This is a guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa.
Full of energy we planned to start the new year with a nice outdoor excursion. Well, the original plan was to go “kloofing” (swimming/paddling) down through a long mountain river gorge. But too many other people had the same idea and so we (group of friends) had to switch to a beach walk. The beach walk turned out to be an excellent option – it was a cool, semi-cloudy day and we could start just before spring-low tide, ensuring that we had nice hard sand to walk on. The walk was along the Southern Cape coastline; from Buffelsbay to Sedgefield, a total distance of about 12 kilometres. This took approximately three and a half hours to complete. We have walked sections of the route before, but it was the first time that I walked the entire distance.
A weathered tree stump close to Buffelsbay. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A scorpion venturing close to the surf. Not its usual habitat! ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Black oyster catchers (or more correctly African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini) on the appropriately named midsection of the walk called the Oysterbanks.©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Rocks along the coastline, sculptured by sea, sand and wind.
The only people we met along the way were these two fisherman. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A giant whale vertebrae found along the way. A large seagull feather on the side provide some sense of scale. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A similar whalebone resting on a rock shelve. The main group of walkers can be seen in the background. The photographer getting left behind because of all the photo opportunities.©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
©Theo van Zyl
A rusted boiler from ship that washed out onto the beach. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Decay of the coastal dune belt is clear on this picture. This is the first time we have noticed this occurring on this section of coastline.©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Section of the damaged dune with sand sifting down. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
The abundance of oysters on the rocks show why the Oysterbanks name is so appropriate. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
More whale bones, this time with our friend Heyns to provide some scale. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
Nearing the end of the walk, looking back at Skuinsklip (translated as “slanted rock”) – a popular fishing spot. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A close-up of Skuinsklip. ©WMB/notesfromafrica.wordpress.com
A photographer snapping another photographer in action. Me (AKA Willie) incognito, covered up to protect against the extreme UV conditions. ©Theo van Zyl
A Happy New Year to everyone!
Thank you to Theo van Zyl for allowing me to use some of his photographs for this post.