Every Thursday morning I get up with the birds. I put my backpack on my back, lace my boots and make sure my camera battery is fully charged. Thursday is hiking day. It has been for the past year of my life and probably will be till the day that I have to accept that old age has caught up with me. I can't believe all the beauty that I've discovered in this past year has always been right here, under my nose. I'd like to share some of my experiences, as seen through my camera lens, with you. Who knows, you might be inspired to go out and buy yourself a pair of hiking boots as well...

January 2011 - Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Leopards? Nooo....!

Last Thursday we hiked the Klein Drakenstein mountain (1047m), just outside the town of Paarl. We were blessed with beautiful weather - windy at times, but nonetheless a stunning day. To say that I was BUSHED at the end of the day is an understatement! It really was a hectic climb, made worse by the fact that I really was not very fit! Incredible how quickly your body reverts to 'couch potato' mode if you stop exercising!

The company and scenery was wonderful as usual - as the pictures clearly show! We missed our first 'swallow', who has already left for Germany. There are a few such 'swallows' in our little group - those who follow the sun for a couple of months once our African winter starts.

One of the most interesting things to look out for below is the photo where one can clearly see the scratchings of a leopard against a tree. Amazing! It seemed rather fresh and I couldn't help but look over my shoulder every now and again! A while back a permanent camera captured some of these amazing creatures next to that exact tree - I'll try and source one of those for my next post.

This is Africa after all!

Tomorrow we're off to a wine farm for an easy 5km walk, followed by a wine tasting and lunch next to their dam.

Just another lousy day in Africa!

Here one can spot the leopard scratchings - the brown round spot on the main trunk - will post close-ups with the next post together with the webcam photo of the actual leopard at this actual tree.

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog! Your photos are wonderful and your posts informative. The leopards marks on the tree look pretty scary and big!
    Regards, Mari



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