanical Gardens at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town.

Everyone stops to admire it or pose by it for a mini photo shoot. I had to wait quite a while to capture the cheetah standing alone. However, I didn’t mind, because one of the admirers was a toddler, who caressed the bronze statue and then climbed up onto the plinth to get a better look!

You may remember an old post of mine called Fluidity, that shows another statue, with a cheetah trying to catch a buck leaping in the air.


The accomplished artist is Dylan Lewis, who has a sculpture garden in Stellenbosch.


post script: For those of you who like word play, the title can be read as either, “Lookout! There’s a cheetah!” or, “Here’s a cheetah, looking out over the savannah.” Your choice!





The sculpture says it all.

I love the movement captured here. Works of art appear and disappear all the time at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. I am very happy that this one has reappeared.

Sculpture by Dylan Lewis: worked in clay and cast in bronze.


Now That’s what I call a Bird Bath!

Bird Bath Kirstenbosch

Bird Bath Kirstenbosch

At the end of The Road Less Travelled in the Dell, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, you come across this delightful, bird-shaped bath. The water is icy! It would take a brave person to actually dip in it.

For more info try the SANBI website Colonel Bird’s Bath

The Road Less Travelled

The Dell - Kirstenbosch

The Dell – Kirstenbosch


 Careful on the stepping stones

Amidst the burbling stream,

Surrounded by tall shading trees

Just let your spirit dream.


While nature takes you back in time

With birdsong in the breeze,

And cares are carried far away,

Like whispers in the leaves.


Watch light-play on the ripples till

They mesmerise your mind

And as each sparkle dissipates

You feel yourself unwind.


Let water trickle through your hand

And take with it all thought,

Breathe deep from nature’s bounty and

Find solace that you sought.


Even on the hottest of days, the Dell at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, is always cool, quiet and still, providing a welcome respite from the heat, noise and bustle of civilisation.

post script: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost –

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both . . .

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.