Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kings Beach sun chair feature

The whole Kings Beach development has added more than just a lake to the beachfront landscape.  It also includes a number of features like this sun chair on the walkway.  Great to utilise if you want to snap a couple of pics of your loved ones. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Singing the South African National Anthem at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is getting the reputation of being one of the best stadiums in the country when it comes to singing the South African National Anthem before a rugby test match.  In 2011 before the All Blacks test we (and I say we as in Port Elizabethans) knocked over the proverbial cricket middle stump with a rendition of the anthem that is still talked about and followed it up with another cracker during the England test in 2012.  This week's Friday video goes back to that England test on 23 June 2012 with Coleske leading the way and the Springboks and their supporters carrying it through.  I specially like the fact that the broadcasters used some footage of the Great Flag on the Donkin Reserve as part of the anthem's broadcast.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bushbuck Trail Beacon

 

On my recent hike on the Bushbuck Trail in The Island Nature Reserve our turning point was a trig beacon near the western side of the reserve.  There wasn't much around the trig beacon except for the coastal bush to make a good photo out of it but I took one anyway.
 
I climbed to the top to have a look at the surrounding view and decided to take a shadow selfie with me and the trig beacon. Somewhat weird? Probably.  But don't judge me, selfies are the in thing nowadays.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Red Windmill - Then and Now

 
There was a time when the Port Elizabeth beachfront had some real iconic roadhouses.  Places like the Red Windmill, Something Good, Cashbah and Palm Beach (Flat Rocks).  Three of these are no more with the new Something Good still being there although slightly more advanced these days.  The Red Windmill Roadhouse used to be at Hobie Beach and is remembered for the neon lighting instructed you to “flick your lights for service”.  With the development of the area the roadhouse became an burger and ice cream shop with the same name situated below Barneys at the beachfront Boardwalk (not to be mistaken with the Boardwalk Complex).  These days its not even called The Red Windmill anymore with the name having changed not too long ago.
 
Although the roadhouse isn't there anymore, there is a still a Red Windmill standing close to its original spot.  These days its part of the Pro Dive Dive Centre but is still seen by everybody driving down Marine Drive.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spending the day eating in you pj's

Zebras will always be a favorite sighting on any game drive and even better if you get to see them up close like we did at Kragga Kamma Game Park recently.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Despatch's second entrance

Coming from Port Elizabeth side there are two entrances to Despatch.  At the first entrance there is a waterwheel while the second entrance, the lesser used of the two, there is a sundial.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Old Man's Beard

I'm sure most people have seen the lichen generally referred to as Old Man's Beard.  One sees quite a lot of it in the Tsitsikamma forest, but in this case I found it on the Bushbuck Trail in The Island Nature Reserve.  Usnea is the generic and scientific name for several species of fruticose lichen in the family Parmeliaceae, that generally grow hanging from tree branches and resembling grey or greenish hair.  It is often referred to as Old Man's Beard, but also called Beard Lichen, Tree's Dandruff, Woman's Long Hair, or Tree Moss.  Usnea grows all over the world and like other lichens it is a symbiosis of a fungus and an alga.

Like other lichens, Old Man's Beard often grows on sick or dying trees due to the pre-existing loss of canopy leaves, allowing for greater photosynthesis by the lichen's algae.  It is very sensitive to air pollution, especially sulfur dioxide so if you see it you know that the air is clean and pure.  Where the air is unpolluted, they can grow to 10–20 cm long.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Springbok reserve

Ever wondered where the Springboks that don't make the team hang out? 
Kragga Kamma Game Park, where else?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Promoting PE and the Eastern Cape... with Chinese subtitles

I came across this stunning video that was made in 2009 to promote Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape before the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Stunning landscapes, beautiful scenes, great activities and all right here in my home town and right on our doorstep.  AND with Chinese subtitles nogal.  Perfect for our weekly Friday Video Post.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Bushbuck Trail

After yesterday's post on hiking in The Island Nature Reserve somebody asked for a little more information on the trail.  The trail through the reserve is called the Bushbusk Trail and here is a little more information about it.
 
The Island Nature Reserve is located about 25 km from Port Elizabeth and is accessed via the Seaview Road.  The reserve forms a sub section of the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and comprises 480 ha of indigenous Alexandria coastal forest boasting tree species such as Outeniqua yellow-wood, white and hard pear as well as white milkwood.   Fauna include small blue duiker, bushbuck, vervet monkey and bushpigs with more than fifty species of birds having been recorded.  The reserve offers 5 different trails of various lengths and we decided to do a combination that had us cover a distance of about 10km.