Table Mountain walks

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Claims of the Land

I recently entered a painting in  for an exhibition here in Cape Town entitled ” Claims for the Land”.  I painted this last year experimenting with acrylics which I am not very familiar with. It was fun and as the painting developed, I saw the Mavericks plane hovering over the city.  It usually emerges when something big is happening in the city, particularly a big rugby or cricket match.  When the exhibition came up, I redid the little plane with Attitude, entitled “Mother Nature”.

The firefighters made a huge impression on me after the recent fires on Table Mountain so I came up with this painting in oils on canvas.  Claims of the land has stuck in my mind so I guess I shall continue along that vein.mother nature painting of chopper

Fire on Table Mountain

10-029 09-026 08-021 07-019 06-010 05-037 04-035 01-040Table Mountain National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, is so rich in floral biodiversity.  The type of vegetation is Fynbos which has developed over millions of years with restios dating as far back as 60 million.   This is a fire-dependent vegetation that needs to burn around every 15 years or so to stimulate new growth.  Unfortunately houses have infected the mountainside, so fires that would be beneficial for the survival of plants, are extinguished.

I took a walk early this morning and some of these pics can give you a feel of what its like.02-009

Weekend walk on the mountain

There is a wonderful site called Meetup and its a great way of getting out and meeting new people.
There are so many groups to choose from or you can start your own.  I particularly like the groups that walk on the mountain and this morning we walked from Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch.

It was a glorious day yesterday and I walked through the grounds of Groot Constantia, one of the Capes oldest wine farms founded by Simon van der Stel in 1685. I love the fact that the grounds are open to the public with so much to appreciate.SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC