Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Journey to Cape Town

I've neglected my blog for a long time- but I really want to do a few posts about my recent trip to Cape Town.  I was originally scheduled for a conference.  The conference was cancelled, but Leon and I have long wanted to see South Africa, so off we went.

The flight is reaaaaallly long.  We went via London with a travel time of 23 hours.  We arrived in Cape Town at 7 in the morning on a gorgeous sunny day. We checked into our hotel, and rather than napping to releive jet lag, we jumped right into our rented powder blue Fiat and headed east along the coast of False Bay.

There are spots to pull of of the road for whale viewing.  We didn't see any whales, but we did get a great introduction to fynbos (FEN-bows), the predominant native ecosystem in this part of South Africa.

A coupl1e of cool things about fynbos:  it's one of the most botanically diverse ecosystems on the planet and many of the plants are very familiar house and garden plants.  We saw tons of varieties of geraniums (actually pelargoniums) growing in their native habitats.

Of course there were also butterflies.  We didn't see many on this day. but I did get photos of the Burnished Opal, a South African specialty.

We spet the afternoon driving along the coast, strolling on the rocky shore and enjoying the sunshine, flora, and fauna.  It was an auspicious start to the trip.  Leon was even reasonably patient with me as I learned to drive on the left.

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At 08:37, Blogger Facing Traffic said...

I blogged steadily for three years.. then it fell off. It's hard getting back into it, but like with your trip, it's a good way to journal what's going on in your life. Welcome back.

At 09:57, Blogger robin andrea said...

I love seeing these pics of South Africa. It really is quite beautiful there. I am looking forward to more posts, Doug. Welcome back to blogging!

At 10:14, Blogger Harpers Keeper said...

Terrific photos. I look forward to seeing more of them here or in PV.

At 12:52, Blogger Homer said...

Patrick went to South Africa and came back with gorgeous pictures. I'd like to go someday.

At 18:11, Blogger Ur-spo said...

I was thrilled and pleased as punch to see you 'back in the saddle' as it were. I appreciated all the photos you posted on FB but this feels more cozy and descriptive.
I hope you will persevere.

At 14:11, Blogger Larry Ohio said...

The photos are terrific. I'd like to hear some of your stories. Perhaps a video blog entry?

Also if you need anyone to carry your bags next time, give me a call.

At 09:41, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Thanks for the warm welcome back! It was a wonderful trip. I've already put up the next installment. Unfortunately, I took very little video on this trip, though there is a little bit that may appear in future postings.

At 01:24, Blogger kentas mo said...

First of all I thanks to you for sharing your experience with us.I believe your trip awesome.The images are traffic.
Even I want to experience the lifetime journey of Cape Town.

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