Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sundays River Mouth

We've all driven past the Sundays River at Colchester while on the N2, but have you ever wondered what the river mouth look like.  I can't say that I have actually been to the river mouth before, but I have seen it from the top of the dunes at Colchester.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wildsfees performance

The Radio Kalahari Orkes rocking the the ABSA Kirkwood Wildfees stage on the first night of the festival.  Click this link to read my whole full post about the festival on The Firefly Photo Files.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wildsfees crowd

It's amazing to experience a festival where there are between 20 000 and 30 000 people (I haven't seen the official numbers yet) through the gates on one day.  That is what happened at the ABSA Kirkwood Wildsfees on Saturday and going by the reaction of the artists I don't think they get to perform in front of those kind of numbers every day.  This was still early the afternoon but once the big name artists started to go on stage the crowd really came alive.  We needed to keep warm as well.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Wildsfees stage was a winner

This past weekend the ABSA Kirkwood Wildsfees took place in the Sundays River Valley (note how I didn't say Kirkwood as I thought the name is quite obvious).  The Wildsfees has really become a serious contender as a "not to be missed Afrikaans music festival" with all the fringe actives and obligatory stalls and entertainment added on.  The highlight of the weekend is the music on the main stage with some of the best and most highly rated Afrikaans artists in South Africa on offer.  This post is basically to highlight the actual stage.  It, along with the big screens and sound attachments are HUGE stretching close to 50 meters from side to side.  Throughout both Friday and Saturday (we didn't stay for the Sunday as both us and my wallet was seriously festivaled out by Sunday morning) the artists kept commenting how impressed they were with the stage and especially the sound.  Kurt Darren even commented how this is the first time in ages that he went on stage for a show without doing a sound check and the sound was perfect.  Makes supporting a festival like this even more worth it. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Slipway at dusk

The old Humewood slipway is one of the city's landmarks  that often pop in in photos of the beachfront.  Oh look, it just popped up again.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Kings Beach sunset

If you are on the beachfront in Humewood one tends to think that east is directly over the bay and west is then behind you (if you are facing the bay).  The curve of the beachfront is slightly deceptive with west actually being to the left which means that the sun goes down over the city centre. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

There's a glow in the waves again

There seems to be a little bit of red tide in the bay at the moment going by this video by Jared Cassidy showing up so bioluminescent on the beachfront earlier this week.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sundays River

The view from the top of the dunes at Colchester is amazing.  On the one side you look down on the Sundays River flowing down towards Algoa Bay while the view the other way is across Algoa Bay towards Port Elizabeth with St Croix Island in-between.
The Sundays River is said to be the fastest flowing river in South Africa.  It was originally known as the Nukakamma (Grassy River) by the Khoisan because the river's banks are always green and grassy.  The river has it's source in the Compassberg mountains (the highest mountain in the Eastern Cape) near Nieu-Bethesda.  From here it flows past Graaff-Reinet in a horse shoe, through the Karoo, the Zuurberg Mountains, past Kirkwood and Addo in the fertile Sundays River before getting to this point about 40km east of Port Elizabeth.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Observing the little things

How often do you go for a walk in nature and not really notice the little things?  I think the answer is "quite often".  You may notice the flowers or berries in general, but very rarely stop to have a closer look.  A Sunday afternoon caching walk with Drama Princess had her nearly walk away from me as I kept stopping and having a closer look.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Paddle ski at sunset

Paddling along the beachfront on a beautiful winters afternoon just before sunset