Burgers Pass – Montague

I love travelling at the best of times but passes are the cherry on the top. The Burgers Pass is no exception. Burgers pass is just outside Montagu in the Western Cape.


And it looks like this looking back.


Looking forward, it looks like this. Not too impressive.

This is the approach. Doesnt look like much does it?


Photographing Models

Ok, before you go any further and then get disappointed, these are models of army vehicles, not the human kind.

Ok having disposed of that, a friend asked me to photograph a model for him. He gave me the model and piece of blue paper. “It is going into a book” he says.

My first attempts were at first ludicrous but eventually I evolved a light box.


For the technically minded:
Camera Canon EOS 60d
Fstop 16
Speed 1.3″
ISP 160

The results are shown here

If you are a keen modeller, then visit Chris’ web site here.

Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black who had three careers died today.
She was a child actor, a mother and wife and she was a business woman and diplomat. You don’t get more succesful than that.
I saw a quote of hers that I liked.

“I stopped believing in Santa Claus at the age of six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph.”

Mind you the other quote, come philosophy that works for me is:

“Some people are stuck on this image of the little girl,” she once said. “She is not me. We shouldn’t live in the past; my life is now.”

Gaffing a seal

During our trip to see pelagic birds off Cape Point we followed a long line fishing vessel fishing for kingklip. The birds follow the vessels to collect the by-catch. You can see the scrum in this picture.

longline scrum

Sometimes the birds get caught too. See the nylon in the birds beak? There is most likely a hook attached.


Seals also follow the boats and collect escapees and by catch
Here is a seal tucking into a kingklip dinner.

seal dinner

The problem is that seals get a bit enthusiastic about collecting the by catch and escapees. To discourage the seals the fishermen lure them in then gaf them. Don’t believe me? Check out the following sequence.
Fisherman waiting.


Got him.


And haul him in.


A little higher perhaps?


The food the seal was scoring was the heads that were being tossed off the boat by the fishermen. We watched as the heads were carefully collected around the stern of the boat. A pointless bit of cruelty, but then I am not a fisherman.

Dunno you decide.

Deuteronomy Goes to the USA

This is an old story, but worth putting back here:
When my grandson Sami was born, Niki Botha knitted him a toy dragon. Debate raged on how to transport a dragon, albeit a toy dragon to the USA. When I bought a rucksack, the problem was solved. Deuteronomy claimed the back seat of rucksack.

This is a picture of him practicing riding on the back seat of the rucksack.


Sami with the Dragon

More star pictures

I went to Gecko Creek and had dark skies like you will not believe. I did some astro-imaging and got some pictures of interest. I still haven’t got it sussed yet. Eventually I will.

The Orion nebula. First time I got colour

Great Orion Nebula

Star trails. 30 seconds. I am going to have to extend the time.


Astronomical Question

I was in the Cedarberg mountains, Western Cape, South Africa.
I was photographing Venus as it set in the west.
The bright object is Venus but what is that green object at 5 o’clock?


Technical details:
I was using a 100 – 400 canon telephoto lens. Focal length is reported as 100 mm.
It isn’t a lens or camera aberration as it appears in other photographs in different positions. And in the second photo it has trailed.
I have ruled out M9 and NGC 6356 as being too far away.
The star at 6 o’clock to it is, I suspect is c Oph.
I am lost.

Additional bigger pictures are here: