Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Beautiful Cape

On our way home from the Black Sheep restaurant we went via Kloof Nek, which is a quick route home for us. It was such a beautiful hot and clear day so we stopped in the Glen and John took some photographs of the views. We often drive this way but, every now and then, it is good to stop and pay attention to the beautiful view of the mountains and the sea from here

As we left the Black Sheep, we saw this Pied Crow's nest in a building next door in Kloof Street

From the top of the pass at Kloof Nek, you get a very good aspect of the corner of Table Mountain and the Cable car, which is working well. The views from the top of the mountain are absolutely stunning. If you visit Cape Town, you must go up to see the different views of Cape Town and some of the Peninsula. The summit is 3563 feet, 1086 metres, above sea level, so you can see some of the curvature of the earth from there. You can get to the top by Cable car or do a slightly challenging walk up. But you need a clear day, a map, a cellphone, a partner, water, good shoes and warm jackets; the weather can change rapidly, especially as you go higher
A view of the blue, blue sea and Camps Bay beachfront, a very popular venue, on an early November day

Camps Bay and the coast road to Llandudno and Hout Bay, looking over The Glen
which has walks and picnic sites and is where you can find the Youth Hostel

The winding road round Lion’s Head leading down to Camps Bay, Clifton and back to town past Sea Point
The flat-topped stone pines are not indigenous, but are part of the view
From here you can take the walk up the Lion’s Head mountain
It is one of the few places where our indigenous silver trees (members of the protea family) grow
You can see some branches on the left of the picture

And how our mountain recovers from fire. This was the site of a small bush fire at the end of last summer, in February, on the slopes of Lion’s Head, just above Camps Bay and Clifton. And the fynbos is quick to recover, the bulbs of the Watsonia plants are not affected and this year there is a superb show where the fire was. Our good wet winter helped too, so you can see other plants reviving. And our Cape Proteas need fire to break open their seeds so more can grow
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