Sunday, August 2, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

Flooding in the lower Baakens Valley

July has been wet... and cold.  Over the last few weeks we've had a lot of rain in Port Elizabeth and last weekend the Baakens River broke it's banks again in the lower valley as it often does after this kind of rain.  Check out the video by the Herald showing the water right up to the buildings on Lower Valley Road. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Arriving visitors

As one who works in the tourism industry I love seeing planes flying in over the Port Elizabeth beachfront.  I don't just see it as a plane going to the Port Elizabeth Airport.  I see it as visitors coming to Port Elizabeth to experience this beautiful place and everything it and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sand sledding at Colchester

The Sundays River Ferry recently launched the newest activity to add to the area's diverse mix of  things to do.  Sand Sledding.  Sand sledding is an easier option than sand boarding as you don't have to worry about keeping your balance or falling hard.  The experience starts with a cruise down the Sundays River on the ferry before hitting the dunes.  The boards are custom made and resembles snow sleds.  The instructor shows you exactly what to do and believe me, it can be done by anybody.  The oldest person in the group when I was there was 76 years old and he did it without any hassle.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Empty beach in winter

Pollok Beach, empty on a winters morning except for the guy in red way in the background

Monday, July 27, 2015

Golden morning

In Afrikaans there is a saying, "Die mĂ´restond het goud in die mond" which is the same as "The early bird catches the worm."  The Afrikaans one has more relevance to this picture.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stadium view from the beach

You know how it can happen that you see something every day without registering that you've actually seen it.  A good example is a fading sign outside a building.  You don't always realise its faded until somebody points it out to you and you have a proper look.  Well, I think the view of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from the beachfront is one of those.  How many people actually notice the stadium beyond the harbour when they are walking along the beachfront walkway? Next time you do, stop for a second and have a look.  I bet you didn't quite remember that its visible from there. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Afternoon rainbow

Its been a cold and wet week with close to a 100 mm of rain that has already fallen.  Friday saw a break in the clouds before the next cold front hits us for what seems to be a wet weekend.  On our way home yesterday afternoon the KidZ spotted a full rainbow streaking across the sky and as I drove down our street the one end disappeared behind the houses at the bottom.  I grabbed my camera and just snapped this picture when it started raining again. Stay warm my friends.

Friday, July 24, 2015

I made the newspaper today

I am very stoked today after being featured in an article in the Afrikaans newspaper, Die Burger.  It's actually the second time I make the paper in two weeks after the article about the launch of Travel Massive Port Elizabet last week.  This article is about me though and my blogging along with the fact that The Firefly Photo Files was runner-up in the African Blogger Awards' Photography category. Travel blogging is huge in the Western Cape and Gauteng while in the Eastern Cape tourism products are only starting to tap into the exposure that blogs, along with the social media that goes with it, can give them.  Anyways, this post isn't about educating people about the benefits of blogs, its to brag a bit with the article.

Thursday, July 23, 2015