Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
When I had a look at the pics just now I wondered what it will look like in sepia. And this is what came out of it. I actually like the sepia view. It gives it a certain atmosphere (I don't know what kind, but it does have something to it).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The White rhino is bigger than the Black rhino, is found on open plains and is a grazer, while the Black rhino is more aggressive, live in the bush and is a browser. The White rhino, as a grazer, is more hunched over as it eats from the ground. Its lips are wide (hence the original name) so that it can grip more grass at a time while the black rhino is more upright, has a pointed upper lip and jaw for browsing.
A rhino will always go back to the same place to do his thing. You will find dung middens all over a rhino's range. It's part of the way he marks his territory.
An interesting fact bout rhino and their young is that the White rhino lets her baby run in front of her while a Black rhino lets her baby run behind. That's because in an open field the White rhino is running away from danger so she protects the baby from behind, while a mother Black rhino is leading the way through the bush and will protect her baby in case there is something lying waiting. Now how to remember this? Please don't accuse me of stereotyping, racism or anything else that's nasty but here is the easy way. Traditionally a black woman in Africa will carry her baby tied to her back with a blanket while an European (white) woman will push her baby in front in a pram. Ok, so modern black women also push their babies in prams, but its just a way for the layman to remember the fact. But let me stop before I get thrown with a high heel shoe or a sandal.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This plant I stuck next to the front door in the corner and just kept on watering once a week or so. I couldn't even remember what she said it was. This afternoon when I came in my eye caught something in the pot. I just thought it was a piece of plastic that blew into the plant. It bothered me so I went back to pick it out and to my surprise found that it was the plant flowering. I immediately went to grab my camera to get a couple of shots of it. Blogging material, you know.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Porcupines are nocturnal animals that live in burrows. The forage at night, alone or in pairs. They eat plants, but will gnaw on old bones. They have long hair on their head and shoulders while their backs are covered with black and white quills. Up to three young are born in summer and they are widespread throughout South Africa except for the north west coastal area - The Wildlife of Southern Africa
Monday, December 8, 2008
We found a dead jellyfish on the dry sand which I picked up with a stick and dropped on the wet sand. They were all over him in such a flash you won't believe it. It seems that they use what looks like a tentacle or tongue to eat with. The green on the shells is algae.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
No only if somebody can tell me if this hairy spiky dude is what turns into the little orange butterfly or was it just coincidence that I found him in there as well.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Seal Point Lighthouse was built in 1878 and is situated about 100km west of Port Elizabeth. The Bay itself was named St Francis Bay after the patron saint of sailors and travellers by the the first Portuguese explorers who came into the area in the late 1400's.
The village of Cape St Francis started out as a fishing village in the mid 1900's. After the discovery of the ideal surfing conditions in the area as featured in the surfing movie "Endless Summer", the area became very popular with surfers and later also holiday makers.
The character of the light is once every five seconds with an intensity of 2 750 000 candelas and a range of 28 sea miles.
You can see other posts with the Cape St Francis Lighthouse here and here.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Most Aloes have a rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves are often lance-shaped with a sharp end and a spiny edges. Aloe flowers are tubular, frequently orange, yellow, pink or red and are densely clustered.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Looking to the west the moon was flanked by two bright stars. To the left and slightly above the moon was Venus, the evening star, and below to the right was Jupiter.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Her lifelong exposure to the fine crushed glass she used to decorate her walls and ceilings caused her eyesight to start failing in 1976. She committed suicide in 1976 by ingesting caustic soda, aged 78.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The six metre high bronze statue depicts him doing his very famous "Madiba shuffle". As I have mentioned before, I live in Port Elizabeth which is part of the metropolitan area of Nelson Mandela Bay. It is the only town or city in South Africa that was allowed to take use his name.
Both in South Africa and internationally, Mandela's opposition to apartheid made him a symbol of freedom and equality for many. However, the apartheid government and various other nations condemned him and the ANC as communists and terrorists.
Following his release from prison on 11 February 1990, Mandela, supporting reconciliation and negotiation, helped lead the transition towards multi-racial democracy in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, many have frequently praised Mandela, including former opponents.
Mandela has received more than one hundred awards over four decades, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He is currently a celebrated elder statesman who continues to voice his opinion on topical issues. In South Africa he is often known as Madiba, an honorary title adopted by elders of Mandela's clan. The title has come to be synonymous with Nelson Mandela.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Some of the interactive displays are a racing simulator, a new VW Beetle being cut in half, general knowledge consuls and a green screen behind an old Beetle. The museum is well worth a visit for both young and old. In actual fact I have seen kids looking quite bored while the fathers were having a great time. I have had the pleasure to visit a couple of times and always enjoy the visit. I think its time for me to take Chaos Boy (I just need to tie his hands behind his back) to have a look at the cars.