Align yourself with the fairest Cape

This week, share a photo with a composition dominated by lineshard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal, or made in nature or as part of a cityscape. As per the request of Cheri Lucas Rowlands of WordPress weekly photo challenge. Mon Cheri I have listened.

Last weekend a friend and I hiked a closed area of Table Mountain (with the necessary permit) known as Orange Kloof. This is a prime area of indigenous afromontane forest. But for my adventurous disposition the draw card was the potential access to 2 tunnels tunneled right through the 12 Apostles section of Table Mountain. The first completed in 1891 and the other in 1967. Unfortunately I have to reluctantly state that that is a story for a different day. The photos however were taken on this hike.

The first photo is a typical Constantia scene. A merger of urban and rural, city and and (up-scaled) vineyard farms. But it is also the most vivid I have seen the view towards Muizenberg mountain, which irregular shape contrasts the rest of the horizon being the straight parallel lines of land and sea. In chess that would be called an asymmetrical horizon.

In the foreground the vineyards forms a multitude of straight lines which distinctness varies due to the angle of the lens but all the cultivated land are vineyard blocks. Constantia is the area in which wine was originally produced in South Africa, but today it covers less than 1 percent of all vineyards used for wine cultivation in South Africa.

On the second photo the camera has zoomed in on my humble weekend abode (and then I woke up and my coffee was cold). I really tried to get more information about the architecture. But the waves brought me to among other things a coffee shoppe in Cape Town with the motto ” Death before Decaf” – must be a wonderful place. The waves? In my experience the term surfing the web has unfortunately been replaced with googling. I may be digressing (for the first time in my life). The cubic/rectangular characteristic of this magnificent house is repeated in the garden in front of it. I do know that it is not Cape Dutch architecture; maybe one of you can help me out with more information.

⇓This was a pump house to transfer water to Constantia via a pipeline in the beginning of the 1900s. Again a multitude of straight lines is seen due to the metal grid in the foreground and also the roof. While the grid’s lines are intentional the roof’s is coincidental as the lines are a by product of the strengthening process. Now I wonder if a crinkle cut chip can bear more weight than a straight cut chip. I must really do such a scientific experiment… It could win me a Nobel prize!

There is also a multitude other lines, door, floor, bricks, roof trusses and the various angles in the building. Who knows even Wally with his lined shirt may be hiding there. Looking close up at the grid, age and the elements have made the lines less straight than originally produced.

⇓The moss clad door and the scrabble-like grid is at the entrance to one of the tunnels. Just above this point the valley narrows to a meter wide and the water is forced through it. Some of the water is then relayed through the tunnel for me to drink it in my humble weekend abode…🏡

The continuous moisture forms a sub class of Afromontane forest(AMF) called Afro-Musci-Montane forest (AMMF). Don’t google that for confirmation; on 2nd thoughts do google that – it will bring you to my site. As you can see the AMMF is bordered by deep straight crevasses in order to keep unauthorized persons out. It is regularly patrolled by fierce looking soldier ants. You cannot be too careful in protecting these unique environments.

⇑I end off with the weekend abode of one of my friends. I stayed here weeks ago and wrote a post about it. This photo featured but I re-blog it here as it is a combination of all lines mentioned by Erica (hard or soft, straight or curvy, vertical or horizontal) . I do not think I could have been enjoy it more if I stayed in “my” weekend abode. For more photos of this amazing photogenic place please access the post and scroll down. While it is written in Afrikaans my photos, like love, is internationally understood.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

25 thoughts on “Align yourself with the fairest Cape

  1. Brilliant photographs as always. The ‘moss-clad door’ is a particularly interesting photograph clearly illustrating the succession of mosses and lichens. I do enjoy the lines of ‘your’ weekend abode – if only!

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    1. Thanks. I showed a colleague a photo of my weekend abode who said she wouldn’t to receive it as a gift to which I responded that a lot of money would need to be gifted as well for the maintenance thereof!


  2. 🙂 😦 : interpretasie – hier langsaan is ‘n soet suur glimlag.
    Moet dan nie na
    (verskeie hoeke vanaf Tafelberg)
    My tien gunsteling fotos op daardie tydstip van Kruger vakansue

    En ek dog Maroela betaal jou baie goed want jy is op ‘n laaaang vakansie 🙂
    Is dit ‘n vakansie of werk jy nou daar (en jammer as ek dit dalk mis gelees het maar ek sien nie aanduidings daarvan in jou blogs nie en ek is nie op facebook nie)
    En wat Instagram aanbetref die foto van jou van die 1952 brug moes jou ook nostalgies gemaak het.
    Baie mooi foto van jou en dit is nou ten spyte daarvan dat ek aanvanlik gedink het die brug is ‘n hoed 🙂


  3. When we were in SA we went to the top of Table Mt and we also had brunch on Sunday at Constantia Uitsig. It’s a beautiful area of your beautiful country. No one told us there was a 12 apostles there :-). Also BTW I just read Trevor Noah’s book Born a Crime which I really enjoyed. Have you read it? Is it as popular there as it is here?

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    1. Noah won the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award – a prize for South African booksellers’ favourite book. In other words the book which won him the most money. Thus affirmative! I have not read the book but seen various of his shows via television. Humour for thought.
      If you were on Table Mountain you would have seen the 12 Apostles. It is the series of buttresses facing the sea. If you are really spiritual you would be able to recognize Peter, John and James 🙂 🙂

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