Well halo there

The weird, pre-frontal weather continues here in Cape Town. Today, it’s 27oC with a gale force Northeasterly wind. There were already leaves everywhere, this being the end of the autumn, but now they’re all over the house as well.

And looking up, this huge halo around the sun. This isn’t because the sun is particularly angelic: it’s actually a fairly common phenomenon due to ice crystals in the earth’s upper atmosphere.

Halos around the sun or moon are said to be a sign of approaching bad weather, which fits for us in Cape Town today: indeed, I’ll be getting a quick braai in this evening, using some of the offcuts from the big wooden boat that our neighbour is building. And because these halos are due to the ice in high, thin cirrus or stratocirrus clouds, which do often appear before bad weather, this seems reasonable. However, high, thin cirrus or stratocirrus clouds can also appear before any other sort of weather too, so perhaps this phenomenon only portends stormy conditions when its observers choose to remember the times that it was actually accurate.

Quota canary

Zero sleep last night. Bit under the weather today (no, not that). And a busy evening.

So please accept a quota Cape Canary from the summer as today’s post.

It’s been a thoroughly miserable day in Cape Town today. Grey, damp and drizzly.
So, lazy though this is, it’s still nice to have a bit of colour on an otherwise dour day.

More tomorrow.

Speed Demon

I took my daughter along to a birthday party this afternoon. This was a karting party: a “Karty” then, if you will. And a great time was had by all. I took plenty of action shots of various kids going round the track, but given the other sporting things happening this evening, those will have to wait.

For the moment then, this photo of my daughter testing one of the tyre walls at the venue at reasonably high speed.

This image would have been better, but I was actually lining up a shot with the premise that she would be some distance more over to the left of the track as we’re looking, so I wasn’t quite ready for this.

And, by the look of it, neither was she.

Unedited Falcon

It’s been an amazing weekend away with my girl – some great father and daughter time – but we’re back now and we’re knackered.

I haven’t got the time or energy to work through 600+ photos at the moment, so here’s a quick shot from camera to phone to blog of a Rock Kestrel or Kransvalk that we spotted on our way back from this morning’s wander in Suiderstrand.

So… more to come at some point soon.