Monday, July 28, 2014

Penguins on the diving board

I spent my 67 minutes of service in Nelson Mandela's name on Mandela Day at SAMREC in Cape Recife along with the team from Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.  In between helping out I got to pop around to the penguin pool and photograph these few guys contemplating hopping of the "diving board". 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Boardwalk Hotel seen from the pier

I mentioned the other day that I have finally started to Instagram now that I have replaced my Blackberry with a Samsung.  The day the phone was delivered to me I couldn't wait to take my first photo with it to post on Instagram.  I decided to take a walk across the road from the office and snap a picture of Hobie Beach and the Boardwalk Hotel from Shark Rock Pier.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shark Rock Pier and Hobie Beach on a winters morning

After a nice cold snap a week or two ago, we've had some beautiful weather this week.  Walking across the road from my office to a meeting at Blue Waters Café I couldn't help but to snap Shark Rock Pier at Hobie Beach on my new phone and Instagram it.  By the way, have I mentioned that I'm on Instagram now? No? Well if you are on Instagram, please look me up under FireflyAfrica and follow my photos there as well.

Friday, July 25, 2014

45 seconds of Nelson Mandela Bay activities video

I absolutely love the Discover Freedom destination marketing video used to promote Port Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela Bay.  This is a short 45 sec version covering activities in and around the city.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Arc of the 30th Meridian

I took the KidZ on a Geocaching outing over the weekend to find a cache called Arc of the 30th Meridian.  It's located close to a trig beacon in the Humble Ways private nature reserve on top of Lovemore Heights and is one of the oldest caches in Port Elizabeth.  In the picture Chaos Boy is signing the logbook while Drama Princess strikes a pose.

Map of Africa The trig beacon is one in a series of 26, which are the first set of historic astronomical stations measured in order to establish the groundwork of the Arc of the 30th Meridian.  The Arc of the 30th Meridian is a set of triangulation measurements effectively creating an arc from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt through the entire African continent.
 
The purpose of the measurement was to determine the size and shape of the Earth.
 
This beacon represents the Southern most point of a chain of triangles measured along the 30th meridian through Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Burundi,  Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan and ending near Cairo in Egypt.
 
Prior to 1999 the beacon was also the origin of the geodetic survey of South Africa.
The project was initiated by Sir David Gill, the Astronomer Royal at the Cape in 1879 and the final measurements were completed in the Sudan 1954.
The arc, known as the Arc of the 30th Meridian, can be connected across the Mediterranean Sea through Crete and Belarus to a similar arc measured through Europe terminating at North Cape in Norway.  The European arc is known as the Struve Arc and together these two arcs cover nearly 105º in latitude which is over 11650 Km in length.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Approaching storm

If locals didn't realize that it was winter yet, they were reminded a week or two ago when a big coldfront hit and temperatures plummeted.  Suddenly it was freezing outside for a couple of days before normal winters weather resumed.  I was driving back to the office when the coldfront passed over and snapped this pic from the beach at Bird Rock.   

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beachfront aloes

The aloes are in full bloom along the beachfront walkway past Pollok Beach and Pipe surf spot

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marine Drive on the Wildside

I think most Port Elizabethans take Marine Drive along the Wildside for granted.  I took a location scout from Cape Town that way last week and she was very impressed with the stunning views you get of the coastline from the road.  It may not be Chapmans Peak Drive, but it sure can be classified as a scenic coastal drive of note.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On top of Lady Slipper

Last weekend I decided to scale Lady Slipper west of Port Elizabeth for the first time...  No, I didn't do it up the front having to do rock climbing and the such.  I went up the back on the road leading to the Telkom tower at the top.  Lady Slipper has about 17 geocaches situated along the road and at the top so it was long overdue to make a trip up to the top.  I will have to go again though as I ran out of time and didn't get to find all of them.  This is the view looking east towards Port Elizabeth as I was approaching the tower at the top.  Unfortunately the wind was howling and the view not perfect, but I'm hoping to have a more perfect day next time I ascent. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Humble Ways bell

The bell outside the Humble Ways Chapel.  Humble Ways is a private nature reserve on Lovemore Heights and the perfect spot to go for a short walk to get away from it all yet still being less than a kilometers from civilisation.