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Architecture Art Deco

Architecture

I live in the centre of Cape Town and there is some really great architecture around. I love art decor and there are a number of really fine examples of that type of architecture.
Here are some pictures of buildings in Cape Town. I will keep updating this page as I find more buildings that take my fancy.

Enjoy.

Lets start with one of my favourites overlooking the Company Gardens

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Then of course the Centre of the Book. Not art deco, but still pleasing to the eye.

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At the bottom end of the Company Gardens is St Georges Cathedral. Lovely Anglican architecture in the local Table Mountain sandstone.

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The newly added clock tower

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The Methodist church on Green Market Square is a beautiful structure.

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A mosque holds its own against the surrounding sky scrapers. A lovely softening of the hard concrete jungle that surrounds it.

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Talking of concrete jungle. I was looking for the flowing lines of art deco and found this brutalist passage way.

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And this one too.

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Also on Long Street two interesing frilly fancy buildings.

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More art deco
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Some more churches.

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And to round off this late Victorian building. A bit worse for wear, but still beautiful.

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Art graffiti

Murals and Graffiti

Cape Town has some great Murals and Graffiti. As I get pictures, I will add them here.

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Muizenberg

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Architecture Art Deco Uncategorized

Doors and Doorways

Doors and doorways always fascinate me.
Here is a collection of such images.

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Renonvations Riviersonderend

Floor Repairs

This post traces the floor repairs from the moment we saw the problem, until we finally got it fixed.

The initial damage.

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Because we were getting visitors, we had to do an emergency patch.
(We were ably assisted Mark Williams and a number of craftsmen from the Riviersonderend area. Equally Munir Davids for technical advice.)

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After the visit, we had to do a very careful assessment of the state of the floor, so we lifted the floor boards

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The white on the bearer is dry rot. It was everywhere.

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So we lifted the entire floor.

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Which allowed us to see the extent of the problem. The water actually rises out of the soil under the house.

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The water rose nearly 2 cm while we were there one night.

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While we were about it, we stripped the walls of the layers of paint, mostly enamel and whitewash.

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Then we built pillars to support the bearers and a plinth for a fire place. We also decided to rewire the place.

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We laid sand and thick plastic sheeting to keep the water out. Then the wood started to go in.

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Then the flooring was taken in and allowed to acclimatise.

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We installed an extractor fan to keep the humidity and hence the dry rot out. The fan runs for an hour every day,

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Then the floor was in. Not sanded or sealed but in.

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And our lights were also fitted.

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Astro-photography Astronomy

Moon Venus Conjunction – June 2020

The Moon and Venus were extremely close on 19 June, 2020 and I was lucky to capture some images.

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Birding Photography

Processing RAW Photographs

They say you should should only photograph using RAW images but I have not put any effort into learning the processing packages. A recent picture of a Juvenile Fiscal Flycatcher had bad contrast and lighting, It was ideal for post-processing using DarkTable. The result was pleasantly surprising. Here are the results of my initial efforts. Probably with more practice the results will be better, but I am quite pleased with what I achieved.

Badly lit juvenile Fiscal Flycatcher

This is the original pictures. Note how little detail is visible on the back of the bird and how the colours are muted.

Processed Fiscal Flycatcher

Here is the same picture after processing. The difference is quite marked.

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GIFs Photography Table Mountain

Clouds hurrying over Table Mountain

The cold front reaches Table Mountain

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Dirt Road Travel

The Open Road

The R407, a dirt road between Klaarstroom and Willomore in the Eastern Cape is a brilliant drive if you like dirt roads.

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It is very, very hot and dry and it makes you realize how big South Africa really is.

Driving the road in my old Subaru Imprezza was fun because of its amazing road holding. I cannot wait to take my new Imprezza out for a long dirt road drive.

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Birding

Klaas’ Cuckoo

Great excitement in the household when we spotted a Klaas’ Cuckoo in Gardens, Cape Town. We had heard vague whispers of its call, but not enough to be sure. Then one morning during lock down, it came to cheer us up. Isn’t she a beaut?

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Astro-photography

Orion Setting over Lions Head

At this time of the year Orion sets directly over Lions Head. This year there were clear skies and very little pollution due to lockdown. There was as always light pollution a hazard in astrophotography, but I still got a reasonable picture.