Big birds, big eggs and childhood memories…..

Ostriches are very big birds that can’t fly…. But oh my word they can run very fast and they lay very big eggs….

I used to love to listen to the stories my mother told me about her childhood vacations on the Ostrich farm were her grandparents stayed. She told me how she and her nephew use to go play in the Ostrich penns. They were not aware that it was breeding season and got to close to the eggs. Mom told us that she never knew she can run that fast or jump over the fence….

When I was about 10 years old my parents took us to Oudtshoorn known for all it’s Ostrich farms. My mom also showed us were she spent her school holidays. I remembered that holiday as if it was yesterday. Sitting on the back of that big bird and feeding it. I found it very interesting that Ostriches eats stones well everything they can swallow to be honest. They really like shiny things too.

Ostrich eggs are very big and srong. One can stand on it and it won’t break. I would never believed it but I saw it with my own two eyes. One Ostrich egg equals 24 eggs and it is a taste to get use to. I personally love it especially when you make omelettes of it.

While visiting the Westcoast National Park last year for the first time I had the opportunity to take some awesome photo’s of the Ostriches in a field of yellow flowers.

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If you can dream it you can do it…..

Wrong turn to Mooimaak…

Well well my name will not be Coreen if I end up somewhere where I am not supposed to be….

On our way to Geelbek I saw a sign Mooimaak, well I took the turn off because there was no do not enter signs… It has been a while since I visited the park and thought may it’s a new road… Needless to say I was wrong it was a dead end and seems more for mountain biking….

I am very glad I took the turn off got some beautiful photos on this stretch of road…

As per tradition we always have a coffee break at Geelbek. This is also a good time to stretch our legs and well have a bathroom break.

Our next stop is Potsberg….

Our next stop: Seeberg Viewpoint

Hallo there hope everything is well on your end.

Our next stop while visiting The Westcoast National Park is Seeberg Viewpoint.

This brought back memories of our previous visit while mom was still alive… She loved coming to the park.

The wind was blowing and it was very chilly but that did not stop us from exploring. The views were extra beautiful with the grey sky and yellow blanket of flowers…

One observation I made during our stop at Seeberg was that the yellow flowers have taken over and only a few white, orange and purple flowers was spotted.

Dad and I talked about it and came to the conclusion that the yellow flowers must be more drought resistant…. Well that’s just our observation….

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…..

And they say we must support our local tourism….

Here in South Africa they keep urging us to please support our local tourism.

To be honest I would love to visit all the tourist attractions but with the state of our economy sadly I can not afford it. Not even as a single individual…

On Saturday I had to work at a birthday party at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Victoria Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town. I was fortunate enough that my entry ticket to the aquarium was included in the birthday package and paid for by my client. I only had to pay for my assistant’s (who is also my boyfriend) ticket.

Very excited to have the opportunity to spend the day in the Waterfront and Aquarium we got up early to beat the traffic to Cape Town. We wanted to make the most of the day. I bought one ticket for the aquarium. The last time I visited the aquarium was in 2012. The price of the ticket doubled in price since then.

I do understand that upgrades, maintenance of buildings, care for animals and plants, salaries and so on costs allot but why can’t they at least give the Capetonians or even South African citizens a cheaper rate. Do they even realize how many South African citizens turn around and leave when they see the entry fees. If they make it affordable for us they will attract much more feet….

Now I am not only talking about the Aquarium but most of the tourist attractions are just too expensive for a family of 4 and when we as blended family go out we talk about 3 adults 2 teenagers and 1 child. A day at the Aquarium for example would work out R870 for entrance, approx R1200 for meals, cooldrinks and snacks. Then there is still parking that needs to be paid for another R40+ and last but not least fuel to get to your destination….. If you add it all up it comes around to over R2200 just for a few hours at the waterfront. It’s shocking and that is why most of South Africans will rather stay at home and spend the money on something they need.

Okay okay enough of the gloomy but true stuff. Let me tell you about our day at the Aquarium….

While waiting for the party to start I took photos of the birthday table and the decorations.

We then headed outside to look at the seals lying in the sun.

Shortly after the party started they told us we can head to the entrance of aquarium. We are going to watch a puppet show…

They did quite a few upgrades to the aquarium. Added a few new exibits and a few are still a work in progress. There were fewer fish in the exhibits than I remembered from my previous visits to the aquarium.

The boys and I used to visit the aquarium on a weekly basis when they were still small and did not pay an entry fee. I got myself a one year subscription and later on I got a family deal and we visited the aquarium at least once a month.

All the photos in this piece was taken with my Huawei P10. I will share my other photos taken with my camera in another blogpost.

Well I must say goodbye for now. Need to go do some editing……