What to do when your son is invited to a birthday party on that side of the mountain and you have a couple of hours to kill? Head down to the local beach and take some photos, of course.
It wasn’t the best day weather-wise, so the photos must reflect the drama and the moodiness of the prevailing conditions. White sand, grey skies, black mountains: it was almost monochrome, so that’s what I worked with. I’ve only had chance to edit and upload a couple of images so far, but this one defines the afternoon quite nicely:
I have ordered a new ND filter for the camera, but I won’t actually get it until June (it was 4x more expensive in SA than in the UK, so I’m picking it up when I get over there). In the meantime, I’m limited (even on grey days like today) to 1/8″ – so that sea should be smoother. Still, I do kind of like it.
I’ll pop a link up to the other images I took today once there’s something to actually link to. Aaaaaand… it’s here!
Hout Bay. Not my favourite place. An over-rated, smelly tinder box. I could go on, but I’ll get myself into trouble. I may have already done that.
Still. Nice harbour. From on high, at least.
I wanted to do some flying today – mainly to try out the new modes on the Mavic – but there’s cricket on the school fields and it looks like the new modes probably require the sort of space that my back garden doesn’t have.
Oh, and quota photo today because I’m busy trying to work out how best to get Premiere Pro CC 2018 without spending an absolute fortune, and it’s braai tyd this afternoon and there may be beer involved. Safety first, then.
Here’s a Cape Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) togged in the harbour at Hout Bay the other day. Obviously, this isn’t all of it – just its head. I have good reason to believe that the rest of it was attached to the head though. You’ll just have to imagine what lies below the waterline (body, flippers, aquatic unicycle etc).
Wikipedia has some interesting information on the nomenclature of the Cape Fur Seal.
The Brown Fur Seal, also known as the Cape Fur Seal, South African Fur Seal and the Australian Fur Seal, is a species of Fur Seal.
A species of Fur Seal, you say? If only those naming variations somehow reflected that.
In fact, stating the obvious seems to be de rigueur when it comes to Fur Seal facts. Here’s arklive.org:
The female brown fur seal is browner than the male, but still has a dark brown belly.