West Coast National Park: Seeberg Birdhide.

As we entered the park from the Langebaan entrance our first stop is the Seeberg Birdhide.

Over the past few years visiting the park one notice the change in scenery. I love walking on the walkway and capturing my surroundings.

But that day we were not able to leisurely strole down the wooden walkway as always. It started raining. We were very happy about the rain though. Our dams in the Western Cape was at a critical low before the winter and we needed every drop of water we could get.

From a photographers point of view. A cloudy day always makes beautiful photos and the light is perfect. Only down side was the flowers did not open until it was a bit warmer…. But I still had the beautiful landscapes…..

I hope you enjoyed your walk with us. Our next stop will be The Seeberg lookout…..

Was it just coincidence?

If you go back a few posts I talked about visiting The Two Oceans Aquarium in the Victoria Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Well I am busy editing the photos, yes I know it’s been a while back but life is very busy on this end…

I came across these photos of the octopus and remembered how it moved along with my boyfriend. When he stood closer to the glass the Octopus also moved towards the glass. He then started moving his finger around against the glass the Octopus followed his finger with his one tentacle. It was very entertaining. When we moved on to the next exhibit we were talking about it and I am still wondering if it was a coincidence….

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/204 – Sleeping Beauty

Today I had to hear that Ogies Armand’s cat is a famous model. According to him she already had two photo shoots and are just to beautiful for words. 🙂

Here is our famous model getting her beauty sleep….

Ogies getting her Beauty sleep

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/191 – Waiting for further orders.

Dog waiting for his/her owner

I just love this photo. When I saw the dog in the middle of the road waiting for his/her owner I just saw a photo opportunity.

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/189 – Little Frog at Sandbaai

Little frog

Hubby and I went for our walk and stopped by one of the pools of water. You could hear the frogs but you could not see them.  Then hubby caught one for me so that I could take a few photo’s of it. I don’t know what type of frog it is all that I know is that out off that small body comes a beautiful loud noise.

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/122

Just look at our new house guest.  A Rain spider.

I know it’s big and looks scary but it is totally harmless. LOL okay I must be honest I don’t know if I would be calm if it walks over my hand in the dark. It might get some flying lessons and my blood pressure may hit the roof…

I wonder if he or she is afraid of us too?

Here are some more information on the Rain Spider I got it from a site called  Africa’s Most Dangerous Spiders

“The Rain spider is brown, enormous and by default somewhat terrifying. It could give you a heart attack if you’re scared of spiders, but technically they’re quite harmless. Their legs can span more than 3 inches and are hairy to boot. Their bodies are smooth and plump. While they can bite, their venom is relatively weak and a human will recover in a matter of days. The females will get very aggressive while defending their eggs. Rain Spiders hunt at night and sleep during the day. They’re called Rain Spiders in Southern Africa because they tend to be more active just before and after it rains. In South Africa it’s very common to have these spiders move into your home just before the summer rains.”

Rain Spider, Kraaifontein, South Africa
Rain Spider Black & White
Rain Spider

 

 

 

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/99

My photo of the day for 8 July 2012 is a little Meerkat from the Emoya Estate.

The little critter was just to quite. While visiting in Bloemfontein for the weekend Maryke took us to Emoya.

We spotted the little Meerkat with a bell around his neck. As we walked it followed us everywhere we go. It was just to cute and entertaining. I took allot of photo’s of the little critter but will share that with some more information of Emoya.

Meerkat at Emoya
Meerkat at Emoya in Black and White

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/92

My Photo of the day for 1 July 2012 was taken on our way to Alpine Heath in the Drakensberg.

When we turned of to Alpine Heath, Siabonga stood along the road with little clay animals. They sell it for food. I bought myself a Rhino. More photo’s of our day on the road at a later stage.

Siabonga with his clay animals
Siabonga in Black & White

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/78

My photo of the day for yesterday was Minky our Corn snake.  It took me more than a year to get use to her. The kids always love teasing me with her and they just loved it when I jump up and scream when they bring her near me. Then one day I decided I better make friends with Minky. Please don’t get me wrong I will not take her out of her cage but when hubby goes away I need to clean her cage and for this I needed to start trusting her.

Minky is not aggressive at all and now and then when hubby needs to clean her cage and the boys are not around I will hold her but only in my hands and my arms are covered. I hate the feeling of her going  over my skin. Some days I’ll sit in front of her cage and watch her. When she needs to shed her skin she is so dull and her eyes are gray. She shed her skin not long ago just look how gorgeous her colors are.

Here are a photo of her eating her dead mouse. I don’t like it if they give her food that is alive…

Minky feeding
Feeding in Black & White
Nearly finished

Project 365 Photo a day 365/19

Today I am introducing Arnie my mom’s long legged Fox terrier and Buddie’s brother.

As a child my mom had a long legged Fox terrier (his name slipped my mind) she talked about him allot so my hubby and I decided to get her one for Mothers day one year.  My mom and dad went to Arniston  for the Mothers day weekend and when she got back we gave her puppy to her.  Arnie got his name from Arniston.  Arnie is my mom’s dog but he loves my father to bits.

When Arnie had to start sleeping outside because he was old enough he barked allot some nights it went on for hours and then when everyone is up and getting ready for work he would go and sleep. I think he barked at his own shadow to.

Every time my parents car drove off  Arnie would start howling and it will go on for a few minutes. In the beginning we thought he was howling because it’s my parents, but one day I borrowed their car and my mom said he did the same.  I don’t know why he started doing it it’s not like he is alone.  Then when the car returns the howling begins again.  My parents are bribing him now with treats.  Every time when they go out they give him a treat and then when they drive off he is still busy eating…. Clever dog….

Arnie taking over the chair.