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 Cape Town, SA Floréal House Photo Journal
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Limo Service
Ralph, our wonderful tour guide, picked us up at the airport and transported us to Floreal House, our bed and breakfast for the duration in Cape Town. With the exception of our whale watching, Ralph transported us everywhere. Do not assume your tour guide is proficient on your camera. Make sure they know how to use it and check the results.

The Floréal House, our bed and breakfast, is a large, rambling, turn of the century house with squeaky hardwood floors, and old world charm.

Cape Town Skyline
Our view of Cape Town from the Floréal house.

Typical architecture of the region.

Street Market
Typical street Market of the coastal region.

Pretty Houses
It is said that the original inhabitants were illiterate and painted their houses different colors to distinguish them from the rest.

Street View
Another view of the colors.

Seat of Power
A view of the Cape Town municipal building.

Township View
These townships are constructed by the poor of salvaged building materials. The government is building housing and tranferring the poor from the townships, but there are many poor and many towships. This township is beside the expressway south of Cape Town.

Rugged coastline with cliffs 1000 feet high are common south of Cape Town.

We visited an Ostrich Preserve which was very large with many birds.

This bird was kind enough to pose for Lynne. Perhaps it was hoping for a handout?

I took this shot of Lynne and Karen at the Ostrich Preserve, while they were taking a shot of Ralph and me.

Lynne took this shot of Ralph and me.

Lynne took this close up of a curious bird.

I took this shot across the various holding pens.

This beautiful Protea was beside the entrance to the Ostrich Preserve.

I what species of goose this is, but they remind me of the Hawaiian Nene.

This Ostrich was displaying along the road on the way to the Cape of Good Hope.

Photo looking South/Southeast from the Cape of Good Hope lighthouse.

Glossy Starling - These birds have brilliant eyes and seem to be everywhere.

Photo looking South/Southeast from the Cape of Good Hope lighthouse.

Photo looking East from the Cape of Good Hope lighthouse.

Photo looking South/Southeast from the trail to the Cape of Good Hope lighthouse.

The terrain and rocks around the cape show brilliant natural colors in the stone.

Landscape photo about halfway between the lighthouse and the parking lot.

Portrait photo about two-thirds of the way between the lighthouse and the parking lot.

This bird appears to belong to the Cape Cormorant clan. If it is, none of the pictures I found do it justice.

Photo of a cliff nesting site where the birds were depositing the weeds they were picking.

Good example of the cape's rocky coastline north of the lighthouse.

Another example of the cape's rocky coastline north of the lighthouse. A lone Gull in the fore ground and scads of cormorants in the background.

Karen poses for a photo by the kilometer marker at the lighthouse. This point is a long way from the part of the world we know.

Lynne and Rick pose for a photo by the kilometer marker at the lighthouse.

Lynne and Karen pose for a photo on the eastern side of the lighthouse.

If you look closely, there is a small beautifully colored Bee-eater in the center of the photo.

A busload of people were toasting and having their picture taken at the cape geographic position marker when we arrived.

Finally, we posed our busload for a group photo. The language on the right marker is Afrikaans.

Another shot of the rocky coast and the many shore birds.

Our guide, Ralph, was amusing himself immensely while trying to operate the cameras.

Several places we saw baboons along the road playing and grooming.

This very young male is ready to expand the baboon population.

This South African penguin, fka Jackass penguin, was marching back and forth trying to find a good place to get down from the rocks.

The pink coloration on the face seems to be unique to this type of penguin.

This guy is still trying to climb down the rocks.

Just a stroll on the beach.

A better shot of this beautiful penguin.

This pair are standing in front of their habitat built fiberglass igloo.

Enough of this laying around and squawking. I'm going for a swim. You must see it to believe how fast they can swim.

The youngsters are molting into their adult coats.

The botanicals of South Africa are like Hawaii on steroids.

Karen is walking on the farside of this reflection pool.

Mountains, fruit trees, and gorgeous flowers are everywhere. This is early spring and the best is yet to come.

Fantastic Proteas abound.

Huge clusters of Bird of Paradise bloom everywhere.

Plants grow everywhere, even on the walls of this ampitheater.

If you look closely, there is a small beautifully colored Bee-eater in the center of the photo.

UNTAMED, an absorbing and thought provoking year-long exhibition, is now open at Kirstenbosch. It is a collaborative project between sculptor Dylan Lewis, architect Enrico Daffonchio, psychologist, psychiatrist Ian McCallum and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

One of several grand pieces in the UNTAMED exhibit.

This beautiful piece of work looks like a leopard and a Bushbuck frozen in time.

An Ibis roaming the gardens.

The Cheetah Preserve
This regal fellow was surveying his kingdom.

There were other cheetah, but not as photogenic.

There was also a facility for birds of prey.

We visited several vinyards and sampled their wares. We took some nice bottles of Pinotage home with us.

Since it is early spring the vines have just begun to sprout their spring growth.

Without exception, the vinyards were grand and beautiful places.

We had lunch at the vinyards cafe and restaurant.

Two goats were kept at this vinyard.

A courtyard at one of the vinyards we visited in the Shellenbosch region.

The day we went whale watching we had lunch at an interesting restaurant in a cave facing the ocean in Hermanus. On good days, the tables out on the rocks were also occupied. They clear out rather quickly when the surf is up.

Another view from our table showing the level below us.

I got this shot of a Right Whale breeching from our restaurant table.

After they breech they often wave their tails.

On our last day in Cape Town we visited Table Mountain. In my mind, I envisioned something like the mesa on Petit Jean Mountain, AR. Table Mountain, on the whole, is relatively flat, but nature was violent here.

The long ride up the cable car puts the height of the mountain into perspective.

This shot is looking east toward the ocean. The north face is in a cloud bank.

This shot is looking south.

This shot is looking northwest. We are above the clouds.

Karen pauses for a picture. There are many trails and scenic overlooks.

Looking back toward the coffee shop and cable car station from the central trail, you can see how rough nature has been.

Karen and Lynne are walking the central trail west.

This view is looking southeast.

Back at the shops at the Cape Town docks.

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